American Le Mans Series trouble free run to victory for Corvette Racing's No. 4 C6.R on the Streets of Long Beach
Olivier Beretta drove the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R to his 41st ALMS victory in the 100 minute Tequila Patron ALMS at Long Beach California
Corvette Racing's next event is the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Le Mans, France on June 13-14.
Oliver Gavin drove the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R to his 32nd ALMS victory in the 100 minute Tequila Patron ALMS at Long Beach California
The Streets of Long Beach turned mean for the sister No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. O’Connell passed Beretta on the first lap of green flag racing, but had to make an unscheduled pit stop at 18 minutes into the race. They replaced a punctured tire and surrendered the lead.
“When I woke up, I said I wanted to win the race,” said Beretta. “I wanted to stay out of trouble and I wanted no mechanical problems. All three came true for me.”
“Those opening laps show just how hard we race at Corvette Racing,” said O’Connell. “Olivier had a bit of a bobble and I got by him. I was trying to control the pace. I also knew he was stronger and was just managing things to keep him behind me.”
Gavin had a big moment in the corner and that opened a gap. O’Connell was coming out of the hairpin when something in the driveline broke. “You don’t want to end the last ALMS GT1 race being towed in,” said O’Connell. “But I’d much rather have an issue in Long Beach and then go to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and win that one. That’s what we’re really thinking about.”
With the No. 3 Corvette on the sidelines, Gavin had an uncontested run to the checkered flag.
Corvette Racing runs a special K&N Engineering air filter. “Dirt is a huge problem in our races,” said Crew Chief Dan Binks. “K&N protects our engines from the debris and is especially helpful in Long Beach as it will be at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
“Although this is our last ALMS GT1 race, it isn’t the last hurrah for the GT1 Corvettes,” said Gavin. “We still have unfinished business in Le Mans.”
Corvette Racing’s next event is the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Le Mans, France on June 13-14. The 77th running of the classic 24 hour endurance race on the 8.5 mile Circuit des 24 Heures de Mans will be televised live on SPEED TV.
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