DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – No matter how you spell it, Dillon and Dylan are IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge champions.
Dillon Machavern and Dylan Murcott, a young-gun, small-town duo, arrived on the Grand Sport championship scene midway through the season in the No. 28 RS1 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR. Not only was this the first season for the RS1 team in the GS class after winning the 2016 Street Tuner championship, it also was the first full season for both drivers in the Continental Tire Challenge.
“Obviously RS1 was successful last year with the ST program, so it was just a natural path to move up,” said Machavern, who currently lives in Charlotte, Vt. “There was definitely some pressure to perform because of how well they did, even being a relatively new team in ST, but we knew we had a solid team behind us and that our driver pairing was going to be strong.”
Machavern and Murcott were far from strangers when they were slotted into the driver lineup together. The two were paired for a ST effort with Mitchum Motorsports in 2014, the same year Machavern won the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Am championship and one year prior to Murcott claiming the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Gallardo championship.
It was during Murcott’s championship season in 2015 that he was called up to drive for RS1 at Watkins Glen. He qualified the car fourth and the team finished sixth.
“We had a good run there and I did four more races with (RS1) in 2015,” said Murcott. “I knew from then that I wanted to run with them and if I had a good teammate, we’d be able to win the championship one day.”
The first step towards that dream began at Circuit of The Americas in 2016. Machavern made his first start with Murcott and RS1 at the Texas circuit, finishing 13th, and the rest was history.
“We drive very similar, so it’s very easy to set up the car for both of us,” said Murcott, a native of Ancram, New York. “It’s pretty easy to make us both happy and we communicate really well with the team. Dillon and I have both won Lamborghini championships with our car chief, so we knew what we needed in the car and we all just clicked really well.”
As one would expect from a championship-worthy team, the No. 28 always found a way to rebound from poor luck and capitalize on momentum. The team finished outside the top 10 only once this season, 11th at Sebring International Raceway in February, but bookended that with a pair of top-five finishes to offset any backslide in the point standings.
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