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Milner, Udell Give First Win for Corvette Z06 GT3.R

DXDT’s Tommy Milner, Alec Udell claim victory in first race of weekend at COTA…

Photo: Fabian Lagunas/SRO

Tommy Milner and Alec Udell claimed victory in Saturday’s opening Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS, giving the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R its first win in global competition.

Milner took the No. 63 DXDT Corvette to a 3.706-second win over the Pro-Am class-winning No. 38 ST Racing BVMW M4 GT3 of Neil Verhagen and Samantha Tan in the 90-minute contest that ran caution-free.

Having started third overall on the grid and on the Pro class pole, Udell briefly lost the class lead to the No. 28 ST BMW of Bill Auberlen until Auberlen sustained diffuser damage that affected the car’s handling.

It came after contact between Luca Mars and Philip Ellis at the start that resulted in Ellis’ No. 91 Regulator Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo receiving a drive-through penalty for incident responsibility.

While pole-sitter Riccardo Agostini stretched out into a significant lead, a slow pit stop for the No. 88 AF Corse Ferrari 296 GT3 saw co-driver Custodio Toledo emerge with just a six-second advantage.

Milner got around the Bronze-rated Brazilian driver with 35 minutes to go and had clear sailing to the finish, despite BMW factory driver Verhagen holding steady in second.

The win for the Corvette came in only its third outing in Fanatec GT America competition following its series debut last time out at Sebring International Raceway.

The Pratt Miller-built GT3 car made its global competition debut in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Trent Hindman drove the No. 85 RS1 Porsche 911 GT3 R to a third place overall finish and second in Pro-Am alongside Jake Pedersen.

The No. 120 Wright Motorsports Porsche of Elliott Skeer came home second in Pro and fourth overall, despite having the rear floor of the Type-992 Porsche coming loose and ending up on the track.

Colin Braun got around Toledo with less than six minutes to go to complete the Pro-Am class podium for he and CrowdStrike by Riley co-driver George Kurtz, which finished fifth overall.

Toledo faded to eighth overall and sixth in class at the checkered flag, having also gotten passed by the No. 29 Turner Motorsport BMW of Robby Foley and Bryan Sellers’ No. 08 DXDT Corvette.

Varun Choksey, who nursed the broken diffuser, was ninth overall at the finish, while a late-race spin for Aaron Povoledo dashed hopes of a top-ten finish for the No. 50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Mercedes-AMG.

The No. 32 GMG Racing Porsche of Tom Sargent instead came through to take the position.

Race 2 gets underway Sunday at 2:15 p.m. CDT with live coverage on SRO’s GT World YouTube channel and on Twitch.

RESULTS: Race 1

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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