Corvettes Come First and Crashed at VIR

The No.3 Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen took their first victory of the season yesterday at VIRginia International Raceway–it was Corvette Racing’s 5th victory of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and win No.102 for the factory GM squad.

Between Garcia and Magnussen, the pair led an astonishing 84 of 90 laps run and took the victory by 0.802 of a second after a late race caution bunched the pack back up.

“Oh man! It’s about time! It was a great job by the whole team all week. Green with one lap to go… I don’t know what that was about; it scared the hell out of me,” said Jan Magnussen. “The No. 3 Corvette team has had a tough run this year and it’s great to be back in the Winner’s Circle.”

Meanwhile the No.4 car of class championship leaders Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner suffered a ignominious crash thanks to fluid down on the track–luckily they would retain their GTLM championship lead despite the 9th place finish.

“It’s obviously a disappointing way to end the day. We heard reports that there may have been oil or fluid down near the final turn so maybe that contributed to the incident,” said Gavin. “The Corvette C7.R is a very strong and well-built car, and we are always thankful for that. It seemed like today we got behind and never could catch up. That is how difficult it is in this championship. We are still thankful to maintain a points lead and will do whatever we can to protect that lead over the final two races.”

The next event for the GTLM crowd is the Lone Star Le Mans on Saturday, Sept. 17 from COTA down in Austin, Texas.

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