CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Corvette C7.Rs Aim to Maintain GTLM Points Lead

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Sunday’s eighth TUDOR Championship round for Corvette Racing is GT-only

  • Team hoping to add second VIR victory to 2012 GT triumph
  • Garcia, Magnussen hold GTLM Drivers Championship lead heading to Virginia race

DANVILLE, Va. – Corvette Racing’s two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will continue their chase for the TUDOR United SportsCar GT Le Mans (GTLM) championships Sunday at Virginia International Raceway. Three races remain in the season including the two-hour, 40-minute Oak Tree Grand Prix.

Jan Magnussen set Corvette Racing’s quickest time in the 15-minute session to qualify sixth in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with a lap of 1:43.568 (113.664 mph). Oliver Gavin was seventh in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R with a 1:43.797 (113.414 mph). Sunday’s race is the eighth in the TUDOR Championship

Magnussen and Antonio Garcia arrived at VIR holding a four-point advantage in the GTLM Driver Championship, as does the No. 3 Corvette C7.R in the Team standings with 36 points in each category going to the winners. Chevrolet is seven points out of the class Manufacturer title with 35 points going to the class winner Sunday.

The two-hour, 40-minute race is a GT-only event, giving Corvette Racing a chance at an overall victory. The team focused on race setup during the three practice sessions Friday and Saturday.

A victory would be the second for Corvette Racing at VIR since the team’s first race here in 2012 when Gavin and Tommy Milner were victorious and claimed the American Le Mans Series GT title. Garcia set the fastest lap of the race that year; he and Magnussen placed third in 2013 en route to an ALMS championship of their own.

Corvette Racing and the rest of the IMSA competition this weekend will race on VIR’s 3.27-mile, 17-turn full course. It’s a blend of slower, technical turns early and late in the lap along with an uphill section of high-speed esses and a long backstraight.

The Oak Tree Grand Prix from Virginia International Raceway is set for 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 23. Live TV coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Flag-to-flag radio coverage also will be available via IMSA Radio.

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SIXTH: “We made good progress during the morning practice to finalize the race setup. We gave it our best shot in qualifying and tried not to use up the tires too much for the start of the race. That’s how we have to strategize and plan right now. We have a good Corvette under us, and crew and engineers that are more than capable of helping us overcome our performance disparity.”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SEVENTH: “The car felt pretty good, and I think we got all we could out of the package we’re running. The heat and different rubber from the support races made things somewhat tricky in our qualifying. But with the way the rules have been set for the past few events, there isn’t much more we can do to get any closer to our competitors. It’s the same frustrating situation as we faced at Road America. Having said that, there are a lot of smart and talented people from Chevy and Pratt & Miller who are working toward a good setup and strategy for the race. We feel like that’s where our advantage lies.”

TUDOR Championship – GTLM Standings (After seven events)

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 217
2. Bill Auberlen/Dirk Werner – 213
3. Patrick Pilet – 212
4. John Edwards/Lucas Luh – 204
5. Giancarlo Fisischella/Pierre Kaffer – 202
6. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 182
1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 217
2. No. 25 BMW Team RLL – 213
3. No. 911 Porsche N. America – 212
4. No. 24 BMW Team RLL – 204
5. No. 62 Risi Competizione – 202
6. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 182
1. Porsche – 225
2. BMW – 222
3. Chevrolet – 218
4. Ferrari – 210

Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR – GT Le Mans (all times ET)
TUDOR Warmup: 8:35 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 23
Race: 1:05 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1)

Corvette Racing at VIR

Year Class Drivers Result Car Notes
2012 GT Garcia/Magnussen 8th Corvette C6.R Garcia fastest race lap
GT Gavin/Milner 1st Corvette C6.R Gavin/Milner clinch ALMS GT title
2013 GT Garcia/Magnussen 3rd Corvette C6.R Clinch GT team, manufacturer titles
GT Gavin/Milner 6th Corvette C6.R
2014 GTLM Garcia/Taylor 7th Corvette C7.R J. Taylor replace Magnussen (concussion)
GTLM Gavin/Milner 9th Corvette C7.R

Release Date: August 22, 2015