Corvette Racing couldn’t pull out another endurance race win at Watkins Glen this weekend after winning the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year. The No. 4 C7.R was unable to finish the race following mechanical issues, while the No. 3 car had an uneventful day and finished the race fourth.
IMSA elected to cancel qualifying Saturday amid inclement weather, setting the grid order by points for Sunday’s race. That put Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen out front in the No. 3 C7.R, just ahead of BMW drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner.
By the five hour mark in the race, the No. 4 C7.R was leading the GTLM field with the No. 3 car hovering around fourth place, as it did for most of the day. However the No. 4 soon crashed following a restart on the first turn. Oliver Gavin then reported understeer and said the steering was broken before pulling the car over. That took the No. 4 car out of the race, handing the lead over to eventual winners Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler in their Team Falken Tire Porsche.
The No. 3 C7.R of Magnussen and Garcia appeared to struggle with pace for much of the day, staying just outside the top three for the majority of the race’s duration. The pairing ended up fourth behind third place’s Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy in their Porsche 911 RSR and Auberlen and Werner in second.
The next leg of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship will be at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 12. That race will separate the GTD and GTLM classes, with the former heading to Lime Rock Park on July 25 for their next race.