Corvette Racing Takes 100th Victory in Program History at Lime Rock

Olly Gavin and Tommy Milner spearheaded a Corvette Racing 1-2 in the GTLM class, giving the program its 100th all time win at the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. 

Gavin took the checkered flag in the No. 4 C7.R, 0.975 seconds ahead of the sister No.3 driven by Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen. The victory makes Corvette Racing the first team in IMSA history to record 100 Grand Prix wins, in addition the result was the 60th 1-2 finish for the program, another IMSA record.

Milner started the race in P3–the opening 90 minute stint featured five full course cautions courtesy of Lime Rock’s claustrophobic confines–before handing off to Gavin during the second round of stops. Gavin was slowly stalking the leading Ferrari of Giancarlo Fisichella, until taking control with just over 30 minutes left when the Risi 488 GTE ran off track.

“It is pretty amazing to get the 100th (win for Corvette Racing). We have had some great wins this year,” said Gavin in a statement. “When you look at Daytona this year, that was phenomenal; Sebring too. Our Le Mans win last year. But to get the 100th is pretty special. I have to thank the team and everybody involved. I have had a few of the wins with the team, but I have to say this is a pretty special one. To fight off the No. 67 car and having our teammates on the podium… it is pretty special for everyone at Corvette Racing!”

Magnussen drove the opening stint in the No.3. After starting the race in P6 Magnussen gained one spot early before the first round of stops–unfortunately for the No.3 crew, they would have to serve a drive-through penalty for a pitlane infraction, rejoining back in P7.

Thanks to another of Lime Rock’s famous full-course cautions, Magnussen was able to catch the field before handing off to Garcia, who rejoined in P5.

Garcia then drove like a demon to pick up 3 spots in just 45 minutes, bringing the car home less than a second behind his teammate in P1.

“Today, I was probably the only car that overtook today and probably the only car that really made positions up,” Garcia quipped after the race. “I was fifth at one point and then there two mistakes by the Ferrari. I passed both of the Fords, actually twice. I’m very proud of Corvette Racing today and very happy to get a 1-2 finish.”

 

Saturday’s win allowed Gavin and Milner to stretch their GTLM Drivers’ Championship lead to 10 points over the pursuing Ford GT. Chevy also legged out its Team Championship lead to 10 points.

Garcia and Magnussen leapfrogged from fifth to third in the Drivers’ Championship with their second consecutive podium finish.

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase from Road America on Sunday, Aug. 7.

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