Corvette Racing struggled for pace at this past weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix from Lime Rock Park, with its two Corvette C7.R entries finishing fifth and sixth overall.
The race was won by the No. 67 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook after Westbrook passed the pole-sitting No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR of Earl Bamber with less than 10 minutes remaining in the two-hour and 40 minute race.
Chip Ganassi Racing gambled on the strategy with the No. 67 car, opting for a three-stopper that left them with fresher tires than the Porsche at the end of the event. Corvette Racing elected for a three-stopper with the No. 4 Corvette C7.R as well, but with little pace compared to the Fords, Porsche and BMWs, the General Motors factory team could only do so much.
“We went to a three-stop strategy, and the change we made for my second stint was pretty good,” said Marcel Fassler, driver of the No. 4 Corvette. “It made the car very good to drive. The tires still dropped off toward the end but that’s a crucial thing here at this track.”
“In the end, we tried everything we could to make better,” he added. “We’re not missing a lot but just a little bit.”
The No. 3 of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, meanwhile, stayed on for a two-stop strategy and picked up three spots in the final stint to salvage a top-five finish on very worn tires.
“Another tough day for us,” said Garcia. “The heat didn’t help with our attempt to make the tires last over a full fuel run. The strategies were all over the place and maybe we could have made a difference by going in a different direction. I don’t know but this is something we will look at for more hot races. It’s not been the best couple of races for Jan and I, and tough for our championship.”
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