Continuing their domination of the GT1 class in the ALMS, Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen won their seventh win of the season and their sixth straight at the Grand Prix of Mosport. The dynamic duo led from flag to flag finishing ahead of teammates Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the #4 Corvette C6.R. The Bell Motorsports #008 Aston Martin finished third in class, two laps behind the two Corvettes.
The win for O’Connell was his 35th career ALMS victory and his sixth win at Mosport, becoming the most successful ALMS driver at the Mosport International Raceway. For Jan, the win was his 21st victory in his ALMS career. The two first won together at Mosport in an LMP1 prototype in 1999, and this was the second consecutive win at Ron Fellow’s home track.
“Getting through traffic was the key to this race,” said Magnussen, who drove two stints in the two-hour, 45-minute race. “The ultimate lap time wasn’t that important, but getting through traffic without losing time was crucial. I was so happy with the job that (crew chief) Dan Binks did on the radio, helping me all the time. Once or twice I looked in the mirror to check, but otherwise I just trusted him. Whenever he said it was clear, it was clear; when he told me to stay out, I stayed out. There’s not a scratch on the car and another win in the record book – perfect!”
O’Connell and Magnussen increased their lead in the GT1 Drivers Championship to 27 points (171-144) over Gavin and Beretta. O’Connell and Magnussen also have a chance to break the ALMS record for wins in a season which currently stands at 9. With three racings remaining, the two would need to run the board but with the way they’ve been driving this season, it’s certainly a goal worth pursuing.
During the coverage of the race on SPEED, Oliver Gavin’s off-track excursion in Turn 2 during Saturday morning’s practice session was replayed. Seeing the damage to the front of the #4 Corvette C6.R after it went head-on into the tire barrier and then knowing that the crew was able to fix the Corvette for the qualifying session later in the afternoon is a testament to the resourcefulness of the team. You can see the video from that crash below.
Corvette Racingâ€™s next event is the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, the ninth round of the 2008 American Le Mans Series. The two-hour, 45-minute race on the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix temporary circuit is scheduled to start at 2:35 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 30. SPEED will televise the race live starting at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
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