Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan is not all that happy after the first qualifying sessions which saw the Ford GTs make up five seconds between last weekend’s test day to take four of the top five spots in GTE-Pro.
In fact, the Ford GTs are so quick, they’ve eclipsed Aston Martin’s 2015 GTE-Pro Pole by 3.7 seconds.
Dirk Mueller put the No. 68 Ford GT on the provisional pole with a time of 3:51.185 while Ryan Briscoe was right behind him in the No. 69 Ford. The No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE was third in class and the only other manufacturer to compete with Ford on Wednesday.
The Ford GT, which is back at the 24 Le Mans since the 1960s, has been granted multiple exemptions and favorable Balance of Performance changes including a 25kg weight drop. Some have taken to calling the four GTs “The Chosen Ones” based on the exemptions which include the GTs being a prototype as there are no customer cars built and therefore no homologation.
Corvette Racing finished first in GTE-Pro at the Le Mans test last week and was then penalized by BoP with a 0.3mm air restrictor reduction (on top of the 0.5mm air restrictor reduction made prior to the test. After the provisional qualifying session on Wednesday, the C7.Rs have yet to equal their test day performance that saw Antonio Garcia lead the GTE-Pro field with a lap of 3:55.122.
Doug Fehan was clearly not happy yesterday and he spoke to Sportscar365.com about the situation:
“At Corvette Racing we have always operated to the tenets of honor, integrity, respect and sportsmanship.” “We are going to continue to do that because that is the foundation from which we have operated forever.”
“As far as BoP goes, I think you can look at the time sheets themselves from after qualifying and they are pretty much self-explanatory.”
Sportcar365 says that the ACO is looking at the data and they say there still might be some changes coming. “People are looking at the data and everything that’s been collected. We can change on Friday if we like,” said ACO Sporting Director Vincent Beaumesnil.
“If we consider it’s necessary, we can do it. Whether we will do it, I don’t know, the technical people will tell me.”