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Rain, bad luck conspire against Milner, Tandy in fourth-place run

CORVETTE RACING AT SPA: Tough Day for No. 64 Corvette
Rain, bad luck conspire against Milner, Tandy in fourth-place run

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (May 7, 2022) – Misfortune and Mother Nature
worked against Corvette Racing on Saturday as an early-race advantage turned
into a fourth-place class finish for the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet
Corvette C8.R at the Six Hours of Spa.

Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy finished a lap down in the FIA World Endurance
Championship’s GTE Pro class but had hopes for much more early on.
Nevertheless, the team will take all the information it gained from this
weekend into its next event – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Saturday’s race was a disjointed one, to say the least, with a mix of 11
full-course yellow or safety-car periods, plus three red-flag stoppages. All
totaled, there were less than three hours of green-flag time in the race.

Tandy started third in class and was in a position to gain track position
and potentially the lead by going a lap longer than the rest of the GTE Pro
field before his first stop for fuel and tires. An untimely safety-car
period for a heavy prototype crash and a subsequent red flag closed the pit
entry and exit just before the Corvette could make it into pitlane, which
meant Tandy had to stop for a five-second emergency service for fuel.

Not only did that cost Corvette Racing a shot at the lead, it also meant a
loss of more than a lap of track position. Due to the sporting regulations,
Tandy wasn’t allowed to leave the pitlane until the field made a full lap
past the pit exit after race officials lifted the red flag. Heavy rain
showers arrived at the track during the stoppage as the GTE Pro field went
to grooved wet-weather tires.

More rain halted the race twice more as Tandy stayed in the Corvette past
the halfway point. He swapped over to Milner a little after three hours
running but with the No. 64 C8.R back on the lead lap. More rain fell on the
circuit to cause another red flag with about two hours and 40 minutes left.
As the track began to dry during the next hour, Milner began to lose
performance as the fully grooved rain tires grew hot and lost grip.

He stopped with an hour and 45 minutes left for a driver change and newer
rain tires for Tandy, who eventually went on slick tires 30 minutes later
under another full-course yellow with Milner closing for the final hour.

The next event for Corvette Racing is the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11-12
with two Corvette C8.Rs set to compete in GTE Pro.

GTE PRO: “It’s a little unfortunate for us. The pace of the car, as we saw
in qualifying and practice, was pretty good. We basically got punished for
stretching our fuel on the first stint… just unlucky in reality. I don’t
think we really ever got back from that situation. It’s nothing that anyone
else did or that we did. It’s just the way the rules are. But it was fun. I
really enjoyed my laps around Spa. The Corvette was very good. The race
conditions were very difficult but we had fun.”

PRO: “It was an interesting race. We started well and made our way to second
position. We were trying to stretch the fuel out a bit to give us some
options on strategy. In the end, it hurt us with a safety car and red flag.
Obviously we were out of fuel so we had to pit. The rules state that if you
pit under red, you have to wait a lap which put us behind. Through good
work, strategy and taking a risk on tires, we made that lap back and got on
the back of things. But we were always that step behind from then on in. We
maximized what we could in the end. It’s good practice to see all these
scenarios work out ahead of Le Mans. It wasn’t our day today. The luck didn’t
fall our way but we learned a lot and got decent points in the

Ryan Smith
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