IMSA Weathertech Championship

C7Rs

The link below will provide you with a recap of 2016′s Weathertech championship results:

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Corvette Racing Focusing on Racecraft for 2017

Corvette Racing Focusing on Racecraft for 2017
Photo Credit: Richard Prince / Corvette Racing

Corvette Racing’s team manager Ben Johnson recently dished some ‘inside baseball’ to Motorsport.com in which he said the team is focusing on maximizing the current Corvette C7.R package while working to reduce errors on the track and in the pits.

The GT Le Mans class in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is as competitive as its ever been with Ford, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW and Corvette all vying for the Manufacturers Championship. The Rolex 24 at Daytona showed the just how strong the competition is as all five manufacturers were in the hunt for the win in the final laps of the 24 hour race.

Next month’s 65th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is also expected to be as close as ever.

Here’s a recent message from Ollie Gavin about the upcoming season:

2016 was an amazing year for Corvette Racing and the No.4 Corvette C7.R driven by Oliver Gavin and teammate Tommy Milner. The duo won the 2016 GTLM Drivers Championship while helping to also capture the Team and Manufacturers awards as well.

After a disappointing showing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the team will be back in Florida where Corvette Racing has won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring two years running. Is three in a row even possible?

It is according Oliver Gavin, who told Mobil 1 The Grid that the success the team has had in recent years is all due to hard work. But the competition is also stepping up their game.

“GTLM in IMSA is just taking another step forward. Porsche comes with a brand new car and they mounted their engine in the middle of the car, you have Ford with four cars, exactly as they were at Le Mans last year, Ferrari did two cars, you got BMW back with their M6, so we know its gonna be unbelieveably tough. All those manufacturers are gunning for us, so we know we’ve got to be completely 100% every lap, every pit stop, every decision on strategy. There’s no room for mistakes, there’s no room for a little bit of weakness ’cause someone will pounce on it straightaway.”

 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled for June 17 and 18.  Results below:

LE MANS, France (June 18, 2017) – Corvette Racing has experienced highs and lows in its 18 appearances at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. America’s premier GT racing team added to that Sunday with a dramatic third-place finish in the GTE Pro category with Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Jordan Taylor climbing onto the podium together for the second time in four years.

The No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R came back from an early-race tire puncture and clawed its way back into contention before barely missing out on its ninth class victory at Le Mans since 2001.

Those of us who got up at 5:30 Sunday morning to watch the end of the race were treated to a great battle between the 63 car and the Aston Martin.  After 24 hours, the Corvette lost it’s lead with about 4 minutes to go. 

 

2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Schedule

Date                 Event (Duration) / Venue                                                          Classes / Duration

Jan. 26-29 Rolex 24 At Daytona
Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, FL
P/PC/GTLM/GTD
24 Hours
March 15-18 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida
Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, FL
P/PC/GTLM/GTD
12 Hours
April 7-8 BUBBA burger SpotsCar Grand Prix at Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
P/GTLM/GTD
100 Minutes
May 5-7 Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas – Austin, TX
P/PC/GTLM/GTD
2 Hours, 40 Minutes
June 2-3 Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix
Belle Isle Park – Detroit, MI
P/PC/GTD
100 Minutes
June 30 – July 2 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, NY
P/PC/GTLM/GTD
6 Hours
July 7-9 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Ontario, Canada
P/PC/GTLM/GTD
2 Hours, 40 Minutes
July 21-22 IMSA WeatherTech Northeast Grand Prix
Lime Rock Park – Lakeville, CT
GTLM/GTD
2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Aug. 4-6 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase
Road America – Elkhart Lake, WI
P/PC/GTLM/GTD
2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Aug. 25-27 Michelin GT Challenge
VIRginia International Raceway – Danville, VA
GTLM/GTD
2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Sept. 23-24 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca- Monterey, CA
P/GTLM/GTD
2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Oct. 5-7 Petit Le Mans
Road Atlanta – Braselton, GA
P/PC/GTLM/GTD
10 Hours

 2017 Results:

March 18 – 12 Hours of Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (March 18, 2017) – Corvette Racing stormed to a stunning class victory in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on Saturday – its third straight in North America’s oldest endurance sports car race. Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller drove the winning No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to a 4.453-second victory for the team’s 11th Sebring class victory.

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April 8 – Long Beach Grand Prix

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 8, 2017) – Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner won the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class at Saturday’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. It is the sixth class win for the team and Chevrolet at the historic Long Beach street circuit.  The two Corvettes found themselves running 1-2 in class with 10 minutes left despite different race strategies.  Garcia seemed headed for certain victory until a multi-car incident at the final turn blocked the track and brought a handful of cars to a stop – including both Corvettes.

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CORVETTE RACING AT COTA: Third Straight GTLM Victory and Championship Lead

Garcia, Magnussen win second race of 2017 in No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R

·  Chevrolet assumes GTLM Manufacturer’s Championship lead

·  Second win for Corvette Racing at Circuit of The Americas

·  Milner, Gavin caught up in opening-lap chaos

AUSTIN, Texas (May 6, 2017) – Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen won their second race of the season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday with a GT Le Mans (GTLM) victory in the Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown.

Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, winners last month at Long Beach in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, saw their race Saturday effectively end at the first corner of the opening lap. Milner couldn’t avoid another spinning GTLM car and also was hit from behind after the initial impact.

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