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Corvette claims the crown

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Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner clinched the GTLM class IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Petit Le Mans with another podium in third place.

corvette_finishThe duo kicked off the year with a photo finish victory at Daytona and repeated the victory at Sebring. They later took back-to-back wins at Lime Rock Park and Road America.

The Lime Rock win was actually Corvette’s 100th win in sportscar racing.

“Today has been sort of an epic PLM. Really hard battle throughout the GTLM class,” Gavin said after standing on the podium with Milner and endurance third driver Marcel Fassler.

“As always you couldn’t take your foot off the pedal. We worked our way up the order and had a good car. It was coming in at the end, not enough to catch the Ferrari. Our focus this whole weekend was to win the Championship. Certainly my focus shifted from winning the championship halfway to winning the race.

“We came up a little short with third but a good podium. Our season has been fantastic, it started off with an amazing victory with our teammates, photo finish, certainly one of the closest in Daytona history. Other wins we won over the season were brilliant. We got our hundredth win at Lime Rock. I’ve been proud to be a part of Corvette Racing.

“It’s been a team effort all season, our team has kept us in it with fast stops, great strategy and great changes to the car. Never a duff move, and that’s what wins you championships. I think we won every championship we possibly could this year, team – drivers, manufacturers, NAEC. We’re pretty pleased. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

michelin_petit_16_race_gal1_025Along with the driver’s crown, Corvette also won the manufacturer’s championship for Chevrolet and the team’s championship as well.

The Corvette team actually took five wins for the year. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia won at VIR and took third place in the points.

“This year, every year, this class somehow gets more competitive. It keeps repeating itself. This year was even that much more so,” Milner said.

:Ford came in with a great car, great drivers, and pushed us to the end. A good example of the guys keep pushing was Risi guys, they got the win and you could see the relief on their faces. That shows how much it means to get a win in this class.

“This whole year, we can think about all the good memories and moments we had. I’m proud to be a part of this team and represent Chevy and Corvette. It’s exactly what a driver wants in a car, is a chance to win. It’s good to see all those efforts were rewarded this year.”

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