Corvette aims for second ‘100’ at Lime Rock

July 20, 2018

Corvette aims for second ‘100’ at Lime Rock

July 20, 2018

Two years ago at Lime Rock Park, Corvette Racing won its 100th race overall as an organization.

Two years later at Lime Rock, Corvette remains in search of its 100th race win in North America.

Corvette has 107 overall wins, with eight of them coming at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But, they’ve been stuck on 99 wins in North America.

Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner took the team to that 99-win mark on the streets of Long Beach earlier this year. Long Beach is the second shortest track on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule at just over 1.9 miles. However, the Lime Rock “bullring” stands at only 1.5 miles.

With five wins in 11 past Lime Rock starts, Corvette Racing stands on the precipice of a 50 percent hit rate at the track with a sixth win.

It’d also aid both their efforts to retain the driver and manufacturer championship titles, as they enter slightly behind in both avenues.

Gavin and Milner delivered that 100th win here in 2016. In 2018, they match their car number – 4 – in the driver’s standings. Only 14 points back of the leading Ford pair, if the Corvette crew can engineer another win here, Gavin and Milner would move up the ranks.

“I’ve been lucky to win at Lime Rock multiple times, and I have to say that each one was a challenge,” Gavin explained.

“It feels like there is something always going on… whether you are overtaking or being passed. That plus the normal humid and hot conditions add another level of difficulty.

“This is a very big race in terms of points with so many cars close together. While you can’t win a championship here, you can definitely lose one at Lime Rock.”

Teammates Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia are even higher up the charts. The defending GTLM class champions are just six points behind the Ford pair. While they are yet to win this year, both Magnussen and Garcia remain in top form entering this race.

“Lime Rock is very different than any other circuit we have in IMSA,” Garcia said.

“It is a very short lap but a lot can happen during those 50 seconds. In many ways it is one of the more difficult races we will do this season. The strategy must be perfect, and there is little time to rest except maybe on the start-finish straight depending on traffic.

“Plus it is normally very hot. We are in good position in the championship again. The main thing will be not to make any mistakes or do anything that will cost us points.”

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