With this weekend’s second round of the American Le Mans Series in the bag, we can safely say that the racing season is in full swing. And after a hard-fought battle that saw several leader changes and multi-car wrecks, it was the No. 4 CompuWare Corvette of Corvette Racing that finished in first place.
Drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner worked hard to take the top spot, after Milner started the race in third place due to the cancellation of qualifying during a rare Los Angeles rainstorm. Championship points determined the starting grid, putting Milner behind the No. 3 car of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen. A first lap collision between two prototype cars damaged the car, sending Garcia back to the pits for repairs.
That left Milner to do some serious work, catching up to the leading BMW and taking first place 24 minutes into the two hour race. The No. 1 Ferrari eventually overtook Milner before the first and only pit stop, when Gavin got behind the wheel.
With 45 minutes left in the race, Gavin managed to take and hold on to first place, fending off Ferrari and BMW alike to take Corvette Racing’s first win in the GT class at the Streets of Long Beach. Magnussen, who drove the No. 3 Corvette’s second stint, managed to finish in fourth place despite the damage to his car.
All in all, it was a great weekend for Corvette Racing, with the two yellow ‘Vettes firmly entrenched at the top of the leaderboard. But anything can happen in racing, and while Corvette Racing is off to a good start, there’s a long time between now and the end of the season. They’ll have to keep up the top-tier finishes if they hope to have a chance at total victory.