After Corvettes have won the last five of the world’s top endurance races, Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan has seen enough.
With the team’s latest performance, last Saturday’s Sebring 12 Hour win, Fehan declared that Corvette Racing is the best in its class.
It’s hard to argue.
Corvette Racing has now won Daytona and Sebring in 20015 and 2016, along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015.
The win at Sebring last week was particularly sweet because the #3 Corvette of Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Mike Rockenfeller was knocked out after a scuffle with the #911 Porsche. That left it up to the #4 car of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, and Marcel Fassler to pick up the torch and run with it.
And run they did.
Despite being two laps down with six hours to go, the #4 Corvette roared back with Milner behind the wheel at the end to win by 2.882 seconds.
“It takes an effort like this to win in this race and in this series,” Fehan said. “We’re racing against the world’s best. And today we demonstrated why Corvette Racing is the world’s best GT racing team.”
Fehan thought he had seen it all with the big wins at Le Mans and Daytona, but then “Corvette Racing comes back from one of our cars being taken out and the other going two laps down with six hours to go, and standing here in Victory Lane…”
The superlatives poured out of Fehan, who added: “It’s a great team, great drivers, tremendous strategy and engineering, flawless execution on pit stops.”
Likewise, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President Jim Campbell was impressed.
“Great driving, teamwork and execution in the pits were keys to the GTLM class victory,” he said. “To come from two laps down and win in a field as competitive as the IMSA GTLM class is a true reflection of the never-give-up attitude of the Corvette Racing team.”
Milner sensed a win when he climbed in for the final laps. “…when I got in at the end, I’ve never had a race car that good,” he said. “That Corvette was absolutely on rails and I could tell as soon as I left pit lane… I immediately knew we had a fast racecar.”
Gavin summed up the past year with these comments: “This is 60 hours of racing that we’ve won in the last 12 months with the No. 4 – Le Mans, Daytona and now Sebring. That is just amazing.”
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