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Corvette C6.R American Le Mans Series Driver Walks Away from Accident

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In the American Le Mans Series Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen are on a roll in the GT1 class. The duo scored their sixth victory of the season in the Generac 500 at Road America in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R.

No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R driver Oliver Gavin walked away from high-speed accident in American Le Mans Series
No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R driver Oliver Gavin walked away from high-speed accident in American Le Mans Series
The No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin finished third, but retired after an accident in the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin race. Gavin slammed into a large banner and stopped in a gravel trap. He was uninjured in the incident.
Team Chevy Corvette C6.Rs are equipped with K&N Engineering air filters for the American Le Mans Series
Team Chevy Corvette C6.Rs are equipped with K&N Engineering air filters for the American Le Mans Series

No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R scores sixth victory of the American Le Mans Series in GT1 class at Road America
No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R scores sixth victory of the American Le Mans Series in GT1 class at Road America

“Over the past three years I thought I must have been an adopted Irishman, but our luck has definitely come back,” said O’Connell, after his 34th American Le Mans Series victory. “The important thing is that Oliver is okay.”

Gavin was leading in the GT1 class when he went off course. “Jan was behind me, I was pushing hard and trying to make up some time,” said Gavin. “I just turned the car in too quickly and got on the inside curb. The car shot across to the exit curb, then onto the grass. By the time I was on the grass there was no way I could hold the car.”

With the No. 4 Corvette on the sidelines, O’Connell was able to cruise to the checkered flag and finished two laps ahead of the second place No. 008 Aston Martin DBR9.

O’Connell and Magnussen increased their lead in the GT1 driver’s championship series to 23 points. There are only four races remaining on the American Le Mans schedule.

Corvette Racing runs a special K&N Engineering air filter. “Dirt is a huge problem in street races,” said Crew Chief Dan Binks. “K&N protects our engines from the track debris.”

“We managed to do several things at this race,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “First, we won the race which is great for Corvette Racing. Second, we proved once again safety is always paramount at Corvette Racing. It was an unfortunate accident and even though the car was damaged, the driver emerged unscathed. That is a testament to the importance we place on safety.”

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Grand Prix of Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario. It will be televised live on SPEED-TV Sunday August 24 at 3p.m. EST.

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