This picture and the accompanying video pretty much sums up Corvette Racing’s chances to compete for the ALMS Championship this season. Johnny O’Connell was driving the first stint in the #3 Corvette C6.R at the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park when contact was made with the #88 GTC Porsche. The resulting damage knocked the Corvette out of the race.
Although O’Connell was upset about the incident in which he blamed on the Cup driver of the #88 Porsche, he also tangled with Jaime Melo of the #62 Risi Ferrari which resulted in a crash and DNF for the GT points leader. Melo voiced his frustration and complained to SPEED about the contact as well.
As for the #4 Corvette C6.R, Olivier Beretta was assessed a stop-and-go penalty for blocking during a heated battle with the two BMWs which surprised many watchers including the SPEED commentators. The trip to the penalty box cost the team a lap and they finished 5th in the GT Class.
The Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park was the make or break race for Corvette Racing’s chase for the drivers and manufacturers championships. With only four races left in the season, the team will need to be perfect as well as need a lot of much needed luck to make run for the championship trophies.
The battle for GT class supremacy continues in two weeks with Corvette Racing running the C6.Rs in the ALMS at Mid-Ohio on August 7th.
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