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Gavin Earns 50th Career Win at Long Beach!

No. 4 C7.R Corvette Racing Team Earns First Win of Season

Corvette Racing’s No. 4 Corvette C7.R driven by Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner earned their second consecutive class win and the team’s first win of the 2018 racing season in Saturday’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. The victory, which Gavin was quoted as saying was “pretty special,” marks a significant milestone in his career – his 50th career win with Corvette Racing since joining the team in 2002.

Gavin has been part of nearly half of the team’s 107 wins since Corvette Racing’s inception in 1999, including five of the team’s eight victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as Corvette Racing’s 100th victory at Lime Rock in 2016.

“Starting back in 2002, it was a bit of a dream to drive for Corvette Racing,” stated Gavin, “and to be here now, and have 50 victories, is pretty special.”

Tommy Milner actually piloted the No. 4 Corvette in the final laps of Saturday’s 100-minute race.  He took over the GTLM class lead when previous leader, Earl Bamber, driving the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR for the Porsche GT Team, suffered fight-front suspension failure following a Lap 51 restart.

The pair of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ford GT’s gave chase to Milner, but he was able to gap the pair of race cars, driven by Ryan Briscoe and Dirk Mueller, to increase his lead to just over two seconds.  Despite his advantage, a slight driving miscue in the hairpin, the same place that Milner lost lead position in 2016, nearly cost him the victory again.

“To see everybody struggling, there was the last lap, last corner heart-in-the-mouth moment Tommy had.” Gavin reflected.  “It seems that the last lap, last corner for us is a bit of a thing!”

Despite this, Milner managed to pull the car thru the hairpin turn, despite the deteriorating track conditions, to earn his 16th career IMSA win.  Briscoe and Mueller maintained position as well, coming in second and third in class and rounding out the GTLM podium.

The No. 3 Corvette C7.R driven by Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia didn’t fare quite as well, but still had a strong showing throughout the race.  During the same lap 51 re-start mentioned above, Garcia overpowered the throttle on the No. 3 Corvette, spinning the wheels and causing the car to fall back eighth position.

Despite this setback late in the race, the team managed to re-gain position over the remaining nineteen laps, claiming a fourth-place class finish behind the Ford GT’s.

The next IMSA Weathertech race will be the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Showdown in Lexington Ohio on May 6, 2018.

In Their Own Words

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SIRIUS XM CORVETTE C7.R, RACE WINNER: “There is something about Long Beach. Something about having magic here. I don’t know what it is. We had it today. We had it last year. Whatever it is, I want to keep it. Really tough race today. The track was really, really tough with the marbles off line. Super difficult. I almost threw it away on the last corner, last lap. Really, really tough conditions. But, Corvette was great. Michelins were great. They were super strong right to the end. Just had that little bit of magic, litle bit of luck and that’s all we needed today!”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBILE 1/SIRIUS XM CORVETTE C7.R, RACE WINNER: NOTE-TODAY’S VICTORY IS THE 50TH FOR GAVIN DRIVING FOR CORVETTE RACING: “Amazing the way that all came around. Yes we had a little bit of luck, but Tommy had to drive brilliantly at the end there and stay out of trouble. There were a number of incidents there. Man, we could have gotten taken out. We could have gotten in the wall. Tommy just navigated. We had a great pit stop. The guys did an amazing job at the stop. We jumped a number of people and put us in position there we we could challenge for that victory. And we got it! That is our first win in season No. 20 for Corvette Racing. And it is my 50th victory with the team. That is pretty amazing. I am just thrilled.”

JIM CAMPBELL, US VICE PRESIDENT PERFORMANCE VEHICLES AND MOTORSPORTS: “This team just does not give up. While we didn’t have the ideal starting position, Olly and Tommy took advantage of every opportunity on track and the crew executed in the pits. Congratulations to the #4 Corvette team for back-to-back wins at Long Beach.

Race Results for Long Beach

Pos. Class # Driver Chassis Laps Time/Gap
1 P 5 portugal  Filipe Albuquerque
portugal  Joao Barbosa
Cadillac DPi 70 1:41’03.988
2 P 2 united_states  Scott Sharp
united_kingdom  Ryan Dalziel
Nissan DPi 70 4.766
3 P 10 united_states  Jordan Taylor
netherlands  Renger van der Zande
Cadillac DPi 70 5.249
4 P 77 united_kingdom  Oliver Jarvis
united_states  Tristan Nunez
Mazda DPi 70 6.748
5 P 6 colombia  Juan Pablo Montoya
united_states  Dane Cameron
Acura DPi 70 10.537
6 P 7 brazil  Helio Castroneves
united_states  Ricky Taylor
Acura DPi 70 15.532
7 P 31 united_states  Eric Curran
brazil  Felipe Nasr
Cadillac DPi 70 16.340
8 P 99 canada  Mikhail Goikhberg
south_africa  Stephen Simpson
ORECA LMP2 70 19.686
9 P 55 united_kingdom  Harry Tincknell
united_states  Jonathan Bomarito
Mazda DPi 70 19.986
10 P 54 united_states  Jon Bennett
united_states  Colin Braun
ORECA LMP2 70 1’09.441
11 GTLM 4 united_kingdom  Oliver Gavin
united_states  Tommy Milner
Corvette C7.R 69 1 lap
12 GTLM 67 australia  Ryan Briscoe
united_kingdom  Richard Westbrook
Ford GT 69 1 lap
13 GTLM 66 united_states  Joey Hand
germany  Dirk Müller
Ford GT 69 1 lap
14 GTLM 3 denmark  Jan Magnussen
spain  Antonio Garcia
Corvette C7.R 69 1 lap
15 GTLM 24 united_states  John Edwards
finland  Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 69 1 lap
16 GTLM 911 united_kingdom  Nick Tandy
france  Patrick Pilet
Porsche 911 RSR 69 1 lap
17 P 52 colombia  Gustavo Yacaman
colombia  Sebastian Saavedra
Ligier LMP2 68 2 laps
18 GTLM 912 new_zealand  Earl Bamber
belgium  Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR 52 18 laps
19 GTLM 25 united_states  Connor de Phillippi
united_kingdom  Alexander Sims
BMW M8 GTE 37 33 laps
20 P 22 brazil  Pipo Derani
united_states  Johannes van Overbeek
Nissan DPi 32 38 laps
21 P 85 switzerland  Simon Trummer
united_states  Robert Alon
ORECA LMP2 20 50 laps
22 P 38 united_states  James French
united_states   Kyle Masson
ORECA LMP2 0 70 laps