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Corvette C6.R Wins GT1 Battle in American Le Mans Grand Prix
Drivers Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell scored a come-from-behind victory to win the GT1 battle in their No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix in Lakeville, Connecticut.
American Le Mans Grand Prix at Lakeville, Connecticut tight race for Team Chevy's sister Compuware Corvette C6.Rs
No. 3 Corvette C6.R nails fourth American Le Mans Victory in 2008
O’Connell and Magnussen completed 157 laps on the reconfigured and repaved Lime Rock Park road course to finish eighth overall. The No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin finished second with 146 laps. A gearbox problem sidelined the No. 4 car with eight minutes remaining.
K&N Engineering air filter protects Corvette C6.Rs on ALMS tracks
Acura Sports Car Challenge in Lexington, Ohio is Corvette Racing's next event
“The race was a perfect example of why you never give up,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “Nobody gave up when one of the cars was almost a lap down. That’s what makes Corvette Racing a great team.”
Magnussen started in the No. 3 Corvette and Gavin in the No. 4. Both completed their 57 minute stints without a caution period. The first full-course yellow began at the one-hour mark after the Corvettes pitted for fuel, tires and driver changes.
When the race resumed 25 minutes later, the two Corvettes were nose-to-tail with O’Connell in the No.3 and Beretta in the No. 4. The complexion of the race changed dramatically when a second safety car period began at 1:34 into the race. With the leading prototype between the two Corvettes, the No. 4 gained nearly a full lap on its sister car. The third yellow at 2:02 put the two cars back on the same lap.
“When I came out of the pits after the last stop, I saw Oliver coming,” said O’Connell. “I held the inside line, and the only way he was going to take me was on the outside, and that would have been impossible.” O’Connell then took his 32nd career ALMS victory with his first win at Lime Rock Park.
O’Connell and Magnussen now hold a12-point lead over their teammates in the GT1 Driver’s Championship Series. “That is the way racing is,” said Beretta. “We were fast again like we were in Long Beach and Salt Lake City, but the luck was not with us. At the end of the day Corvette Racing finished one and two, and we are still working to improve for next year.”
“We run a special K&N Engineering Air Filter,” said Crew Chief Dan Binks. “Dirt is a huge problem on the course in our races. The only thing we had to do to at the pit stops was change out the tires and put in fuel. Our engines are protected with K&N.”
Corvette Racing’s next event is the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on July 19. NBC will air the race on Sunday July 20 at noon EST.
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