Compuware’s #3 C6.R driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor finished second for the fifth time in a series of 10 races as part of the American Le Mans GT series at Road Atlanta. First place went to the #1 Ferrari driven by Toni Vilander, beating the C6 by a super-close 30.676 seconds after 9 hours and 37 minutes of racing.
The Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta became a contest of fuel economy as Vilander’s Ferrari crossed the finish line on the winning lap without a final fuel stop, Vilander stopping for fuel 8 hours and 28 minutes into the race while the Compuware Vette stopped for fuel just 13 minutes later under the control of Antonio Garcia.
It was a loss for the Corvette Racing team, but a thing of sweet revenge for Ferrari as Corvette Racing won the Petit Le Mans two years ago under similar circumstances when Ferrari’s leading car’s fuel cell ran dry on the final lap. Driver Garcia applauds the Ferrari win, saying, “It was a good gamble for them; at the end they stretched it and they got the victory.”
Jan Magnussen was a little sad that Corvette wasn’t the endurance race’s winning marquee, but he still maintained his good sport composure. “It’s hard not to be a little disappointed, but that’s how it is. Tonight’s result was an indication of how our season has gone — so close and yet so far. We had a fantastic car, we just missed out at the end.”
But no matter how disappointing second place in this race was for Chevy’s flagship, Corvette’s time in the GT class has been an overall success as the marque won this year’s Michelin Green X Challenge. Will Corvette take the GT class next year? It’s yet to be seen, but stay tuned as we continue to hold faith in our favorite flagship!