The Mitchum Motorsports team went away from Road Atlanta this past weekend with a lot of new hardware and wearing champagne after a massively successful weekend to generate momentum heading into the offseason.
In the Continental Tire Sports Car Championship (CTSC) Street Tuner class, full season drivers Dillon Machavern and Dylan Murcott piloted the #10 BMW 128i to a season best 11th place finish after an up-and-down year. The pairing ended the season with multiple Top-20 finishes on the season to show the potential of the program, car and drivers in the ultra-competitive series.
The true rewards came for both drivers and the team in the Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo as Machavern and Murcott would run both in series’ on the weekend. Machavern went into the weekend leading the Amateur class drivers’ standings, with Mitchum Motorsports second in the team standings.
Machavern would show his form the entire weekend, clearly focused on the task at hand. He would qualify his #46 Lamborghini Chicago entry first in the Amateur class and sixth overall for the first race of the weekend. That race he would end up taking his second overall victory of the season, and be on pole position for the second race. Dillon would make a conservative start to the second race knowing he had to conserve his tires for the strong finish, and following his pit stop, that’s exactly what he did. Machavern would cross the line second overall and win yet another race in the Amateur class, and in doing so won the 2014 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Amateur Drivers’ Championship.
“I’m really proud of the entire team and how much work they have put in this season. We had an awesome end to the season with our best finish of the year in the BMW, and of course winning in the Lamborghini and taking the team and drivers’ championship is amazing.” Dillon continues; “I want to thank my parents for providing me with such great opportunities and the team for all their hard work this year. I’m looking forward to big things in the 2015 racing season!”
In the teams’ #80 Lamborghini Palm Beach machine would be Matt McMurry making his return and team driver Dylan Murcott making his series debut. They would qualify in the eighth overall position leading into the first race, and second in the Amateur class. A tough run in the first race after repairing the car from an off in the qualifying session moved the pairing down to 11th finishing position overall, and sixth in the Amateur class in the first race, which would also serve as their starting position for the second round of the weekend. The second round went far better, with both drivers making up ground on the competition, and also greatly assisting the team in their quest in the championship by finishing on the podium in third place. This would mark both drivers’ first podium in the series and for McMurry establishes yet another record by being the youngest driver in series history to start and podium in the series at just 16 years 313 days old as he hoisted the trophy.
McMurry states; “Achieving a podium finish in my fourth GT race ever was very special. I’ve really enjoyed the GT experience with Mitchum and Lamborghini, and I’m looking forward to more GT racing in the future.” McMurry adds to an impressive record of being the youngest to also start and finish the 24 hours of Le Mans, and compete in the European Le Mans Series among others.
Rounding out the lineup on the weekend in the #07 Lamborghini Atlanta would be team driver Lee Carpentier and Casey Carden making his series debut. The pairing would qualify their entry fourth in the Amateur class to start the first event, and cross the finish in fifth position in class and eighth position overall. In the second race of the weekend, the pairing would run strong and assist the team in their quest for the championship. In the end, Carpentier, who had multiple podium finishes on the season, would end the season third in the Amateur Drivers Championship for a fitting end to a difficult beginning of the season.
“After a long and trying season I am very happy to see the Mitchum team come away with the Team Championship title in the Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. I’m also ecstatic to bring home third in the Amateur class after all the hard work put in by everyone to make this season happen” states Carpentier.
For team owner Chris Mitchum, the series championship is truly a team effort. The entire team will celebrate a much deserved ending to the grueling season and take this momentum into the 2015 racing season.
The race can be viewed on Fox Sports 1 at Noon EST on Sunday, October 12th.
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