Watkins Glen, New York (8 June 2016) – It was a winning weekend for Kelly-Moss Road and Race at Watkins Glen International last weekend as Rene Robichaud drove to victory in the 80-minute enduro. Kelly-Moss fielded two cars in the PCA event held at the historic New York road course with Rene’s daughter Nicole Robichaud also in race action.
The father-daughter duo had one of their best weekends to date. Nicole took home three top-10 results while Rene added a second and third place finish in the two sprint races to further bolster his weekend tally.
The result was Rene Robichaud’s first-ever victory in Porsche Cayman ClubSport competition.
Perhaps the most exciting moment of the weekend came on the final lap of the enduro.
Running second, Rene chased down the leader for 10 laps. That pressure ultimately saw the lead car make a mistake on the white-flag lap with Rene primed to take advantage.
“In Turn 1, the leader made a slight mistake,” said Rene Robichaud. “I managed to get up beside him through the Uphill. We ran into traffic at the Boot and I almost lost the lead. It was crazy! But I feel very good about the whole thing.”
The weekend saw Nicole take to the 4-mile Watkins Glen circuit for the very first time. The track was recently repaved for the first time in nearly 20 years which has further enhanced the Glen driving experience.
Nicole quickly acclimated to the road course and even drove her first-ever wet-weather race. While the first two days of the event were dry, rain came prior to the enduro event. It didn’t rain during the race, but the track was wet at the start with it expected to dry as the race went on.
Both Robichauds opted to begin on slick tires.
“The enduro was extremely challenging,” said Rene Robichaud. “The track was completely soaked but the rain stopped when we started. Most of the field went out on slicks and some went out on rains. Nicole and I decided to tough it out on slicks and it was like driving on ice! But about 1/3 of the way into the race, the slicks came on strong.”
Racing in the rain at a new track presented a huge learning opportunity for Nicole Robichaud and she took full advantage of it.
“I’m so proud of Nicole,” beamed Rene Robichaud. “She got three top-10s and was sixth overall in the enduro and was very close to getting fifth. Our goal was to have her work her way into the top-10 by the end of the season and she’s already knocking on the door of the top-five half-way through! Kelly-Moss did great and had both of our cars just right. It was probably the best weekend Nicole and I ever had.”
The Robichaud family will continue celebrations this weekend as the family gathers in Rhode Island for son, Chris’, wedding.
Next up for Kelly-Moss Road and Race is the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup presented by Yokohama this weekend in Montreal. The team will field five entries in the event and hometown driver Jesse Lazare will look to continue his momentum after his double-victory weekend in the previous event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.