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Uncharacteristic error hits Corvette hopes

Corvette Racing rues an uncharacteristic error which puts both cars out of contention at Sebring
An uncharacteristic mistake in pit lane saw Corvette Racing's hopes of success in the American Le Mans Series opener at Sebring come to an end in dramatic fashion.

The two C6-Rs had run second and third in GT2 in the early stages of the race but the #3 of Jan Magnussen, Johnny O'Connell and Antonio Garcia was then forced to go behind the wall to repair a power steering hose.

The car then prepared to rejoin eight laps down, but Magnussen was released from his pit box just as Emmanuel Collard pulled into the adjacent pit in the sister car – slamming into the side of Magnussen's car.

The #4 went straight behind the pit wall for repairs to its front stabiliser bar and bodywork while Magnussen rejoined the race – only to have to tour slowly back to the pits with a punctured front tyre.

Both cars dropped down the field as a result, and the #4 ran into further issues when Oliver Gavin had to put for a new nose, headlight and harness assembly when his headlights failed to work.

The #3 eventually took the flag in eighth with the sister car one place further back, with the pit lane collision being the main talking point surrounding the team at the finish.

"An incident like this has never happened before at Corvette Racing," programme manager Doug Fehan said. "A perfect storm of events that certainly we can't attribute to any one thing caused the two cars to come together in pit lane. We'll go back and look at what took place, establish procedures to ensure that it never happens again, and come back stronger for the next event.

“Even when our guys were laps down to the leaders, they ran just as hard after that incident as they did before. That tells you what Corvette Racing is about."


Tagged as: Corvette , Collard , Magnussen , Gavin , Fehan , Sebring

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