The No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R – last year’s GT Le Mans-class winner at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring – seemed doomed to fail at last weekend’s 12-hour Sebring race, with problems setting in early on after driver Antonio Garcia dropped off the track slightly in lap 1. That undramatic incident resulted in a tire issue that forced the No. 3 to the pits on lap 2, causing the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to drop back to 41st place out of 43 cars rather quickly.
But the No. 3 got back out onto the track and kept fighting, going on to run into a battery issue a few hours later. Sometime after that came an alternator issue, three separate steering-related issues, and a brake duct change, each costing the Corvette valuable time and positions.
When all was said and done, the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R crossed the line in eighth place in its class – 37th place overall – with only the No. 66 Ford GT behind it in GT Le Mans.
“This is Sebring for you,” No. 3 Corvette C7.R driver Jan Magnussen said after the race. He drove the No. 3 alongside teammates Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller to its victory at Sebring last year.
“When things are great around here, man they are so great. But when they are like they are today, boy is it a long day.”
The No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin, and Marcel Fassler fared a bit better, finishing the race sixth in class behind the No. 67 Ford GT in fourth and No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE in fifth. Germany swept the podium at the 2018 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, with Porsche 911 RSRs claiming first and third in the GT Le Mans class, and a BMW M8 GTLM landing in second.