BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2016) – Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner captured the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driver’s Championship in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday with a third-place finish alongside Marcel Fässler at Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. It is the second championship for the pairing, the 10th for Corvette Racing, and goes along with the Chevrolet GTLM Manufacturer’s Championship clinched earlier in the day.
The No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R also won the GTLM Team Championship – the 11th in program history. Gavin and Milner needed to finish seventh in class or better to clinch the title.
"Oliver, Tommy and Marcel teamed up again to drive a smart race and capture a podium finish that delivered valuable points," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "As a result, Oliver and Tommy clinched the 2016 GTLM Driver's Championship. Congratulations to the entire Corvette C7.R team on their preparation and execution all season long."
Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller placed fourth in class in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R after losing four laps due to a mechanical problem early in the race. The fight-back and result was good enough to give Garcia and Magnussen third place in the GTLM Driver's Championship.
Meanwhile, Action Express Racing’s Dane Cameron and Eric Curran claimed a closely fought Prototype Driver’s Championship on Saturday, and Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette Daytona Prototype placed third in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort to close the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Cameron and Curran, drivers of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette DP, won their first title together in their second season as teammates. They won twice this year and recorded four podium finishes in five races to close the season.
There was more good news as Chevrolet and Corvette Racing swept the Manufacturer’s, Driver’s and Team championships in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
Gavin, Milner and Fässler ran in the top half of the GTLM field for virtually the entire race. Milner began from the seventh position, but the new GTLM co-champion was able to move up to second place after his two-hour, 30-minute drive. Help came in pit lane too, as the No. 4 crew gained Milner a spot at each stop.
Gavin took over and drove to the lead shortly after a full-course caution period three and a half hours into the race. He never dropped below second before handing over to Marcel Fässler, who had won at Daytona and Sebring with the Gavin/Milner duo. He ran in podium position for nearly three hours before a slight off-track excursion in turn one. He recovered nicely and was solidly in the top five at the end of his stint.
Corvette Racing will open the 2017 IMSA season at the Rolex 24 at Daytona January 28-29.