"The #4 car had some bad luck," said O'Connell, who drove part of his stint without air conditioning in the #3 Corvette, "But there were at least a half-dozen races last year that I thought we had the better car and caught a lot of bad luck. Racing is funny. It's very cyclical. We catch some good luck even on days we might not be the strongest but end up in front."
Like Audi, Corvette raced knowing this was the last time to get in any pre-Le Mans work. Corvette Racing has won in GT1 at Le Mans five times in the last seven years.
"This was a great race for us, as we had to really work at keeping the other car at bay," Magnussen said, "We turned this into a test for both cars to get ready for Le Mans, and I really think we're going to be in good shape going to France. We had our problems but every time that happens it's something to practice."
Flying Lizard Motorsports' Wolf Henzler and Jörg Bergmeister drove their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to its first GT2 victory since Sebring, taking a one-lap victory over the sister Lizard Porsche of Johannes van Overbeek and Patrick Pilet.
Henzler jumped out to a 20-second lead early on and gained nearly a lap on the field during the race's first caution at the 16-minute mark. Werner's then leading Audi was between the two Porsches, allowing Henzler a free pass around the circuit to catch the rear of the field.
"The full course caution was the key to winning the race," the German admitted, "We got an easy race and a great day. Sometimes you get a bit of luck and get a wave-by and it worked out perfectly."
The 1-2 finish was the second of the season for the Lizards and allowed Bergmeister and Henzler to move back into the class championship lead.
"It was an easy drive," Bergmeister said, "We knew after warm-up that we had a great car. I was pretty optimistic and it was a nice way to do it. Wolf did a great job putting the gap between us and the sister car and it was great to get the wave-by. Without the gap, we might not have been so lucky. We had the problem in St Pete that put us behind, but I think that we deserve to be in the championship lead again. We've been working very hard to get back here."