Corvette Racing Claims First GT2 Victory at 2009 Grand Prix of Mosport
Although the Corvette Racing team hasn’t been unsuccessful with its new GT2-class Corvette C6.Rs, the team scored its first victory with the revised cars this past weekend.
Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen managed to pilot the number 3 C6.R to victory at the Grand Prix of Mosport, held in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. A key pit stop by the Corvette crew helped to place Magnussen in front of the Ferrari F430 GTdriven byJamie Melo and Pierre Kaffer, which ultimately finished second.
“The pit stop was fantastic,” said Magnussen, “and we managed to get out just ahead of the Ferrari. That out lap was really hard because my tires were cold and he [Kaffer] already had one lap on his tires.
“After that, my Michelin tires were super good, and I was able to open up a little gap. When the tires stabilized, it was a matter of not making any mistakes. Kaffer and I were fast in different points of the track, so I had to be really careful in some places and I could relax in other places.”
Earlier in the weekend, O’Connell and Magnussen qualified in 5th place, while the number 4 Corvette, driven by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin, attained 4th place. Beretta and Gavin would ultimately achieve one position higher at the end of the race itself.
The Mosport race may mark the GT2-class Corvette’s first victory, but the new cars have finished on the podium since their debut at Mid-Ohio last month. At that race, the number 3 Corvette finished second, while the same car came in third at Road America a week later.