After finishing round 13 of the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America in the gravel trap at the top of the Corkscrew, JDX Racing’s Will Martin bounced back in round 14 to take a lights-to-flag victory at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca during Rennsport Reunion 7.
The British racer started from pole and led the field into the Andretti hairpin on the opening lap. From that point forward, he was never headed over the 40-minute jouney despite having rival and provisional Pro class champion Riley Dickinson chasing his wheel tracks.
Dickinson crossed the line with a 2.169 second margin over his Kellymoss rival with round 13 winner Tom Sargent in third place.
The win by Martin was his third of the season – repeating his victories from Long Beach and Watkins Glen earlier this year.
“After getting the double pole, we were super pleased go get the win,” Martin said.
“The first race wasn’t an ideal situation, but we bounced back and got redemption again. The team have all done a brilliant job and we’ve been working super hard to stay up the front and it’s starting to pay off.
“I’m now really looking forward to COTA. We did a few test days there and they went really well, so hopefully it wil be more of the same.”
The Rafa Racing Club Pro-Am class welcomed a new winner to victory lane with PJ Hyett scoring his first class victory.
After earning pole on Saturday, Hyett now has a class win to his credit – one earned during a busy weekend for the AO Racing team owner who had seven historic Porsche race cars on track during Rennsport Reunion 7.
Hyett has enjoyed a busy season this year in Porsche machinery – building a huge fan following for “Rexy” – his dinosaur-themed entries into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA WEC.
He took his Kellymoss-prepared entry to victory ahead of Chris Bellomo (MDK) who scored his second runner-up finish for the weekend. After being provisionally crowned the Pro-Am champion in round 13, Efrin Castro unfortuantely suffered a spin while leading late in the race but recovered to finish third.
”I can’t complain about that result. I want to take a special shout out to my team for Carrera Cup, Kellymoss,” Hyett said.
“They’ve done an exceptional job on the car, they have an awesome crew and I couldn’t be more thrilled for them.
“Getting my first race win at Rennsport 7 – it’s awesome.”
Scott Noble’s championship charge continued with his sixth consecutive Am win over his MDK Motorsports team boss Mark Kvamme. Wright Motorsports’ John Goetz again joined the MDK duo on the podium for the champagne celebration.
“That was intense. It took a lot of stamina and a lot of patience,” Noble said.
“Mark only made two mistakes all weekend and that ended up costing him the lead and I ended up winning. It was just a whole lot of fun. Mark’s a great friend and a great team owner.
“We’ve got a heck of a championship points race going on, and I hope I can come out on top.”