Stephens Gives Conquest West Fourth Straight Win in Late Pass

Photo: Brian Cleary/SRO

A late charge by Michai Stephens sealed Conquest Racing West’s fourth consecutive overall victory in Friday’s Pirelli GT4 America season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Stephens drove from third to first in the No. 35 Mercedes-AMG GT4 to make the ultimate pass for the win with two minutes to go around the No. 59 WR Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Paul Terry.

He stretched out to a 2.447-second win in the 60-minute contest, sharing the winning Mercedes with co-driver Colin Mullan.

The WR Aston came home second in the hands of Terry, who inherited a 15-second lead from Aston Martin junior Valentin Hasse-Clot, who dominated the first half of the race from pole.

Despite missing out on the overall win, Terry and Hasse-Clot still picked up Pro-Am class honors.

The Silver class championship-winning No. 72 Murillo Racing Mercedes of Kenny Murillo and Christian Szymczak completed the overall podium with a second place finish in class.

Pro-Am class champions Matt Travis and Jason Hart took their No. 47 Nolasport Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport to a fourth place overall result, with the Silver class Dexter Racing Aston Martin completing the top-five.

Jon Miller and Chandler Hull were sixth in the No. 94 BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT4 ahead of the Am class-winning No. 68 Smooge Racing Toyota GR Supra GT4 of Kevin Conway and John Geesbreght.

The No. 15 BSport Aston Martin, which charged from the rear of the grid due to a technical infringement in qualifying to third in the hands of Kenton Koch, ultimately finished eighth overall and third in the Pro-Am class after fading late in the hands of Bryan Putt.

Contact with another car took the No. 11 Classic BMW of Stevan McAleer out of the running in the closing stages of the race, with a number of other cars hitting trouble over the course of the season-ending race.

RESULTS: Race 2

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