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Le Mans: #63 Corvette Running Third in GT1

by Keith Cornett on June 16, 2007

With 13:37 remaining in the race, the #63 Corvette is currently running third in GT1, one lap down from the first and second place Aston Martins. It appears that the weather is currently not a factor in the race as it was earlier. Earlier in the day we lost the #64 Corvette when the driveshaft failed and the car was unable to make it back to the garage without help. We also got a scare when the #63 Corvette C6.R driven by Jan Magnussen clipped an LMP1 Audi, which forced the Corvette into the gravel near the Dunlop bridge. Jan was able to plow through the gravel and no serious damage was done to either car.

For those of you not watching, here is the #63 Corvette C6.R making a night-time pit stop. The team made a driver change with Johnny O’Connell taking over the driving duties as well as topping off the fuel and getting four new tires.

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Le Mans Starting Grid Set: Corvette’s 3rd and 5th

by Keith Cornett on June 15, 2007

C6.R Corvette at Le MansLooks like the weather is going to play a major role in this weekend’s running of the 24 hours of Le Mans. Rain and the accidents that accompanied it shortened the first day’s qualifying (Q1) and washed out day number two (Q2), thereby all but guaranteeing that the starting grid for GT1 will be based on Wednesday’s Q1 runs:

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
The fastest time recorded today in GT1 was 4:27.761 seconds by Team Oreca in the Saleen S7R, way off the pace of Wednesday’s #008 Aston Martin which leads GT1 at 3:50.761. The #64 Corvette C6.R ran a fastest lap at 4:35.281 while the #63 Corvette C6.R came in at 4:36.285.
Jan Magnussen, driving #63 Corvette C6.R said, “we are checking the car with all three drivers, making sure that it’s OK to run in the wet, and that there is no water getting in. We won’t do much more. It’s too easy to lose the car in these conditions. The visibility is hard when you are running with other people. It’s good that I was here in 2001 when it was very wet. If it’s wet like this for the race, the results will depend more on who avoids mistakes and less on the racing.”
Teams will now have to adjust and adapt as conditions on the ground change. Corvette Racing has the capabilities to overcome all obstacles, and that can-do spirit goes along way in a 24 hour race. As the Saleens and Astons have proven to be faster, Corvettes win endurance races because of smart driving and the overall reliability of the Corvette C6.R, and that has proven to be the great equalizer at Le Mans.
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LeMans: Podcasts From Corvette Racing Team Members

by Keith Cornett on June 15, 2007

Members of the Corvette Racing team checked in from France with the GM FYI Blog yesterday to give their take on the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Interviews include Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan and drivers Johnny O’Connell, Max Papis and Oliver Gavin. Visit the GM FYI Blog to listen.
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Le Mans: Corvette Racing and the National Anthem

by Keith Cornett on June 15, 2007

Paul Reed Smith Guitars has been a sponsor of Corvette Racing for the past three years. So it’s no surprise that PRS axe-wielding crew member Mike West would try to get some “air-time” for their sponsor at the Le Mans Garage. And what a better way to do so than a rendition of the USA’s National Anthem. In France. Right next to Aston Martin’s Garage.


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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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