The No. 4 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R of Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin was entirely robbed of a win in Saturday’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach after being punted out of the way by the No. 912 Porsche 911 with two minutes remaining.
The No. 4 and No. 3 Corvette C7.Rs qualified fourth and fifth, respectively, for Saturday’s race. Gavin was forced to pit 30 minutes in with a left-front tire puncture, which forced Milner to change strategies and stay out on one tank of fuel for 70 minutes. He took the lead with 53 minutes remaining and soon boasted an 11-second lead over the No. 3 C7.R in second, however the race’s only full course caution then came out and bunched the field again.
Following the restart, the No. 4 and No. 3 C7.Rs ran 1-2 and were nearly nose to tail. Unfortunately, Garcia spun at Turn 4 with nine minutes left, forcing the team to park the car with damage and settle with a ninth overall finish. The team’s bad luck continued when Porsche’s Fred Makowiecki decided to kick the No. 4 C7.R out of the way in Turn 11, giving the No. 911 sister car a clear lane to take the lead. Milner would recover to turn up second, but that was hardly condolence for having his well-deserved win thrown away.
“I just got wrecked, basically,” Milner said post-race. “Two Porsches running nose to tail. It is pretty clear what happened there. It is pretty disappointing that is the kind of racing here where we are better than that for sure. At the end of the day, it could have been worse for us for sure. Second place is obviously great points. Disappointing but certainly could have been a lot worse.”
In Prototype, the Corvette badge proved to be a bit luckier. Ricky and Jordan Taylor led a Corvette DP podium sweep, posting a dominant win for family outfit Wayne Taylor Racing. Action Express’ Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi were second, while teammates Eric Curran and Dane Cameron slotted in behind them in third.
The IMSA WeatherTech United Sportscar Championship will head to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next for the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix. Click here for full results from Long Beach.