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# 4 Tommy Milner & Oliver Gavin repeat as GTLM winners at the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach

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The # 3 and # 4 Corvettes each gained track position via quicker pit stops than rival Ford GTs during full course yellow about 40 min into the 100 min race.

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Thanks to racing breaks, Milner overtook the leading Porsches that incurred damages (body to # 911 Nick Tandy) and (right front suspension to # 912 Earl Bamber).

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Antonio Garcia in the # 3 was set to win but for a mishap that crew chief Dan Binks described as a clutch override.   An electronic glitch dropped the car into neutral through the hairpin.  That brief slip allowed Milner and both Ford GTs to get by.

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Milner, who was leading by three seconds, described a scary moment in the closing laps, nearly losing traction as the racing line grew slicker.  In Tommy's words (short video)

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This victory marks Corvette Racing’s 107th all-time win and its 7th in 11 years at Long Beach.  Oliver Gavin is now the winningest driver by notching his 50th.

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GM honchos celebrated a perfect afternoon as the # 5 Action Express Caddy of Felipe Albuquerque and Jao Barboza won the prototype class.

Results compiled by Wayne Ellwood

Mid-Ohio is next and then Doug Fehan, Gary Pratt and their spectacular GT Corvette team are off to Le Mans.

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Earlier Event: March 30
Trans Am Road Atlanta
Later Event: April 13
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