Magnussen & Garcia go back-to-back

May 4, 2014

Magnussen & Garcia go back-to-back

May 4, 2014

Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia are on a roll. Back-to-back wins at Laguna Seca, back-to-back wins in 2014 along with back-to-back poles – the Danish/Spanish duo showed again today they will be a forced to be reckoned with in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

After taking the first win for the new Corvette C7.R at Long Beach, the duo backed it up again today with another win which pushed them up into second place in the championship chase.

vette_win_laguna_bMagnussen led the opening hour before handing over to Garica at the half way point. With several teams pitting out of sequence and making two-stops, Garcia had to maintain the pressure as he worked his way back to the front of the field.

He eventually took the win over BMW’s Bill Auberlen/Andy Priaulx with Risi Competizione taking third with Giancarlo Fishicella and Pierre Kaffer.

The Porsche of Nick Tandy and Richard Leitz originally finished third but were assessed a post-race stop plus 60-second penalty after Tandy had a “spirited” battle with Auberlen in the closing laps.

“It was a good call on the pits just to do one stop. We lost a position to the Ferraris because Jan lost quite a bit on the in-lap and we lost maybe a second to half a second and then basically I tried to over-take once or twice the Ferrari but I saw on pure pace I know it couldn’t happen,” Garica said.

“Then getting back on my mind I knew I had to run those tires for the full hour so I decided just to give up a little bit of pressure on them and just start saving tires as best I could.

“Doing that I wasn’t losing much time to them, maybe a little bit, but I think even if he was pulling 2 or 3 tenths a lap, as soon as he caught traffic I could get him back. In the end if paid off pretty good and then I used traffic again even if it was really difficult because there is barely any passing.

“But traffic in this series is very important and as soon as I saw that prototype going to pass him, I really went for it and make a run as much as possible and he had no chance to block me and the point after that was all the tires I had saved I could use for them. Then with 20 minutes to go I could use the tires I had saved. I don’t know what would have happened if the BMW had a free track to catch me. I’m happy to get the back to back win with the C7R in the end.”

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