Corvette Racing – GT2

Rain – Wets, Dry – Slicks, Rain – Wets, Dry – Slicks, etc.

Rain provided the theme of the race. For weeks prior to Petit, north Georgia was drenched on a regular basis. At one point, the weekend preceding the race, the Atlanta area rate of rainfall was 5” an hour. Race day proved to be no exception to the rain rule(s). At the start of the race, there was light rain for about 20 minutes with everyone on wets; however, after about 50 minutes a dry line began to form. The #4 and #3 Corvettes quickly advanced from their third and seventh qualifying positions into first and second and maintained for the first three hours of the race. Then the rain returned, followed by a flurry of pit stops that rearranged the race order. After the tire changes to wets, the two Corvettes worked their way back to first and second, with Johnny in first and Olly in second.  The rain stopped. As the dry line formed, they returned for slicks, with Olly emerging in first and Johnny in second. 

Rain, Rain, Rain.

After about 1½ hours, during the first full-course yellow, the Corvettes made their first driver changes to Olivier Beretta (#4) and Jan Magnussen (#3). The whole GT2 field bunched during the second full-course yellow, all within 20 seconds of each other in the third hour. During the third full-course yellow, they made another driver change putting in Antonio Garcia (#3) and Marcel Fassler (#4).  During the fifth caution, the Corvettes pitted and returned in third (#4) and fourth (#3) positions. 

 Rain, Rain, Rain and More Rain.

The rain returned in the flooding form – back in for wets amongst mass confusion and back onto the flooding track went Olly and Johnny. 

Wow! Oh no!

Ferrari’s rain detector worked the best and made it in for wets before anyone else put on full wets and swam into first place.

Rain, Rain, Rain, aquaplane off track!

The race was red-flagged at 4:50 PM and the cars lined up in pit lane with rain coats until the race was terminated three hours and 55 minutes later. It was a wise and safe call to terminate the race. Corvette Racing finished 4th and 6th and LG MotorSports finished 8th.

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