ALTON, Va. – It was an impressive double win weekend for GT4 Am driver Matt Fassnacht, who swept the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint class doubleheader at Virginia Int’l Raceway in the No. 53 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Starting Sunday’s race from the pole in the GT4 50-minute feature at the high-speed 3.27-mile, 17-turn permanent road circuit, Fassnacht played a waiting game in the early portions of the 24-lap event as he trailed leaders Jarett Andretti and Spencer Pumpelly.
Unfortunately for Andretti and Pumpelly, their great drives were halted by cut tires after a superb wheel-to-wheel battle. Pumpelly retired on lap 10 after challenging Andretti for the lead, while the third-generation racer and a North Carolina State grad pulled his mount off the circuit at lap 19 while holding the lead over Fassnacht.
After the leaders retired, Fassnacht was able to open his margin to some four seconds over veteran driver Gar Robinson. A late race caution period forced the 50-minute contest to finish under the yellow flag, with Fassnacht defeating Robinson by just .177 of a second. It was a big weekend for Fassnacht after his sensational drive to victory in Saturday’s GT4 Sprint contest.
“I was hopeful I would pull off another win today and we made it a double weekend,” said Fassnacht. “I want to thank Pirelli, Murillo Racing, Mercedes-AMG and my wife, Laura, and family for letting me come out here to VIR and race. I love this track. I’m taking in the moment right now. I’m not sure if we’ll campaign the GT4 Sprint series for the rest of the year just yet. Hats off to (Jarett) Andretti and (Spencer) Pumpelly today. That was a fun race. Unfortunately, they had tires go down and I hate to see that way. This win boosts my confidence that I can run with these high-end pro drivers. It’s a big day for me.”
With Fassnacht capturing the GT4 Sprint Overall honors as well as the Am class win, Robinson scored his first GT4 Sprint race win followed by another GT4 veteran Ian James, Saturday’s Pro class winner Michael Cooper and Robinson’s teammate, Shane Lewis.
Trailing Fassnacht’s Mercedes-AMG GT4 car in the Am category was Drew Staveley, Marko Radisic, Sean Quinlan and Jeff Burton.