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Corvette Goes Three in a Row in GTLM, Turner BMW Wins GTD

Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia claim third GTLM class victory in a row…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Corvette Racing took over the GT Le Mans championship lead with its third consecutive TUDOR United SportsCar Championship class win in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

Antonio Garcia drove the No. 4 Corvette C7.R to victory in the third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup following a dominant run for he and co-driver Jan Magnussen.

Garcia edged out the No. 91 SRT Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R of Marc Goossens following the fourth and final full-course caution period of the race, which set up a one-lap shootout to the finish.

The No. 93 Viper of Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer completed the class podium in third following a late charge, and also benefitting from a late-race penalty for the No. 4 Corvette C7.R, which dropped it out of podium contention.

All four of the Viper drivers led the race at one point, in what marked a turnaround race for the Bill Riley-led factory squad, which is the only team to have podiumed in all three TP NAEC races to date.

Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin, however, came home in fourth, with the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy and Richard Lietz rounding out the top-five in class.

The class pole-sitting No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE of Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx had a miserable race after suffering three punctures as well as being handed a stop-and-hold plus 75-second penalty for contact with a PC car in the third hour.

The BMW Team RLL pairing came home 10th, losing the championship lead to Magnussen and Garcia as a result.

GT Daytona class honors went to Turner Motorsport’s Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala, which enjoyed an equally dominant run in their No. 94 BMW Z4 GT3.

Cameron, who took over the lead from the pole-sitting No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America on the opening lap, held control of the race for all but 14 minutes due to pit stops.

It marked the team’s second class win in the last three races.

The No. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 of Townsend Bell came home second in class, extending their lead not only in the season-long title race but also the Patron Endurance Cup.

Magnus Racing’s John Potter, Andy Lally and Sebastian Asch finished third, displacing the No. 27 Dempsey Racing Porsche 911 GT America, which had been fighting for podium contention.

RESULTS: Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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