Gavin, Milner revel in 100th Corvette win as quest for 200 begins today

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – It’s perhaps fitting in a way that Corvette Racing’s longest serving active driver, Oliver Gavin, and its lone American full-timer in Tommy Milner, were the pair that delivered the standard setter for GT racing in North America its 100th win as a team last time out at Lime Rock Park. And there’s a commemorative decal on the cars this weekend to celebrate the occasion.

And so today, the quest to capture the next 100 wins begins here at Road America – which surprising as it seems, is a track Corvette Racing has not won at since 2008 with a GT1-spec Corvette C6.R, and Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell driving.

Gavin and Milner lead the GT Le Mans class points heading into today’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, and the drivers of the No. 4 Corvette C7.R were able to reflect a bit on what that win at Lime Rock meant for both them and the team.

“It just all fell into place really,” Gavin told NBC Sports. “We’d been waiting for a race like that Sebring. We were close in Long Beach but that one got taken away from us. Then we got into the midseason, and the performance of some other cars was pretty hard to beat. Everything has been relatively equal at Lime Rock.

“As we have done to deliver and perform, we perform throughout every level of the team at a very high consistent level. Whether that’s with the strategy we employ, the pit stops, the Michelin tires that we are on, the partners we’re working with, it’s why we’re in the lead of championship.

“This championship will come down who can perform the longest, strongest and be more consistent. At moment it’s between us, and the 67 (Ford GT) car. We’ll see how things evolve.”

Milner added, “No question it’s special. When I joined this team in 2011, I joined this team knowing I was joining at a team with a lot of success and experience, and always are in the hunt to win. That’s certainly has been my experience here. We have cars that can win races. This team is built to win races.”

Asking Gavin to pick which of his 47 wins with Corvette Racing stand out present some obvious candidates – notably the Corvette 1-2 photo finish at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona – but also mentioned 2012 a lot, when he and Milner won the class championship.

“Daytona this year was pretty spectacular. To come away with the win there was immense,” he said. “Then I think about my first win with Corvette in Le Mans in 2002. Johnny and I drove most of night; Ron (Fellows) was unwell. That was satisfying; then there was 2006 at Le Mans, following a very hard fight with the Astons. And then you sort of think about some of the Sebring results. Those are special.

“Mid-Ohio in 2012 starting a ways back and passing a number of cars in class, was satisfying to win there. The championship win at VIR in 2012 was quite nice. That year produced a lot of fond memories and I’m hoping this year provides some parallels.”

For Milner, he needed the confidence to know he could win when he got to Corvette from BMW, because he hadn’t won an ALMS race prior to arriving. In fact, his first win with Corvette was at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“Getting over that hump was huge for believing in yourself,” Milner admitted. “If you’re not winning, you definitely question if you can do it. So getting the win at Le Mans was a nice sort of kick in the ass.

“It’s funny how for most of my career, I’d never won an American Le Mans Series race, until 2012. Then we not only won races, but also won the title!

“Now, I don’t remember that feeling of dying… with that desire to get a win. It’s just different now. Getting one win, you want to get another one. There’s years where you get down and you figure out how to overcome those challenges. It’s the age old saying of what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It’s made me a better driver.”

Heading into today’s race, the No. 3 Corvette of Magnussen and Antonio Garcia starts sixth while the No. 4 car rolls off seventh. The Fords, meanwhile will start first (No. 66) and third (No. 67).

While Gavin isn’t bullish on Corvette’s chances today, at a track where there’s been four different manufacturers (Porsche 2015, Ferrari 2014, Viper 2013, BMW 2012) not named Corvette that have won the last four years, the goal is simple: bank as many points as possible to consolidate the 10-point gap (228-218) over Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe.

“We’ve had some success here in the past but it hasn’t been our strongest circuit,” Gavin said. “The turbo cars should be exceptionally strong. Ferrari has a bit more boost and speed, got a bit of weight. If I had to put my money on it, a turbo car should win here Sunday.

“Our main focus for us is to finish ahead of the 67 and then one of the other Fords if possible. This is gonna be back and forth for the rest of the year now. Pressure won’t let up whatsoever. It’s been fun, Mosport, Lime Rock, the same cars, just in a slightly different order. If we can have another result like that, it’d be good.”

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

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Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

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Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

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The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

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RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

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The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s