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Best Video Yet: C6.R Corvette Lapping Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on June 14, 2007

OnBoard Camera Captures C6.R Vette at Le MansBadBoyVettes.com is in France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and sacrificed a Canon PowerShot camera to get this awesome video of the #63 Corvette C6.R driven by Ron Fellows on a reconnaissance lap of the track. The site has photos of Program Manager Doug Fehan and a crew member taping the camera to the outside of the vehicle. By mounting the camera outside you really get the full effect of the sound coming from the Corvette as well as the ability to really see how fast these cars can go.

BBV also acknowledges that “the video download crashed the team’s computers between sessions, so we are busy mending fences with the Corvette Crew so as not to be extradited back to the US before the race.” Let’s hope they do!
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Le Mans Qualifying News: Corvettes Now At 3rd and 5th

by Keith Cornett on June 14, 2007

Oliver Gavin drove the #64 Corvette C6.R to third in the GT1 class on the first day of qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gavin’s time of 3:52.130 is about 2.5 seconds behind the #008 Aston Martin which topped the class at 3:50.761. Jan Magussen piloted Corvette Racing’s #63 C6.R to 5th in class with a lap time of 3:52.657, just .527 hundredths of a second behind the #64 C6.R. Also in the GT1 Class, the #53 Lamborghini was involved in a crash at the Playstation chicane. Driver Marco Apicella was not seriously injured, but was transported to the medical facilities and was later released for further observation. Here are current GT1 Class Standings after Day 1 of Qualifying:

Driver Team Car Time
Bouchut AMR Larbre Comp #008 Aston Martin DBR9 3:50.761
Ayari Team Oreca #55 Saleen S7R 3:51.240
Gavin Corvette Racing #64 C6.R 3:52.130
Brabham Aston Martin Racing #009 Aston Martin DBR9 3:52.471
Magnussen Corvette Racing #63 C6.R 3:52.657
Thursday is the final day of qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. SPEEDtv will have coverage of the qualifying rounds early Saturday morning and live coverage begins Saturday at 9:00am EST.
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Corvette – The Underdog Champion

by Keith Cornett on June 14, 2007

Reposted from LeMans.org C6.R Corvette at Le MansThey’ve won the LM GT1 (and GTS) class in five of the last seven 24 Hours of Le Mans and yet, ironically, every year it seems Corvette is considered the underdog against faster and more sophisticated competitors. Indeed, the Viper V10 in 2000, the 12-cylinder double overhead cam-powered Ferraris and Aston Martins, and the more exotic mid-engined Saleens have often dominated pre-race practice and qualifying sessions. Not once, in fact, in the previous seven 24 Hours of Le Mans has a Corvette been fastest qualifier in its class. With no less than six of the blindingly fast Aston Martin DBR9s (three of them factory entries run by ProDrive), independent Ferrari 550 Maranello and Lamborghini Murcielago entries, and new for this year two Saleen S7R entries by the veteran Oreca team, the Corvettes may once again be hard pressed to match their competitors’ outright lap speeds. Interestingly, the two occasions on which Corvette was beaten at Le Mans, it was by an Oreca Viper in 2000, and a ProDrive Ferrari in 2003. But in spite of any speed disadvantage and what often seems an insurmountable lead by their competitors every year, Corvettes prevailed in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. The reasons – ironclad reliability, and the skill and never-say-die determination of the Corvette Racing team that campaigns America’s sports car. The race in 2006 between ProDrive’s obviously faster Aston Martin DBR9s and the Corvettes was an epic struggle, flag to flag, won ultimately by the gritty Corvette Racing squad. With the Oreca Saleens joining these two great teams, this year’s GT1 contest in the 24 Hours of Le Mans should be a classic. It won’t be surprising if the Aston Martins and Saleens dominate the run-up this week, once again putting Corvette in the underdog role. But of course, the question is who will prevail after 24 grueling hours?
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Le Mans Preview: 2007 Corvette Racing Team Photo

by Keith Cornett on June 13, 2007

Corvette Racing had their annual team photograph session on Monday. You can view more photos by wading through the official Le Mans photo gallery at www.lemans.org

2007 Le Mans Corvette Racing Team Photo
Qualifying starts today and concludes on Thursday. The start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is 9am EST and SPEEDtv will be providing 17 ½ hours beginning at 8:30 EST Saturday, June 16th.
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Le Mans Qualifying News: Corvettes Running 2nd and 5th

by Keith Cornett on June 13, 2007

Qualifying is underway at Le Mans and Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs are current running 2nd and 5th Here are the standings as of 2pm EST:

Driver Team Car Time
Ayari Team Oreca #55 Saleen S7R 3:55.241
Beretta Corvette Racing #64 C6.R 3:56.642
Malucelli AMR BMS #100 Aston Martin DBR9 3:57.095
Garcia Team Modena #59 Aston Martin DBR9 3:57.737
Fellows Corvette Racing #63 C6.R 3:58.048

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The Four-time Le Mans winner and co-pilot of the #64 Corvette C6.R discusses what its like to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Check out the “Skull & Cross Flags” logo on his jacket.


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A Very Busy Week for Corvette Fans

by Keith Cornett on June 11, 2007

This week in June is unique as there are two major events that are going on that will appeal to different parts of the Corvette Enthusiast spectrum. The Bloomington Gold Corvette Show kicks of on June 14th and runs through the 17th at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. Judging for the Survivor class begins at 1:00pm. On Friday, the show will be in full swing with Gold and Benchmark judging underway and of course our favorite event, the Gold Auction begins at 3:00pm. We will have our usual preview of significant or unique Corvettes that we feel are that will be the ones to watch as the week progresses. To follow the events online, visit the Bloomington Gold website. The second major event we are following this week is Corvette Racings defense of their 24 hours of LeMans crown. As you know, the first half of the ALMS season hasn’t been all that exciting due to the lack of a competitor in the GT1 class. But all that changes in France as 15 cars are entered in the GT1 class. The team has one five LeMans championships in the last six years and this week the team may be facing their greatest challenge. Qualifying for the 24 Hours of LeMans is Wednesday and Thursday. The Race kicks off for us in the United States on Saturday morning. As always, we will have updates following the progress of Team Corvette throughout the week. I’d like to also thank Richard Prince of Richard Prince Photography for supplying us with several new photographs that will serve as our header this week. You can see more of Richard’s work at www.rprincephoto.com.
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As reported by (cough, cough) WindingRoad.com, the Corvette Racing team wasn’t satisfied in taking the top spot in last week’s LeMans testing session, with Jan Magnussen driving the #63 Corvette C6.R around the course in 3:49:207, shaving 1.641 seconds from the #007 Aston Martin piloted by Enge/Herbert/Kox. They needed something else to let everyone know they owned Aston Martin. According to the story, Aston Martin’s Crew Chief George Howard-Chappell hurt his back earlier in the week and left his car at the track overnight. Seems the boys from Corvette Racing found out about that and slightly modified his ride. Corvette Racing’s manager, Doug Fehan said “It didn’t take the boys long to make sure Ol’ George had all his bases covered for the race!”

Corvette Racing Pranks Aston Martin's Crew Chief
Stay with us this week as we cover the 24 Hours of LeMans.
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With the 24 Hours of LeMans just a week away, we thought it would be cool to take a virtual lap around the historic 8 mile course in a C5-R Corvette.

Qualifying begins June 13th and the 24-hour race on June 16-17. The 24 Hours of Le Mans starts at 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, June 16 and finishes at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. EDT) on Sunday, June 17. SPEED will televise 17.5 hours of coverage in North America starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT on June 16.
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C6.R Corvettes on test day at LemansToday’s pre-qualifying session at LeMans saw Corvette Racing setting the pace for the 15 car GT1 class. The #63 Corvette driven by Jan Magnussen, Johnny O’Connell and Ron Fellows ran the fastest lap in the class at 3:49.207. The #64 Corvette with Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis was third with a lap clocked at 3:51.628. Sandwiched between the two factory C6.R Corvettes was the #007 Aston Martin piloted by Enge, Herbert and Kox which lapped the famous track in 3:50.848. With 22 minutes remaining in the 8-hour testing session, Jan Magnussen posted the fast lap of the day, which was held by the #007 Aston Martin. The practice session gives the teams the opportunity to adjust aerodynamic settings, suspensions and test tires. This is the only practice session on the 8.5 mile course prior to the official practice and qualifying starting June 13th.

“Today has been the best ‘pre-qualifying’ I have ever had with Corvette Racing,” said Magnussen. “We managed to set up the car just the way we like it and made very good progress throughout the day. We now have a car with which we can attack hard without risking falling off, which is exactly what we’ll need for the race because I think this year will be a tough one.” “Some people wondered why we were racing in the American Le Mans Series even though we had no competition, and I think today’s result provides a clear answer,” said Doug Fehan. “We’ve done a tremendous amount of work over the winter and early this season, and the testing that we’ve done with Michelin has been outstanding. The drivers, engineers and mechanics did another exceptional job, and that’s one of the reasons why Corvette Racing is successful.”
Competing in the 15-car GT1 Class are five Corvettes (4 C6.R’s and 1 C5-R), six Aston Martin DBR9′s, two Saleen S7R’s, a Ferrari 550 and a Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT. Luc Alphand Adventures brings the C6.R Corvette that one at LeMans last year and the C5-R that finished third in class in 2006.Rounding out the Corvette teams is a C6.R Corvette from PSI Experience. Qualifying for the world’s most prestigious auto race is June 13-14 and the 24-hour race on June 16-17. The 24 Hours of Le Mans starts at 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, June 16 and finishes at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. EDT) on Sunday, June 17. SPEED will televise 17.5 hours of coverage in North America starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT on June 16.
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