2013 AmERIcAN lE mANs sERIEs GT
Z4 owning the short tracks and every
significant cornering opportunity. Given
the chance to stretch its legs a little, the
C6.R sailed down the straights until the
BMW’s hood roundel became a small dot in
the rearview mirror, then managed to do
enough through the corners to hang on.
“It’s not a matter of putting together a
good lap, because when you’re by yourself
you can usually piece together a decent
one,” Rahal explains. “But in a race situation
where working traffic plays a big role, we
really suffered, especially Elkhart, Mosport
and Road Atlanta – all the places where you
want to be slippery and trim the car out.
“We trimmed out all we could, and
because the Z4 was new to the series,
they did the usual deal of over-restricting
the engine power. What we ended up with
was a car that didn’t have enough power
to pull the top speed to keep up with the
other cars, and that hurt us in the end.
“You had to feel good about
Jan and Antonio following
up what Olly and Tommy
achieved in 2012”
while anybody would love to have two wins
and a second place, our performances
were perhaps a little bit deceiving.
“Take a place like Lime Rock, where we
were very competitive and won on pure
pace. That track is an overgrown go-kart
track and we kind of have a go-kart for a
car. Everywhere else we really suffered.”
BMW and Corvette played their
cat-and-mouse game throughout the
championship, with the high-downforce
After consecutive wins for the No. 3 Corvette C6.R in
Baltimore and COTA, a third at VIR (ABOVE) put Jan
Magnussen and Antonio Garcia on the brink of the title.
Sixth at Petit Le Mans was enough to seal the deal. (BELOW)
Game on... The ’Vettes circulate at Rd. 2 in Long Beach,
a race in which they were led home by both BMW Z4s.
We gave the Corvettes hell everywhere
we went, and I think we kept the
championship interesting. But when we’re
6mph slower than the Corvettes and Vipers
on the straights, that’s hard to make up.”
As the old age and wisdom vs. youth and
enthusiasm dynamic played out between
the cars used by the GT titans, the same
was also taking place, to a lesser degree,
within the Corvette Racing driver ranks.
The previous season, the ALMS GT title
had gone to Corvette veteran Oliver
Gavin and his 26-year-old teammate
Tommy Milner as the duo won four of the