Corvette Racing was aiming for a second straight GT Le Mans podium in IMSA competition at Circuit of the Americas this weekend, but came up short in a difficult race that saw both Corvette C7.Rs finish outside of the top five.
After qualifying eighth, Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 C7.R confidently charged forward in the early stages of the race, moving up three places to fifth. Garcia drove a double stint before handing the car off to Magnussen, who re-entered the race in the No. 3 car in seventh. The Dane soon experienced braking problems and couldn’t hold position. He went on to finish ninth in the GTLM class.
Corvette Racing’s second entry didn’t see any more success. Milner started from the No 4 car’s qualifying position of tenth and drove a single stint before handing the car over to Oliver Gavin. Gavin had to drive with elevated tire pressure as the sun came out, unexpectedly warming the track. They would go on to finish tenth.
SRT Motorsports’ Kuno Wittmer and Jonathan Bomarito, who are runner ups in the GTLM standings, won the GTLM class at COTA Saturday. The finish put them only 6 points behind Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia for the series’ final race, Petit Le Mans on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Road Atlanta. Winning Petit Le Mans and holding off SRT will be crucial if Corvette racing hopes to secure the GTLM driver’s championship.