The 2022 Pirelli GT4 America sequence concludes this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with two 60-minute races on Friday, 7 October and Sunday, 9 October.
31 automobiles are on the provisional entry listing for the upcoming GT4 America finale, printed earlier this week. This 12 months, GT4 automobiles at Indy is not going to be part of the Indianapolis 8 Hour Race as they had been in 2020 and 2021, however they are going to have the stage to themselves on Sunday for the ultimate day of SRO Motorsports America competitors.
The #18 RS1 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport RS of Eric Filgueiras and Stevan McAleer has been the dominant pressure in 2022, with 9 total and Silver Cup victories in 12 races this season. Filgueiras and McAleer can clinch the Silver Drivers’ and Groups’ Championships as early as Race 1 on Friday.
By the e-book they’d want to complete eighth at school or higher to wrap up the titles in race one, however with solely 5 registered Silver Cup entries, all Filgueiras and McAleer have to do to clinch the championship is to merely end Race 1.
The one different squad with a mathematical probability on the Silver crown is the #34 Conquest Racing/JMF Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Michai Stephens and Gavin Sanders.
Stephens and Conquest Racing swept each GT4 America races at Indy final 12 months, which is what they’d have to have any shot on the title – however they’d additionally require a double-DNF from Filgueiras and McAleer, who’ve solely failed to complete one race this season.
The #68 Smooge Racing Toyota GR Supra GT4 (Kevin Conway/John Geesbreght) will purpose for his or her top quality win since Race 2 at Street America, whereas the #51 AutoTechnic Racing BMW M4 GT3 (Austen Smith/Zac Anderson) and the #33 Forbush Efficiency GR Supra (Matt Forbush/Caleb Bacon) can be making an attempt for his or her first wins of the season.
Whereas the Silver championships are all however safe, there’s a four-way battle for the Professional-Am title that can be determined this weekend.
NOLASPORT, the reigning Professional-Am champions, enter the weekend with their flagship #47 Porsche Cayman of Scott Noble and Jason Hart main the standings by ten factors, after profitable their class in Race 2 at Sebring two weeks in the past.
Hart led NOLASPORT to a weekend sweep at Indy final 12 months, capping off a dominant season for the New Orleans-based outfit in 2021. This 12 months, nonetheless, the battle is far nearer.
The #120 Premier Racing Cayman RS (Adam Adelson/Elliott Skeer) continues to be second within the championship regardless of a brutal DNF in Race 1 at Sebring. Adelson has the chance to win two championships this weekend, because the Las Vegas native can also be concerned in a five-way battle for the GT America GT4 class title.
33 factors behind the main duo of Noble and Hart, the #8 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 (Elias Sabo/Andy Lee) have the chance to return from behind and take Flying Lizard’s second set of championships in three years. Sabo and Lee have seven podiums this season together with a string of second-place finishes at school, however no class wins in 2022.
And 41 factors again, the #52 AutoTechnic M4 GT4 (Tom Capizzi/John Capestro-Dubets) can also be mathematically eligible, although they face the longest odds. Capizzi and JCD have two wins this season.
Additionally throughout the Professional-Am ranks, there are a number of adjustments. Damages sustained from Hurricane Ian have pressured BSport Racing to withdraw from this occasion. Nonetheless, the Coronary heart of Racing Workforce are again, with Grey Newell and Ian James again aboard their #24 Vantage GT4.
Toby Grahovec, the workforce supervisor of Quick Monitor Racing, has additionally been known as again into driving duties alongside paraplegic racer Tim Horrell within the#10 M4 GT4. Grahovec drove alongside McAleer final season in Professional-Am, incomes two class wins.
James Clay and Charlie Postins have already sealed the Am Cup Championships at Sebring, and at Indy their #36 BimmerWorld M4 GT4 ought to be sturdy – notably as BimmerWorld took GT4 honours on the Indy 8 Hour within the two years the place GT4 and GT3 automobiles raced collectively.
The Am Cup area can be supplemented by the return of the #60 Dexter Racing Ginetta G56 GT4 (Matt Rivard/Ben Anderson), which gained its class in Race 2 at Sonoma Raceway, however has been out of motion since struggling an accident early within the weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park. STR38 Motorsports are additionally fielding the #38 M4 GT4 for veteran rally racer Ramana Lagemann, and Robert Mau.
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