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Multimatic Close out Championship with Road Atlanta Win

Multimatic Motorsports’ Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson, in their Ford Shelby GT350R-C, won the Road Atlanta 150 and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge driver’s championship after an exciting season finale 4.668 seconds ahead of Marc Miller’s Porsche Cayman. Spencer Pumpelly and Nick Galante mirrored Multimatic’s efforts by finishing at the top of the ST category and capturing the championship in their RS 1 Porsche Cayman.

Road Atlanta 150 Provisional Restults

Maxwell led the field to the green flag and needed only to complete minimum drive time with his team mate to capture the championship. Behind the GS category, Jason Rabe’s Cayman led the ST class from the start, but was quickly passed by Tyler Cooke’s in the BMW 325i.

Lending to the strong early pace of the Porsches, Danny Burkett was able to get around Maxwell’s Shelby on Lap 13. Meanwhile, in the ST category the two HART civics had already sustained noticeable rear-end damage. The damage eventually produced the second and final caution of the race, leaving debris on track.

The first full course yellow flew after the No. 12 Cayman of Cameron Cassels touched fenders with Charlie Putman’s Aston Martin coming into Turn 12 and subsequently hit the wall hard at pit entrance. Most of the field pitted during the short intermission, but the Multimatic Shelby stayed out, taking the lead.

An exciting final restart provided multiple changes for the lead when Guy Cosmo spun his Cayman GT4 Clubsport coming to the green. CJ Wilson Racing’s Till Bechtolsheimer led the field but Paul Holton muscled his way around for the lead in his Shelby. Holton was soon passed by Marc Miller who was passed by Charles Espenlaub before the end of the lap. The race settled for a short while before the final round of green flag pit stops.

The race culminated with a rambunctious final stint as previous points leader in ST, Stevan McAleer, led his championship rival, Spencer Pumpelly. Steam began to pour out McAleer’s MX–5 before slowing down, pitting, and ending Freedom Autosport’s championship run. With less than 20 minutes to go on the clock, the ST championship tide would turn from Freedom Autosport to RS1 as Spencer Pumpelly inherited a comfortable lead to win in class.

With just three laps to go, Ryan Eversley was able to get by Mat Pombo putting the No. 93 Civic in second place with team mate Chad Gilsinger. Completing the ST podium was Greg Strelzoff and Connor Bloum in the sister RS1 Cayman.

Not willing to let ST put on a more exciting show, the GS category put on an exciting show to the finish. Coming out of the final round of pit stops, Miller led Johnson for the overall spot. His nimble Porsche was no match for the sheer power of the Shelby as Johnson began dissolve the lead. Miller held position for a number of laps, but eventually gave the lead to the Shelby on Lap 80. Miller continued to hold on to second place ahead of Espenlaub. Once out front Johnson pulled away and celebrated with bold black brush-strokes on the racing surface, using what was left of his Continental Tire racing slick.

Dusty Michael

As a mechanical engineer, Dusty’s passion is for sports cars and endurance racing. In his opinion, there’s nothing better than a race car closely based on a model that you can go out and buy from the manufacturer showroom. He’s very particular about his writing utensils and appreciates a great, cruelty free pomade.