It’s been a tough road this year for Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta, driver’s of Corvette Racing’s #4 C6.R. Having won just one race in seven tries, the team has been pushing hard but sometimes luck just isn’t on your side. This weekend at the Generac 500 at Road America, the #4 team was running first in the GT1 class when Gavin went off-road in the high-speed Kink, crashing through a billboard and coming to a stop in a sand trap. Video after the jump.
“Jan was behind me, I was pushing hard, and I was trying to make up some time,” Gavin reported. “I just turned the car in too quickly and got on the inside curb; the car shot across to the exit curb, and then onto the grass. By the time I was on the grass, there was no way I could hold it.”
“I’m all right, but I’m disappointed with myself for making such a mistake,” he admitted. “It was a pretty big impact – of all the places to go off, the Kink is not the place to do it. The car did stand up extremely well to the accident. It looked like it was going to be close at the finish, but unfortunately nothing seems to be going right for us this year.”
Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen finished first in class in the #3 Corvette C6.R after completing 97 laps. The #008 Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 finished second just two laps behind and the #4 Corvette was retired after Gavin’s crash and finished third with 80 laps completed.
O’Connell and Magnussen increased their lead in the GT1 driverâ€™s championship to 23 points (151-128) with four races remaining on the ALMS schedule. Chevrolet leads Aston Martin 155-44 in the manufacturers’ standings.
“We managed to do three things today,” commented Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “First, we won the race, which was great for Corvette Racing. Second, we proved once again that safety is always paramount at Corvette Racing. It was an unfortunate accident for Olly, and while the car was damaged, the driver emerged unscathed. That’s a testament to the importance we place on safety.”
And the third?
“We provided a great deal of exposure for Champ Car by displaying their banner prominently on the front of the No. 4 Corvette after its encounter with the wall in the Kink.”
Corvette Racing’s next event is the Grand Prix of Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario on Sunday, August 24th. SPEED will televise the race live at 3 pm EST.
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