After two challenging rounds at VIRginia International Raceway, Riley Dickinson appears headed back in the right direction after claiming the pole position for both Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama races at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
The No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car will start first on the Race 1 grid for the second time this season after posting a time of 1 minute, 23.522 seconds (109.440 mph) in Friday’s qualifying session. The Race 2 grid was set by the drivers’ second-best qualifying lap, with Dickinson again setting the pace at 1:23.835.
Dickinson – the 2020 Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship winner – takes on Rounds 5 and 6 after salvaging fourth- and third-place finishes at VIR two weeks ago. He entered that weekend tied with points leader Jeff Kingsley in the No. 16 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche, but now sits nine points in arrears, 134-125.
“I can’t say enough about the team,” said Dickinson, who also won the penultimate round of the 2019 season at Michelin Raceway. “After VIR, we studied hard at all the data and wanted to learn from it. It’s a good way to come out this weekend, I feel like. It’s a good starting point from where we left off last year, as well as VIR two weeks ago. I can’t thank everyone enough at Moorespeed, everyone coming together as a team. That was a really good team performance.”
Kingsley will start alongside Dickinson in second in Race 1, with Sean McAlister starting third in the No. 11 JDX Racing Porsche. Alan Metni (No. 99 Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports Porsche) was the highest-finishing Platinum Masters qualifier in fourth and Efrin Castro will lead the Gold Class field of Porsches built between 2014 and 2016 to green in the No. 65 Porsche for TPC Racing.
In Race 2, McAlister will start second, Kingsley third and Metni fourth.
Race 1 for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama is set for 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday, with Race 2 on Sunday at 8 a.m. Both races can be streamed live on IMSA.com with IMSA Radio commentary.