Corvette Racing drivers Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia landed on the podium in third at last weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio, coming in behind the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR and the No. 25 BMW M8 GTE. The competition in the GT Le Mans class was fierce, with each of the top four positions going to a different manufacturer, and all eight GTLM contenders finishing on the lead lap.
Fellow Corvette Racing drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner brought up the rear in the GT Le Mans class in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R, finishing eighth after a hard-fought battle. With these results, Magnussen and Garcia are now tied for fourth place in the GTLM Drivers’ Championship standings with Gavin and Milner. Chevrolet is in third place in the Manufacturers’ Championship standings – just three points behind first.
“For how things developed, this is not a bad result,” Jan Magnussen said after the race. “Obviously we would like to have had the pace of the Porsche and BMW today but we kind of got in the middle of them, so only one of each got ahead. It was a good race… good strategy and good pit stops from the crew as usual. We had a good race car. It was all-around fun.”
In describing what happened to cause the No. 4 Corvette C7.R‘s eighth-place finish, Oliver Gavin said that the team was “chasing a chassis imbalance all weekend.”
“Things just didn’t go our way with the start and traffic,” Oliver Gavin said after the race. “Tommy [Milner] really got balked in a couple spots, and it seemed like that happened more often than not to stop our progress. Then we had to come in with two laps left for a splash of fuel. It was that sort of day.”
Neither Chevrolet Corvette C7.R competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be present at next month’s race in Detroit, as the team flies to France for the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. For them, the IMSA action will resume on July 1st with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.