Dillon Machavern has recently earned his second consecutive championship in both the ECR and Tarheel Cup Endurance Series, and he’ll need to make more room on his trophy case! This past weekend he piloted the #24 ITE Class Aston Martin of Mitchum Motorsports with teammates Tim Bell, Al Davis, and car owner Rob Nimkoff to an outstanding victory in the 13-hour Charge of the Headlight Brigade at Virginia International Raceway.
It was an incredible effort that saw both drivers and crew work at absolutely ten-tenths to get every drop of performance out of the car. The Aston Martin started the race strong, maintaining second position for the majority of the contest. As the hours ticked away and the field ebbed and flowed, the team found themselves four-laps down to the #8 BMW from Bimmerworld due to some minor mechanical glitches. Machavern began to methodically reel off fast and consistent laps as he double stinted his final run in the car, bringing the Aston to within just one lap of the leader.
In what would be the last of only two caution periods in the entire race, Machavern’s teammate, Tim Bell, got in the car and quickly found himself back on the lead lap, making up another 40 seconds on the leader. Bell passed for the overall lead when the #8 came in for their final pit stop. Luck finally ran out of the #24 in the final hour when the #8 BMW came into the pits with a mechanical issue, ending their day prematurely. All that was left at that point was to bring the car home quickly and safely; and that’s exactly what they did.
“I’m so excited by this win.” Machavern exclaimed. “It was an incredible effort by the team to bring this car home in first, and I can’t thank everyone enough at Mitchum Motorsports for giving us such a fantastic car to work with, car owner Rob Nimkoff for creating this opportunity, my teammates for being fast and dependable, and to P1 Groupe for helping put this all together.”
This marked another incredible 13 hours that Machavern won’t soon forget. He heads to Road Atlanta this weekend for another round of racing action in his Mazda Miata.