We just knew this was coming, didn’t we Corvette fans?
Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and the No. 64 Corvette C7.R set the fastest time in the GTE-Pro during last Sunday’s test as the 5-time Le Mans winner was timed at 3:54.701 (129.990 mph). Antonio Garcia was fourth with the No.63 C7.R with a lap of 3:55.064 (129.680 mph).
Now we’ve learned that officials will slow down Corvette Racing with a 0.2mm smaller air restrictor when Free Practice starts on Wednesday. The FIA confirmed changes to the GTE-Pro class Balance of Performance tables on Friday.
Prior to the Le Mans test, the Corvette C7.Rs were granted a 0.7mm larger air restrictor than what was on the car during last year’s race. So at least we are still in positive territory.
The good news is that officials have pretty much left everyone else where they were pre-test although Sportscar365.com reports that “fuel capacities have been adjusted for all GTE-Pro cars in order to give a 35-second refueling time and 14-lap stints for all cars.”
Ferrari and Aston Martin will receive an additional 3 liters, Corvette and Ford gain 2 liters and Porsche will gain 1 liter of fuel.
Corvette fans have a right to be wary about any changes to BoP after last year’s BoP fiasco as Ford and Ferrari magically gained nearly 5 seconds during qualifying. Organizers are said to be looking at GTE-Pro very hard this year to ensure a closer race for all competitors in next weekend’s race.
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