Conquest Racing/JMF Motorsport’s Jesse Webb was able to win a three-way battle for the lead in Sunset Bend with 18 minutes over Random Vandals Racing’s Kevin Boehm and Hanley Motorsports’ Daniel Hanley to take the overall lead Sunday (Sept. 24). From there, Webb was able to hold on to win Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Race No. 3 at Sebring International Raceway. It is Webb and Michai Stephens‘ fourth win of the year.
“It was the most amazing battle of my career [so far],” Webb told SRO America’s Amanda Busick after the race. “This was such a wonderful race to run. It was stressful at the end since Kevin [Boehm] was right there. What a race.”
Webb and Stephens’ margin of victory was 1.642 seconds over Boehm and Kenton Koch. AutoTechnic Racing’s John Capestro-Dubets and Zac Anderson were third, then STR38 Motorsports’ Harry Gottsacker and Chandler Hull. ACI Motorsports’ Andrew Davis and Francis Selldorff were fifth. The top-five finishers were also the top-five finishers in the Silver class.
Hanley Motorsports’ Parker Thompson started from the pole in his Toyota GR Supra GT4 over Saturday’s race winner Koch. The hope was that Sunday’s race would be less wreck-strewn than Race No. 2. While there were a couple of minor incidents, the 60-minute race did run caution-free.
Koch was able to get to the inside of Thompson in turn 3 to take the lead on the opening lap. NOLAsport’s Jason Hart and Stephens gave chase.
Eventually, Koch and Thompson broke away and attempted to settle the race by themselves. Seventeen minutes in, Thompson was able to out-brake Koch and retake the lead in turn 7.
The two continued to battle into the mid-race pit stops. Koch pitted first in order to give way to Boehm. Thompson stopped a couple laps later to put Hanley in the car.
When the stops were complete. Hanley was in the lead, but with Boehm and Webb right on his tail. Webb managed to get past Boehm for second fairly quickly, but Boehm came back on him.
A couple of laps later, Hanley slipped exiting turn 16. That allowed Webb to get alongside on the Ullman Straight for the lead. Both drivers were balked, allowing Boehm to get past both of them for the lead.
Webb then stuck his nose inside of Boehm in Sunset Bend. That move was successful, allowing Webb to take the lead. Once out front, Webb opened up a small gap on the Crowdstrike BMW.
For Hanley, he dropped back into the clutches of Capestro-Dubets. However, he was forced to serve a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane in the final two laps of the race. He and Thompson would have to settle for eighth overall, sixth in Silver.
Webb was able to hold on over the final 15 minutes of the race to take the win. The triumph sets up Stephens and Webb fairly well to take on Anderson for the Silver championship in Indianapolis.
Hart’s time at the front did not last long. Twelve minutes into the race, Hart ground to a stop in Sunset Bend with a mechanical issue. He was able to restart the car and get onto the pit lane for the NOLAsport crew to take a look at it, but his day was done.
Hart’s issues saw Cooper take over the class lead in his Aston Martin with TechSport Racing’s Bryan Heitkotter giving chase in his Nissan Z GT4. While Thompson and Koch battled for the overall lead, Cooper and Heitkotter were having their own battle that was only interrupted by the pit stops.
Jason Bell inherited the class lead from Cooper and had a much more comfortable run. The lead went from a couple of car lengths to six seconds, courtesy of a good pit stop. From there, Bell simply maintained to take the victory in sixth overall.
Bell and Cooper won by 6.282 seconds over van Berlo and Curt Swearingin. The official margin is actually 7.882 seconds due to a penalty being given to the No. 7 Porsche for being under the minimum pit lane delta during the mid-race pit stop.
TechSport Racing’s Eric Powell, running by himself, finished third in his Nissan, followed by BimmerWorld Racing’s Tyler McQuarrie and James Walker Jr. Rooster Hall Racing’s Colin Garrett, who wrapped the TCX championship in the TC America race earlier in the day, and Johan Schwartz were fifth.
In the Am class, Krugspeed’s Jaden Lander started from the pole in his Supra, but quickly lost the advantage to Carrus Callas Raceteam’s Terry Borcheller. The veteran racer led early towards the back of the top 10 overall, like he did on Friday.
Borcheller led easily to the mid-race stops, where Nick Shanny took over. It did not take long before Rennsport One’s Roland Krainz approached to battle for the lead. Krugspeed’s Anthony Geraci and BimmerWorld Racing’s Charlie Postins joined in to make it a four-way battle.
Geraci was able to get past Shanny with 17 minutes remaining to take the lead. He then drove away before having to deal with Postins in the closing laps.
Geraci was able to use the slower Pro-Am Mercedes of Custodio Toledo as a pick to slow up Postins coming to the white flag. That move was enough for Geraci and Lander to take their first win of the year in ninth overall.
Geraci and Lander’s margin of victory was 2.429 seconds over Postins and James Clay. Rennsport One’s Austin and Roland Krainz were third in their Porsche, then STR38 Motorsports’ Chris Allen and Robert Mau. NOLAsport’s Nelson Calle and Juan Pablo Martinez were fifth.
The Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Silver and Pro-Am championships will be decided in two weeks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Race No. 1 will be Friday, Oct. 6 at 4:55 p.m. ET. The race will be streamed live on the GT World YouTube channel and SpeedSport1. Motorsport.tv subscribers will also get access to a stream.
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