PWC: Pumpelly wins Round 4 GTS Race at St. Petersburg
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PWC: Pumpelly wins Round 4 GTS Race at St. Petersburg

Spencer Pumpelly won the Round 4 GTS class Streets of St. Petersburg race, as part of the Cadillac Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Pumpelly, an accomplished veteran that has competed at the top levels of sportscar racing for over a decade recorded his first career win in Pirelli World Challenge.

Off of the standing start, pole sitter and Round 3 winner Dean Martin, in the No. 50 Rehagen Racing/Picture Cars East Ford Mustang Boss 302 led second on the grid Kurt Rezzetano in the No. 37 Calvert Dynamics/Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 through turn 1 with Pumpelly, who had qualified fourth in close pursuit.

With Rezzetano battling to pass Martin through Turns 4 and 5 on lap 1, both Mustangs ran wide allowing Pumpelly to cut underneath and move into first. Martin held onto second over Rezzetano. Pumpelly won the Cadillac ATS-V Move of the Race with the pass for first.

The race went full-course yellow on lap 3 after the No. 33 Gear Tie/Nite Ize Ford Mustang Boss 302 of Dan Martinson made contact with the concrete barriers through turns 4 and 5 and sat wounded. Debris from the No. 33 car lay on the track.

On the lap 8 restart, Pumpelly maintained his lead over Martin, while Rezzetano was passed by teammate Andrew Aquilante in the No. 32 Calvert Dynamics/Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 for third. Pursuing in fourth was Round 1 winner Kris Wilson in the No. 07 Orion/Royal Purple/LaSalle Solutions/PassTime USA Aston Martin Vantage GT4 while Round 2 winner Michael Cooper in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Z28 held fifth. Cooper won the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start Award gaining six positions off of the standing start.

On lap 10, Aquilante was closing the gap on Martin while Pumpelly opened up a 10-car lead in first. On lap 11, it was Pumpelly leading over Martin, Aquilante, Rezzetano, Wilson and Cooper. On lap 18 Martin went wide on turn 1 leaving the door open for Aquilante to take second. Rezzetano followed suit and passed Martin as well.

By lap 26, Pumpelly had opened up a gap of over 2.5 seconds on Aquilante. When the checkered flew on lap 33, Pumpelly scored a dominating three-second win. Aquilante finished second, while teammate Rezzetano finished third. Rounding out the top 5 were Martin in fourth and Cooper in fifth.
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