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Corvette Look To Break Lime Rock Victory Duck

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Tommy MIlner made sure he and Oliver Gavin began their title defence with a win (Photo Credit: Richard Prince/Corvette Racing Photo)

Corvette Racing return to American Le Mans Series duties at Lime Rock Park following Le Mans duty for the two Corvette C6.R machines.

Despite winning four times at the shortest circuit on the calendar, it has been five years since a Corvette won at the Connecticut track and will hope that the momentum following Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen‘s win at Laguna Seca will put an end to the wait for a fifth victory.

“I enjoy driving at Lime Rock,” said Magnuessen. “It’s a very short lap and the penalty for making a mistake can be quite big. Lime Rock is a fun track with interesting corners and is very, very old-school. In the past we have done quite well there but it has been awhile since we have won a race there but maybe that means we are due. It will be a case of us trying to have another race like Laguna Seca where we were almost perfect. With the competition being as equal and difficult as it has been in the first three ALMS races, it will take a perfect race with perfect pit stops and a good-handling race car. We know we have that and need to execute on race day.”

Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner head in to the race just three points off the top spot in the Drivers’ Championship with the #4 Corvette, and will be looking to not only take the championship lead but also consolidate the leads for both Corvette Racing and Chevrolet in the Teams’ and Manufacturer’s standings respectively.

“Le Mans was as challenging as ever. We battled the weather as well as the competition and I can tell you we are glad to get back to racing in the ALMS,” said Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing Program Manager. “The crowd is always great at Lime Rock, and the racing is as tough as anywhere else we compete the rest of the season. At just 1.5 miles in length, Lime Rock presents some unique challenges. You can’t make a green flag pit stop without losing a lap, so your strategy there will most likely determine your level of success. Our guys thrive on that pressure and are ready to go racing again.”

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