It’s been almost a month since Corvette Racing took their first 2012 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) win on the streets of Long Beach, but the team’s performance over the weekend at Laguna Seca was the perfect reminder that Corvette Racing is the team to beat this season. As we found out from Corvette Racing via CorvetteBlogger, the team achieved a one-two GT Class finish at the American Le Mans Series Monterey race on Saturday with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner taking their second ALMS victory this year in the No. 4 car. This puts Gavin and Milner in the lead for GT Class points early in the season, with Chevrolet now taking the lead in the manufacturers championship after just three races.
Corvette Racing has been doing quite well this year in the ALMS, kicking off the season with a second and third place finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring and finishing first and fourth at Long Beach just last month. While the crew did well for themselves last year, it seems that Corvette Racing is working like a well oiled machine for 2012.
The one-two finish in the highly competitive GT Class didn’t come easy for Corvette Racing this weekend, however.
After trouble during a pit stop pushed the No.4 car into seventh place in the middle of the race, Gavin and Milner had to fight their way to the top. The winning move was made with an hour left of the race when Gavin passed fellow racer Wolf Henzler in his Porsche race car for the lead.
Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia also had a fight to the finish in the No. 3 car, with Magnussen moving from fifth place to second place in the last hour after passing a BMW and Porsche. Although the BMW regained its runner-up position, Magnussen took the second place finish after following a prototype through the Andretti Hairpin to pass the car with only 15 minutes left in the race. The No. 3 Corvette crossed the finish line just 3.45 seconds before the No. 4 car.
The victory on Saturday marks the first win for Corvette Racing at Laguna Seca since 2008 and the first one-two finish for the team since they moved into the GT Class in 2009. That makes 83 total wins for Corvette Racing and 55 one-two finishes in the history of the team.
Congratulations goes out to Corvette Racing for their amazing finish at Laguna Seca. Check out some of the amazing racing action below compliments of DRIVE.
To read the entire article and driver reactions to the race on Saturday, be sure to check out CorvetteRacing.com.