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Gavin and Beretta win Battle of the C6R Corvettes at Laguna Seca

by Keith Cornett on October 21, 2007

The Corvette C6.R at Laguna SecaIt came down to a battle in pits, but at the end it was Gavin and Beretta standing tall on the podium as the #4 Corvette C6.R finished 30 seconds ahead of their team rivals in the #3 C6.R Corvette driven by Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell. At the end of the 4 hour battle, the #4 Corvette completed 150 laps of the 2.238 mile road course and finished 11th overall. The lead in the GT1 class changed three times and Gavin credits the pit crew for coming through for the team:

“I have to take my hat off to Olivier because he drove brilliantly,” said Gavin. “We were knocked off the track twice today, and there was big pressure all the time from our sister car. The one thing that kept us in front was the pit stops. The guys did a fantastic job with every stop, and our engineer Steve Cole and Corvette Racing gave us a mighty car. This was the best car we’ve had at Laguna Seca, and a victory was a fitting way to finish the season.”
The Monterey Sports Car Championships marked the conclusion of Laguna Seca’s 50th anniversary celebration and a milestone for Corvette Racing:
“Fifty years ago, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the godfather of Corvette Racing, conceived the Corvette SS race car to put Corvette squarely in the arena of international endurance racing,” said Chevrolet general manager Ed Peper. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of both the Corvette SS and of the Laguna Seca circuit. As we look back on the results today at this great track and reflect on Corvette Racing’s record of success over the years, it’s clear that the Corvette C6.R has realized Zora’s dream.” “Corvette Racing has again set the standard for engineering excellence, preparation, and commitment in the American Le Mans Series,” Peper noted. “The team came to race at every event, and ran with all of the passion and skill that have made Corvette Racing America’s premier production sports car racing team. The drivers, mechanics, engineers, support personnel and team managers of Corvette Racing have made everyone at Chevrolet proud, and I congratulate every one of them on a job well done.”

Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
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