BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – The Murillo Racing team of Christian Szymczak and Matthew Fassnacht took the overall win in Saturday afternoon’s Pirelli GT4 SprintX series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
From the green flag, pole sitter Szymczak, in the No. 34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 led over second-place starter Elivan Goulart with Karl Wittmer and Friday’s co-race winner Jason Hart in pursuit in third and fourth, respectively. Before the first lap had been completed, Goulart passed Szymczak for the lead and by the second lap grew his lead over the pack by an over five-car gap.
By lap-five the battle behind Goulart was intense between Hart and Szymczak who had moved into second and third respectively. Through turn 10, Hart and Szymczak came together with Hart going into the tire wall on the front straight allowing Szymczak to continue in second. By lap 13, Goulart continued in the lead followed by Szymczak, Wittmer and Stevan McAleer.
On lap 16, race control issued a full-course yellow as Karl Thomson went off in turn five. On the lap-19 restart, Goulart led Szymczak and Gannett to the line.
By lap 26, Goulart continued to lead the field by 2.5 seconds. On lap 27 the pit window opened, Goulart came in passing the lead over to Wittmer with Greg Liefooghe in pursuit. Liefooghe then assumed the lead a lap later when Wittmer came in for the driver change.
By lap 29, the pit window had closed, and all teams had changed over to their second drivers. Fassnacht led Geraci with Gannett in third and Brynjolfsson pursuing in fourth. On lap 30, Gannett and Brynjolfsson battled for position with contact occurring between the two drivers. Brynjolfsson moved into third but was subsequently given a drive-through penalty by race control for infringement. Gannett moved back into third.
By lap 32, Fassnacht pushed his lead on the pack to six seconds. Brynjolfsson would serve his penalty moving Geraci into second with Gannett into third overall. At the checkered, the Fassnacht/Szymczak team took the victory by 7.5 seconds ahead of the Geraci/Goulart team in second. The Gannett/Wittmer team finished third overall. The top-five included the Mueller/James Clay team and the Quinlan/Liefooghe team.