For the first time ever at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the factory-backed Corvette Racing team will be starting on the Pole. Both C6.Rs were faster in today’s qualifying rounds than yesterdays but it was Jan Magnussen in the #63 Corvette C6.R that won the GT1 class Pole with a fastest lap time of 3:47.668. After running 1st and 2nd most of the day, the Saleen S7R was able to break the 3:50 mark with a lap of 3:47.761. Oliver Gavin and the #64 Corvette will start 3rd on the grid with a time of 3:48.539.
We pulled this video from the French site Eurosport.fr and thought we’d dump the French commentary for something a bit more appropriate.
Here are the unofficial qualifying results for the 76th 24 Hours of Le Mans:
|LMGT1 Starting Grid|
|63||Corvette Racing||Corvette C6.R||Magnussen, J.||3:47.668|
|50||Labre Competition||Saleen S7R||Smet, D.||3:47.761|
|64||Corvette Racing||Corvette C6.R||Gavin, M.||3:48.539|
|009||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin DBR9||Turner, D.||3:48.994|
|007||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin DBR9||Piccini, A.||3:49.060|
|55||IPB Spartak Racing||Lamborghini Murcielago||Hezemans, M.||3:52.175|
|72||Luc Alphand Aventures||Corvette C6.R||Moreau, G.||3:52.993|
|59||Team Modena||Aston Martin DBR9||Borcheller, T.||3:53.031|
|53||Vitaphone Racing Team||Aston Martin DBR9||Leventis, N.||3:53.475|
|73||Luc Alphand Aventures||Corvette C6.R||Goueslard, P.||3:55.736|
Corvette Racing is out to avenge last year’s loss to Aston Martin. Watch the team take to the track again as the 24 Hours of LeMans gets underway at 3pm local time (9am EST) on Saturday, June 14th. SPEED TV will be carrying much of the race live.
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