Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia gave the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R its fourth consecutive TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class victory on Sunday, carrying Corvette Racing to its 11th victory in 14 years at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Magnussen took the lead 54 minutes into the two-hour, 45-minute Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance when Kuno Wittmer’s pole-winning No. 93 SRT Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R drove through the grass to avoid another competitor.
Magnussen turned the Corvette over to Garcia one lap after taking the lead. Garcia led the rest of the way, taking the checkered flag 11.024 seconds ahead of Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 93 Viper in the race that ran without a full-course caution
“It’s by no means easy what we’ve achieved with the four wins,” Magnussen said after his 41st career victory in North American competition and fifth at the circuit once known as Mosport International Raceway. “It’s difficult out there. You have to be so precise and really work the traffic – that’s where big gains can be made.”
“It was really hard for me, because I was expecting some safety cars (caution periods),” Garcia added. “I couldn’t really be conservative; otherwise the Viper would have caught me.”
SRT Motorsports took two podium positions with Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher finishing third in the No. 91 Dodge Viper GTS-R, coming from the seventh starting position.
Wittmer led the early laps, shadowed all the way by Magnussen. Wittmer had to go through the grass in Turn 5 to avoid the No. 56 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE of John Edwards on the 42nd lap, hitting a sign in the process. While the incident caused minimal damage to the Viper, the team spent the remainder of the race chasing the Corvette.
Bomarito managed to close the gap during the closing minutes, and was only 1.818 seconds behind Garcia with 12 minutes remaining.
“I made one final charge, but I just didn’t have enough,” Bomarito said. “Antonio got caught up in traffic, and I closed in. Unfortunately, then I got held up in the same traffic and Antonio got away.”
All 10 GTLM cars were running at the finish.