The Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring is a party, and Corvette Racing was celebrating yet again on Saturday. Corvette Racing’s Triple Crown streak continued Saturday with a 10th class victory. Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler won their second straight race in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to open the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) season after their win in Daytona.
Milner drove the final two hours and 50 minutes to win by 2.882 seconds. The team has won the last five of the world’s top endurance races – Daytona and Sebring in 2015 and 2016, and also the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015. Hopefully, they’ll snag another at this year’s 24-hour race. Milner took driving duty the first stint, then it began to pour down rain as the red flag was up for a couple hours with Fässler having to drive in the wet conditions, switching from slick to wet and back to slick tires. Gavin hopped in with five hours to move the No. 4 Corvette back on the lead lap with Milner completing the last nearly three hours. The No. 3 car driven by Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller didn’t fair quite as well. After a run-in with a competitor just after it had gained first place, the car suffered damage and was repaired within 45 minutes. Even after the setback, the car still placed for an impressive top 10 finish in ninth.
In the Prototype class, which run 5.5L Chevy V8 engines, The No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette DP of Dane Cameron, Eric Curran and Scott Pruett placed second overall. The trio finished 2.926 seconds behind the race-winning Prototype. Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, last year’s winners in the Action Express No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP, teamed with Felipe Albuquerque to finish third overall Saturday. Their Corvette DP led the most laps.
Marc Goossens, Ryan Dalziel and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished fifth in Visit Florida Racing’s No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP; Wayne Taylor Racing’s quartet of Jordan and Ricky Taylor, Max Angelelli and Rubens Barrichello placed 12th in class in their No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP.
We again had an incredible time down in Sebring. We love hearing these cars be pushed to 10/10ths of their limit almost nonstop for 12 hours, and the entire vibe surrounding the race. You have to have dedicated fans to hang around for that amount of time. I guess you could say we’re such fans, because during our travels back home on Sunday, we were talking about how we wished we were still at the track.
Enjoy our full photo roundup below of the happenings this past weekend in Sebring. The Corvette Racing tent showed off some impressive machinery, the Corvette Corral reigned in some of the finest Corvettes from all over and Chevrolet even decided to reveal their new Grand Sport to the U.S. in Sebring. The next event for Corvette Racing and the Corvette DPs is the Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday, April 16 from the Long Beach (California) street circuit. Stay tuned to The BLOCK in the coming week for more exclusive coverage from the race, including an interview with Tommy Milner on the similarities between his racecar and the road-going Z06.