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Robichon Sweeps Road America Weekend

Zach Robichon claims weekend sweep in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama at Road America…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Zach Robichon completed more than 90 minutes of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama racing at Road America on Sunday out front, claiming a second race win of the weekend.

The Canadian started from pole and led every lap in the No. 19 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machine en route to a weekend sweep.

This time, he beat German driver David Kolkmann to the stripe by 15.075 seconds to take the victory.

While it was two-in-a-row for Robichon, it was four-in-a-row at Road America for Moorespeed, who swept both GT3 Cup Challenge USA races here last year with then-team driver Corey Fergus.

“I can’t say enough about the guys from Moorespeed,” said Robichon, who leads the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama point standings but made his first 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA appearance this weekend.

“The car, as we saw this weekend, has been just unbelievable.”

While Robichon checked out for the second consecutive day, the battle from second on back was tight throughout Sunday’s 45-minute race.

After starting sixth, Kolkmann managed to carve his way forward in the No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machine, taking second place away from Anthony Imperato in the No. 91 Wright Motorsports entry at the halfway point. That’s where the German driver finished.

Also for the second consecutive day, Trenton Estep, who leads the championship standings in the Platinum Cup class for cars built in 2017 and 2018, was embroiled in a race-long battle for podium positions.

Estep motored his No. 3 JDX Racing Porsche around Imperato with 13 minutes left in the race and considered a lunge to take second away from Kolkmann on the final lap before settling for a second-straight third-place trophy.

As a result, he now leads Roman De Angelis, who finished fourth in the No. 1 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche by 17 points, 316-299, with 10 of 16 races now complete. It was his ninth podium result of the season.

After finishing a season-best second on Saturday, Imperato held on to finish fifth on Sunday.

In the Platinum Cup Masters class for drivers over the age of 45, Charlie Luck picked up his fourth victory of the season and first since April at Barber Motorsports Park with a flawless performance in the No. 45 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

He beat Alan Metni in the No. 99 AM Motorsports/Kelly-Moss Porsche by 3.742 seconds.

Fred Poordad finished third in Platinum Masters in the No. 20 Wright Motorsports Porsche for his second class podium result of the season.

In Gold Cup for cars built between 2014 and 2016, Victor Gomez IV recovered from a mechanical issue in Saturday’s race to record his seventh victory of the season in the No. 25 NGT Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machine.

Bill Smith finished second in the No. 42 Topp Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car, matching his season-best result which he previously achieved in Race 1 at Watkins Glen in June.

Smith also earned the Yokohama Hard Charger Award for most positions gained in the Gold Cup class from start to finish in Sunday’s race. Rob Ferriol picked up his sixth podium result of the season in Gold Cup, coming home third in the No. 5 TPC Racing Porsche.


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