Corvette Racing and the No. 4 Corvette C7.R have widened their lead in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTLM class after driving to victory in Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The No. 4 car and drivers Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fassler jetted into the GTLM championship lead in January after winning the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona.
The No. 3 C7.R, driven by Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, and Mike Rockenfeller started Saturday’s race from fifth on the grid while the No. 4 car was sixth. Both Corvettes began to struggle as a heavy downpour descended on the Sebring circuit and caused them to fall through the running order, however the pair was slowly able to recover and closed the gap to their GTLM rivals.
Garcia, Magnussen and Rockenfeller’s day ended in the eighth hour of the race when the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Kevin Estre locked up and crashed into the No. 3 C7.R as they entered Turn 1. Estre had tried to brake late on a damp surface in slicks and ended up overshooting the turn, sending Magnussen and him sliding into the outside tire barriers. The shunt ended Estre’s day, while the No. 3 C7.R was relegated to the garage for repairs.
Milner completed the final stint for the No. 4, driving across the finish line 4.006 seconds ahead of second place finisher Dirk Werner in the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M6. Finishing 0.485 seconds behind the BMW was the sister car of the No. 911 that ended Magnussen’s day, the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR of Earl Bamber, Frederic Makowiecki and Michael Christensen.
The next race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 16th. Click here for full results from the 12 Hours of Sebring and here for a full schedule for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.