Corvette Racing’s first two races with the new C7.R race cars have been adverse, to to put it simply, with the first being the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the second being yesterday’s 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Take the No. 4 car for instance, which led the GT Le Mans class for much of the race before two late spinouts and a subsequent engine issue happening with just 30 minutes to go during the race.
Driver Oliver Gavin even set the fastest lap of the class in the No. 4 C7.R, at 1:59.521. The No. 4 car was also driven by Tommy Milner and Robin Liddell.
The No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Ryan Briscoe also experienced growing pains. The trio eventually finished eighth in class after suffering an opening-lap collision and fuel pressure problems that ultimately resulted in the replacement of the Corvette’s fuel pump just past the eight-hour mark.
The drivers and team manager Doug Fehan all seem to agree that the new race cars are “the class of the field,” but haven’t been able to find the luck often needed for a clean race and a victory.
The next round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship takes place on the Long Beach (Calif.) street circuit from April 11-12.