Dillon Machavern of Charlotte and his racing partner Dylan Murcott of Ancram, N.Y. won the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series Grand Sport Drivers’ Championship. Points are accumulated over the season and the team with the most points at the end is awarded the championship.
Sports car racing is unique, in that engines and cars are only allowed minor modifications; the vehicles are production model cars made by manufacturers such as Porsche, Aston Martin, Maclaren, and BMW.
Machavern won driving No. 28 RS1 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR; he and Murcott finished the season with a total of 279 points. Their victory was slim over the next finishing teams; they were only 13 and 14 points ahead of second and third place.
During this year’s racing season, announcers nicknamed the pair and referred to the pair as D2. Machavern said that the crew joked that it made radio communications between the pit box and the driver easy – there was always a Dillon/Dylan behind the wheel.
“This title is absolutely incredible,” Machavern noted. “It’s a huge team effort for all the boys at RS1. They worked so hard all season and today just showed what they’re willing to do in order to take home a title.”
Though they were close in points to the other teams and suffered a series of mishaps including an engine failure and a failed catalytic converter during their last race of the season, the team was able to stick it out and finish the race, clinching their first place title.
The entire season was telecast on FOX Sports 1 and is available at IMSA.com and on IMSA’s YouTube Channel.