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Corvette Racing: Oliver Gavin Joins SRT for Spa 24

by Keith Cornett on July 14, 2009

Corvette Racing: Oliver Gavin Joins SRT for Spa 24
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin will be joining the Belgian FIA GT Selleslagh Racing Team (SRT) as part of its driver line-up for the upcoming Spa 24 Hours on July 25-26th. Gavin will share seat time behind the wheel of the SRT Corvette C6.R with Belgian Bert Longin, the reigning FIA GT3 Champion, James Ruffier of France, and former Belgian GT Champion, Maxime Soulet. Oliver last raced at the Spa 24 Hours in 2007 with Luc Alphand Aventure’s C6.R .

Make sure you check out Corvette Motorsport for complete live coverage of the Spa 24 Hours.

 

Corvette Racing: GT2 C6.Rs Officially Entered for Mid-Ohio

Corvette Racing’s return to the American Le Mans series is now official. PlanetLeMans.com is reporting that the two Corvette C6.Rs have officially been entered to run in the GT2 class at the Acura Sports Car Challenge in Mid-Ohio. The #3 and #4 Corvettes will now go head to head with Ferrari, Porsche, Panoz, BMW, Ford and Dodge in what looks to be one of the most diverse and competitive classes in auto racing.

Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen will be driving the #3 Corvette C6.R while Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin will be behind the wheel of the #4 Corvette. O’Connell and Magnussen return fresh off their GT1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the sixth victory in the world’s greatest race since 2001.

“For several years now, the competition in GT2 has been the closest and most competitive among all our classes,” said Scott Atherton, American Le Mans Series President and CEO. “With the news of Corvette Racing’s official entry into the category at Mid-Ohio, the class quite possibly becomes the most diverse and competitive ever. It also serves as another example of the continued growth and success of the American Le Mans Series. Corvette never truly left, but it’s safe to say that they were missed by the countless participants at our Corvette Corrals and fans worldwide. We would like to be the first to officially say, ‘Welcome back!’”

The Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio is scheduled to start at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 8th. The race will be televised same-day tape-delayed on NBC at 4 p.m. ET.



Source:
PlanetLemans.com
Photo Credit: Planetlemans – Marcel ten Caat

Related:
2009 Le Mans 24: Corvette Racing Scores Sixth GT1 Class Win
Corvette Racing: Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan Talks about the ZR1-Based GT2 Corvette C6.R

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Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!

by Keith Cornett on June 26, 2009

Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on 

Fire!

In a scene somewhat reminiscent of Boris Said’s fire in the LG Motorsports #28 GT2 Corvette at Long Beach, this SCCA racer was recently tearing up the track at Road America when his C6 T-1 race car caught on fire.

Apparently oblivious to the fire raging underneath his Corvette, the racer lost control and swung around as the intense flames had melted the tires. Here’s how it all unfolded

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Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!    


Source:
Jalopnik

Related:
[VIDEO] LG Motorsports GT2 Corvette Catches Fire at Long Beach
[PICS] C6 Corvette CharGrilled in the Ukraine

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Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell in the Corvette Racing Garage at Le Mans
Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell at Le Mans
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

As the official photographer of Corvette Racing, Richard Prince has unlimited access to the team and the events surrounding last week’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His photos really give us a sense of the commitment it takes to win the most famous 24 hour endurance race. Check out his photo gallery on Badboy Vettes.

Corvette Racing Trivia:

Here’s a little something to look for: How was Ron Fellows on board the #63 Corvette C6.R at Le Mans? Be the first to leave a comment with the answer and I’ll send you a Corvette Price Guide gratis!

 

Toasting a Decade of Excellence for Corvette Racing

by Keith Cornett on June 17, 2009

Corvette Racing at Le Mans
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

If you are a frequent reader of AutoExtremist.com’s Peter De Lorenzo, you know that he has been a big supporter of GM’s Corvette Racing program because of its return on investment that racing brings via the technology transfer to production Corvettes. De Lorenzo has talked about the two distinct camps within GM corporate Marketing when it comes to Racing and is especially critical of the support the automaker gives to NASCAR year after year.

In his latest “Fumes” column, Peter reviews the awards and accolades that Corvette Racing has generated over the last decade and discusses the future of the program. As usual, this is a must-read for any racing enthusiast.

Read: Toasting a decade of excellence for Corvette Racing

 

Sixth Class Win for Corvette Racing's #63 C6.R
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

Corvette Racing came to La Sarthe with a single-minded goal to win the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and that’s exactly what they accomplished. Piloting the #63 Velocity Yellow Corvette C6.R across the finish line was Johnny O’Connell, who became the only American to win Le Mans 4 times. The #64 Corvette seized the GT1 lead with 3 hours left to run, but transmission problems knocked the Black Corvette out of the race.

Coming in second was the White #73 Corvette run by Luc Alphands team and in third place was the Jetalliance Racing Aston Martin DBR9, which was way down on the leader board most of the race but refused to quit. Once the #64 Corvette went out of the race, the Aston Martin was assured a podium finish.

Corvette Racing Quotes

Jan Magnussen, No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R:
“Four Le Mans wins feels absolutely great. My role in this one was for only half the race. I really have to thank Johnny and Antonio for working so hard during the last half of the race. Also a special mention to my crew chief Dan Binks. Standing on the victory podium at Le Mans is just amazing, and I hope that we can carry on.”

Johnny O’Connell, No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R:
“Winning at Le Mans is hard because it’s all about pushing as hard as you can while being perfect with your technique and taking care of the car. I think the three of us did that, even when we were wiped out and tired. The guys in the No. 64 Corvette might have had a little more mid-corner grip than us, so we had to push every minute. When you do that, sometimes you make mistakes, but the No. 63 finished the race as pretty as it started it.”

Antonio Garcia, No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R:
“I’ll tell you tomorrow when I wake up what it means to win Le Mans twice. This is my third 24-hour race win a row – I won Le Mans last year and Daytona 24 this year. I cannot ask for anything else. Corvette Racing gave me a car and a crew that worked perfectly, and I really appreciate it. During the night and this morning, I was up to my best. That’s what a proper team needs to be – everyone giving 100 percent.”

Oliver Gavin, No. 64 Compuware Corvette C6.R:
“It didn’t seem to matter what we did today, it was something just ready to trip us up, whether it was punctures or safety cars or this gearbox problem. I think that Olivier, Marcel and myself had driven well throughout the race, and it was going to be extremely close at the finish. It was going to come down two cars racing at the end of the race, which is quite unusual here at Le Mans. I really thought we had a great shot at it today, after we kept clawing back and finally pulled away, but then the final card played by Lady Luck was all bad luck. It’s desperately disappointing.”

Olivier Beretta, No. 64 Compuware Corvette C6.R:
“The car was good, then I had a puncture and my car was starting to be difficult, so they called me in and changed the tire. On the restart, I made the pass on the No. 63 Corvette before the Ford chicane. There was a lot of confusion and I just put the throttle flat on the floor.”

“It seemed like we were racing against the pace car all day. We’d lose two minutes, catch back up, and then lose two minutes again. The team did a very good job, we never gave up, and what happened today is just part of racing. We are professionals and have to accept it – but to be honest, you have to be disappointed when you push hard and don’t win.”

Doug Louth, Corvette Racing Engineering Director:
“It was easy to stay awake this morning because there was a lot happening. It couldn’t have been any closer between the two Corvettes – if they had both run to the finish, it would have come down to the wire. There were a lot of possible scenarios with pit stops and tires. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but Corvette C6.Rs finished first and second.”

Dan Binks, Crew Chief, Corvette C6.R No. 63:
“Winning Le Mans is so unbelievable that I can’t even talk about it. All of the people here worked their butts off, and we’re just the guys who show up at the track. There are dozens of guys back in the shop working on this stuff.”



Source:
Corvette Racing
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

Related:
2009 Le Mans 24: Live Blogging Corvette Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2009 Le Mans 24: Corvette Racing Qualifies One-Two in GT1 Class
Chevrolet’s Ed Peper: Corvette Racing Program to Continue Under GM Bankruptcy

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Live Blogging Corvette Racing GT1 Campaign
Photo Credit: Pierre BARRAU – ACO/Nikon

As Corvette Racing makes its run for a 6th victory in the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, we’ll be here bringing you the latest news and updates from the variety of Le Mans coverage we’re following.

Le Mans 24 coverage is sponsored by

Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
 

Hour 24

  • #63 Corvette brings home 6th GT1 Class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • O’Connell becomes 1st American driver with 4 Le Mans wins
  • Win brings tears of joy to Crew Chief Dan Binks.
  • Luc Alphand’s #73 Corvette finishes 2nd, #66 Aston Martin finishes 3rd.
  • Unofficial Results: #63, #73, #66, #64 (out), #72 (out), #68 (out)

Hour 23

  • Final Hour!
  • #63 Corvette currently being driven by Antonio Garcia.
  • #73 Corvette in number 2 position, seven laps off GT1 leader.
  • #64 Corvette listed in 3rd place, 25 laps up on #66 Aston Martin DBR9.
  • Current Running Order: #63, #73, #64, #66, #72 (out), #68 (out)

Hour 22

  • Bad news for #64 Corvette. After taking the lead in hour 18, they break a driveshaft.
  • Reports say a huge spike in transmission temperature and then it failed.
  • #64 Corvette was pushed onto pit lane but it looks like this is the end.
  • #63 Corvette will retake the lead followed by French #73 Corvette C6.R
  • Current Running Order: #63, #73, #64, #66, #72 (out), #68 (out)

Hour 15

  • The sun rises over La Sarthe!
  • Garcia in for O’Connell and Beretta replaces Gavin.
  • Beretta very fast with back to back laps of 3:54s.
  • 1:29.080 separates #63 from #64. #73 C6r 4 laps down.
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #66, #72 (out), #68 (out)

Hour 14

  • O’Connell and Gavin continue stints.
  • Safety car is out putting #64 one lap behind.
  • #63 Corvette lead is 2:30 over #64.
  • 184 laps run by GT1 leader
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #66, #72 (out), #68 (out)

Hour 13

  • O’Connell in for Magnussen, Gavin remains in #64
  • #63 Corvette (Magnussen) gets sideswiped by LMP1 car, is okay.
  • 3rd in class is #73 Corvette C6.R driven by Julien Jousse
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #66, #72 (out), #68 (out)

Hour 12 – Halfway

  • Magnussen in for Garcia. Gavin in for Fassler
  • GT1 leader #63 Corvette over #64 by 1:31.368
  • 175 laps traveled at halfway point
  • 3rd in class is #73 Corvette C6.R driven by Yan Clairay
  • #66 Aston Martin DBR9 still running but 55 laps down.
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #66, #72, #68

Hour 11

  • #63 Corvette maintaining 1 lap lead over #64.
  • Fassler replaces Beretta in #64, Garcia remains in #63
  • Both Corvettes in Top 20. #63 is 18th, #64 is 20th.
  • Luc Alphand’s #73 Corvette C6.R 3 laps down in 3rd place.
  • #66 Aston Martin DBR9 still running but 55 laps down.
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #66, #72, #68

Hour 10

  • Garcia now behind the wheel of the #63 Corvette C6.R
  • #64 Corvette C6.R gaining on #63. Now down just 1:14
  • Luc Alphand’s #73 Corvette C6.R 3 laps down in 3rd place.
  • #66 Aston Martin DBR9 still running but 55 laps down.
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #66, #72, #68

Hour 9

  • O’Connell and Beretta continue stints.
  • #63 Corvette leading GT1 by 1:50
  • Luc Alphand’s #73 Corvette C6.R 3 laps down in 3rd place.
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #72, #66, #68

Hour 8

  • O’Connell replaces Magnussen and Beretta replaces Gavin.
  • #63 Corvette continues GT1 lead with 2:20 lead over #64.
  • #73 Corvette C6.R Now Solidly in third place.
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #72, #66, #68

Hour 7

  • Magnussen and Gavin continue stints.
  • #63 Corvette has GT1 lead, #64 Corvette 2:15 behind.
  • Magnusses sets fastest GT1 lap at 3:54.076
  • #63 Corvette C6.R up over #64 by 2:12, running 21st overall.
  • #72 Corvette C6.R goes into a wall. Waiting for details on condition.
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #72, #73, #66, #68

Hour 6

  • Gavin replaces Fassler and Magnussen is in for Garcia.
  • #63 Corvette C6.R up over #64 by 2:12, running 21st overall.
  • #73 Corvette C6.R is two laps off GT1 lead for 3rd in class.
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #72, #66, #68

Hour 5

  • Garcia and Fassler continue stints.
  • Safety car comes out right in front of #64.
  • #63 Corvette C6.R gets splash of fuel during caution.
  • #63 Corvette up 2 minutes over #64
  • GT1 class essentially split into 2 groups: #63/#64 and #73/#72
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #72, #66, #68

Hour 4

  • #63 leading GT1. #64 just 27 seconds behind
  • Garcia replaces O’Connell in #63 Corvette C6.R
  • Fassler replaces Beretta in #64 Corvette C6.R
  • #66 Aston Martin goes into garage for a few minutes
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #72, #66, #68

Hour 3

  • #63 alone on GT1 lead lap. Running 22nd overall.
  • Beretta still on 1st stint in #64
  • #66 Aston Martin back in but 28 laps off GT1 leader
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #73, #72, #66, #68

Hour 2

  • Driver Change – O’Connell replaces Magnussen in #63
  • #63 and #64 on lead GT1 lap, #72 and #73 1 lap down.
  • Lamborghini Out? Been in Pits for a while – 28 laps down
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #72, #73, #66, #68

Hour 1

  • It’s all about the Corvettes in GT1.
  • The Aston Martin DBR9 is 6 laps down and the Japanese Lamborghini is 11 laps down.
  • #64 C6.R ended up behind 2nd safety car after pit stop opening gap to #63 C6.R
  • Current Running Order: #63, #64, #72, #73, #66, #68



Source:
Corvette Motorsport
Photo Credit: Pierre BARRAU – ACO/Nikon

Related:
2009 Le Mans 24: Corvette Racing Qualifies One-Two in GT1 Class
Chevrolet’s Ed Peper: Corvette Racing Program to Continue Under GM Bankruptcy
Corvette Racing: The 24 Hours of Le Mans Entry List

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Corvette Racing Qualifies One-Two in GT1 Class
Photo Credit: Arnaud CORNILLEAU – ACO / Nikon

With a dry track and near perfect conditions, Jan Magnussen and the #63 Corvette C6.R won the pole in the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second straight year with a time of 3:54.230. Olivier Beretta was right on his tail and qualified the Black #64 Corvette C6.R with a time of 3:54.702 in what will be Corvette Racing’s final GT1 race.

Although the first session ran smoothly for both Corvettes, things did get a little dicey in the second session. Beretta spun the #64 C6.R in the second chicane on the Mulsanne Straight while Antonio Garcia dealt with a punctured tire on his Velocity Yellow #63 Corvette.

“So far so good!” said Magnussen. “The Corvette C6.R goes really well and responds well to changes. I set my qualifying time on soft tires with a couple of laps on them already, which shows how good the car is. In the second part of the qualifying session Antonio (Garcia) did a long run to see how the tires would behave over a distance. With the new rules on tire changes, we’ll have to double-stint them to avoid losing too much time in the pits. Tonight we learned how hard we can push them.”

“Winning the GT1 pole at Le Mans is fitting after 10 years of intense competition and a great way to begin the ending of Corvette’s reign in the GT1 category at Le Mans,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “Tonight’s performance certainly reflects the advances in technology that General Motors has developed through the Corvette Racing program.”

24 Hours of Le Mans LM GT1 Qualifying Times:

Pos./Car No./Drivers/Car/Time
1. (63) O’Connell/Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 3:54.230
2. (64) Gavin/Beretta/Fassler, Corvette C6.R, 3:54.702
3. (66) Lichtner-Hoyer/Gruber/Muller, Aston Martin DBR9, 3:56.126
4. (72) Alphand/Goueslard/Gregoire, Corvette C6.R, 3:57.170
5. (73) Jousse/Maassen/Clairay, Corvette C6.R, 3:57.564 6. (68) Apicella/Yogo/Yamagishi, Lamborghini Murcielago, 4:21.812

The 77th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, June 13 and finish at 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. EDT) on Sunday, June 14. SPEED will provide live television coverage in the U.S. from 8:30 a.m. to noon ET and 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and midnight to 10 a.m. ET Sunday. Flag-to-flag coverage of the race can be heard on SIRIUS channel 126, XM channel 243, and radiolemans.com.



Source:
Corvette Racing
Photo Credit: Arnaud CORNILLEAU – ACO / Nikon

Related:
Chevrolet’s Ed Peper: Corvette Racing Program to Continue Under GM Bankruptcy
Corvette Racing: The 24 Hours of Le Mans Entry List

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Corvette Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Photo Credit: Fr̩d̩ric GAUDIN РACO/Nikon

If you’re planning to follow flag to flag coverage of the Corvette Racing’s final GT1 assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, here is the essential media guide for the best content online and on TV. Thanks goes out to CorvetteMotorsport.com for putting this list together.

24 Hours Le Mans Media Schedule:

Radio Le Mans, Live timings, Corvette Chat, on-board camera, video AND news can ALL be accessed at Corvettemotorsport.com

Live pit notes:

Radio:

Bad Boy Vettes

Online Forums:

SPEED TV Live Streaming 24 hours Saturday/Sunday (starts 11:00 am CST)

SPEED will provide live television coverage in the U.S. from 8:30 a.m. to noon ET and 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and midnight to 10 a.m. ET Sunday.



Source:
Corvette Motorsport
Photo Credit: Fr̩d̩ric GAUDIN РACO/Nikon

Related:
2009 Le Mans 24: Corvette Racing Qualifies One-Two in GT1 Class
Chevrolet’s Ed Peper: Corvette Racing Program to Continue Under GM Bankruptcy
Corvette Racing: The 24 Hours of Le Mans Entry List

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Corvette Racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2009

Corvette Racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans


Source:
Endurance-Info.com