A win is a win, and that’s exactly what Riley Dickinson got on Sunday morning at Road America.
In Round 2 for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season, Dickinson started from the pole position in the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup car.
While he was overtaken on the first lap by Saturday’s race winner, Jeff Kingsley in the No. 16 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche, Dickinson stayed within sight of the leader.
Following a restart with less than five minutes remaining in the race, Kingsley leapt ahead of the field and seemed to be on his way to a weekend sweep.
On the penultimate lap, however, the No. 16 Porsche drove wide into Turn 5 and as Kingsley gathered the car, Dickinson sped past into the lead and on to the victory.
“The Moorespeed guys, they stayed up late last night making sure all the boxes were checked with everything on the car, making sure everything was all squared away,” said Dickinson
“When the full-course yellow came out, I knew that was going to be my final opportunity. We definitely got lucky with Jeff making that mistake. I hate to win it like that but at the end of the day, it was the right place, right time.”
While Kingsley jostled a bit trying to save the car, he held off the hard-charging No. 99 Porsche of Alan Metni and Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports for the second spot.
Finishing third for the second consecutive race, Metni also swept the victories this weekend in the Platinum Masters class for drivers aged 45 and older.
In the Gold Cup class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars built between 2014 and 2016, there was drama even before the green flag was waved.
Saturday’s winner, Efrin Castro in the No. 65 TPC Racing Porsche, was primed to start the race first-in-class. However, on the out lap, Castro’s Porsche whipped around and hit the Turn 5 wall.
As Castro pitted for a repair service, Curt Swearingin assumed the lead in his No. 17 ACI Motorsports Porsche and went on to claim the victory.
It was Swearingin’s first career win in the series after he finished third in the 2019 GT3 Cup Challenge USA Gold Cup standings, scoring a best finish of third place six times.
The Yokohama Hard Charger Award on Sunday was awarded to Bart Collins for gaining the most positions throughout the race in Gold Cup.
His No. 22 MCR Racing Porsche finished third in class after capitalizing on Castro’s misfortune and the absence of Kurt Fazekas’ No. 52 Kelly-Moss Porsche from the grid after an incident on Saturday.
RESULTS: Race 2