O’Connell and Magnussen Win ALMS GT1 Race in Detroit

GT1 Class winners in the American LeMans Series race yesterday as part of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix were Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen in their #3 Corvette C6.R (pictured here, at race end).  They finished a complete lap ahead of their sister #4 car, piloted by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin.  Once again, the Corvettes faced competition from no other marque.

This was my first in-person ALMS race, and I must share some observations:

As drivers have previously said, the flow of the track in an ALMS race is unique, with different classes of vehicles competing at the same time.  There are essentially four different levels of play at any moment.

It is amazing to me how loud the Corvettes are!  Each class of vehicle seemed to have a different decibel range, and it seemed to me that the Corvettes were loudest.

From various interviews over the two days, it was clear that the Corvette Racing Team enjoyed showing off their mettle to the GM brass "in their backyard".

Everyone was expressive of their appreciation to Roger Penske for bringing the Grand Prix back to Detroit.  It was well run, and another stellar reason to visit the metro Detroit area late summer.

This photo shows the proximity of the Renaissance Center to Belle Isle.

 

This shot shows the CRT cars in the race lane just before the start of the race.

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