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The #3 and #4 Corvette C6.Rs Battle for the win at Mid Ohio

Just because there are no other teams competing in the ALMS GT1 class doesn’t mean there’s no competition for Corvette Racing. Taking a line from an old joke, I was watching a fight over the weekend when a race broke out. The GT1 class is all about the win, and according to Jan Magnussen “If you aren’t first, your last”. Magnussen and co-driver Johnny O’Connell extended their win steak to four in a row and fifth for the season by taking the checkered flag at Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Acura Sports Car Challenge. But the win wasn’t easy as our video recap shows.

It was at the two hour mark that the race for the flag really began. During a yellow caution period, both the #3 and #4 C6.R Corvettes entered pit row together for fuel, tires and a drivers change. With O’Connell in the #3 Corvette and Beretta in the #4 car, both Corvettes dropped and left their stalls simultaneously and a bit of fender rubbing occurred as the Corvettes went door to door, blowing through a red flag at the pit exit lane with Beretta finally getting out in front. The shenanigans on pit road were not appreciated by the officiating crew and both cars were sent to the penalty box for 2 minutes and thirty seconds.

“We are a very competitive group,” said O’Connell after tallying his 33rd career ALMS victory. “Both cars left at the same time and it was like the Hatfields and McCoys for a moment with two guys arguing for the same area of road. It was just two great race cars today running in very difficult conditions.”

After leaving the Penalty area, O’Connell was able to pass Beretta but both Corvettes were again summoned to the penalty box where they sat for five minutes for what officials called “taking unjustifiable risks”.

“A prototype drew down inside of him and he went wide,” O’Connell recalled. “I was on the proper line and my momentum carried me by. He was just gathering it up, but there was a gaggle of prototypes doing battle and it was chaotic.”

O’Connell maintained the lead and finished first in class. The win gives Magnussen and O’Connell 126 points for the Championship cup while Gavin and Beretta are 16 points back with 110.

“Who says you need more than two cars in a class to have exciting racing?” asked Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “I think what we saw today are two cars that are separated by thousandths of a second on the race track and separated by thousandths of a second in pit lane. Each of them is trying to win. I think it was exciting for the fans, and it was certainly exciting for us in the pits. It’s hard to deny the intramural rivalry that exists, and we saw two guys racing hard and getting caught up in the heat of the moment. We’ll all learn a lesson from today’s race.”

Corvette Racing will head to Road America for the Generac 500 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 9th at 4pm CDT. SPEED will televise the race tape-delayed on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. EDT.


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CorvetteRacing.com
SPEED

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The #3 Corvette C6.R at Lime Rock

The #3 Corvette C6.R is on a roll this season with Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen picking up their fourth ALMS win Saturday at the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock. The 1.51 road course at Lime Rock proved again to be a beast with heavy traffic and several caution periods. The duo was a lap down with 25 minutes to go when a gearbox issue forced Olivier Beretta to pit the #4 C6.R, sealing the victory for the #3 Corvette.

The race between sister cars and crew was highlighted when O’Connell emerged from the pits late in the race after a splash and go fuel stop. The two velocity yellow Corvettes were door to door with O’Connell holding the inside line to the next corner. Beretta couldn’t keep the speed up on the outside and was forced to tap the brakes and fall behind the #3 C6.R.

“It was looking dark for a while, but No. 3 Corvette C6.R was a great race car today,” Magnussen said. “I was unlucky with traffic in my stint, and then just after Johnny got into the car, the race leader was between the two Corvettes when the yellow flag came out. We lost nearly a full lap on the wave-by. It looked grim, but then we got back on the lead lap when the other car had to stop. Then they had a small problem and stopped again. We needed just a few gallons of ethanol to make it to the finish, and Johnny just pipped Olivier coming out of the pit lane. That was very exciting!”

“There are so many races we could have won but for bad luck,” said O’Connell. “I don’t know if we should have won this one, but I’m going to take it!”

“When I came out of the pits after the last stop, I saw Olivier coming,” O’Connell continued. “I held the inside line, and the only way he was going to take me was on the outside – and that would have been impossible.”

O’Connell earned his 32nd career ALMS victory and it was his first win at Lime Rock. O’Connell and Magnussen now hold a 12 point lead (106-94) over teammates Gavin and Beretta with six races remaining.

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday, July 19. NBC will televise the race tape-delayed on Sunday, July 20, at 12 p.m. EDT.


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CorvetteRacing.com
SPEED

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Corvette Racing: Gavin Scores Pole at Lime Rock

by Keith Cornett on July 11, 2008

The #4 Corvette C6.R

Fresh off their dual podium finish at Le Mans, Corvette Racing heads to Connecticut for the 1.51 mile slugfest known as Lime Rock. Oliver Gavin in the #4 Corvette took the pole with a lap of 54.792 (102.288 mph) finishing 0.247 seconds faster than Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette. The Bell Motorsports Aston Martin was also to return to competition but did not qualify after a crash in today’s second practice session.

The year’s visit to Lime Rock brings a bit of the unknown as the track was reconfigured and freshly paved. The distance is relatively the same but the corners have increased from 8 to 10.

“The biggest challenge is that we have very limited data on the new Lime Rock track layout,” said Ken Flory, chief engineer for the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. “While we have maps of the new sections, they don’t show the elevations, banking, and specific details of the track. With new paving on the entire track, the grip level is a mystery as well.”

“We plan to use maximum instrumentation on the cars to gather as much information as we can in the first practice session,” Flory revealed. “We’ll pay close attention to tire temperatures and suspension ride heights initially. The team typically begins the race weekend with similar setups on both Corvette C6.Rs, and then we take different directions to evaluate various options. Then for the race, the setups tend to converge and we end up with similar combinations on the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvettes.”

Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussem lead the GT1 Championship by eights points but Lime Rock has been good to Gavin Beretta, who have won here 3 times in four starts since 2004.

“Usually we have come off a good result at Le Mans,” said Gavin, who was third in class with Beretta and Max Papis this year. “But we are all ready to put that behind us. We just had some rough luck and a rough run for the first half of the season. Putting that behind us, this is the best way to start.”

The ALMS Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock is Saturday, September 12th at 2:05 pm EST. SPEED will air the race tape-delayed on Sunday, June 13 from Noon to 3 pm EST.


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WhoWon.com
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#63 Corvette Makes Contact with LMP2 Lola Judd

Once the rain started falling, cars began making a beeline for the pits to change to their rain tires. Unfortunately for Johnny O’Connell, his #63 Corvette C6.R still had racing slicks on when he came up on the #33 LMP2 Lola Judd practically stopped on the entrance of pit row.


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SpeedTV

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#63 Corvette Makes a Pit Stop

The telemetry in the #63 Corvette C6.R was showing the right front brakes running hotter than normal so the decision was made to pit the Corvette, do a visual check and if needed, change out the pads and rotor. Watch the crew go to work and in particular keep your eye on Crew Chief Dan Binks as he whips off his helmet and dives right into the wheel-well to get the job done. Total time for the brake change is just one minute 24 seconds.


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SpeedTV

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LeMans 2008: Corvette Racing Finishes Second and Third

by Keith Cornett on June 15, 2008

#63 Corvette C6.R at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

For the second consecutive year, Corvette Racing has finished second in the LMGT1 class. Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Ron Fellows ran 344 laps in their Velocity Yellow Corvette C6.R and was on the lead lap but finished 4:23.843 behind last year’s winning #009 Aston Martin DBR9. The #64 Corvette C6.R piloted by Gavin, Beretta and Papis overcame a multitude of issues and fought their way back to a third place finish completing 341 laps.

Corvette Racing was running 30-40 seconds behind the #009 Aston Martin for much of the second half of the race. The tuning point came in Hour 17 when the #63 Corvette pitted and the decision was made to replace the right front rotor assembly and brake pads. The procedure took only a minute 24 seconds but the team went a lap down in the process.

“Once again, we saw one of the epic battles in all of sports car racing,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “When you can take two cars, run them for 24 hours, and have them finish just minutes apart, it’s an incredible achievement for both teams. We had a brake issue with the No. 63 Corvette and overcame a problem with the alternator in the No. 64 Corvette, and both cars finished on the podium. When we look at Corvette Racing’s overall record and performance here at Le Mans, Chevrolet can be proud.”

The #64 Corvette C6.R also overcame much adversity and was able to fight its way back to the third position on the podium. Early in the race the Corvette had an issue with its alternator which required it to be replaced. That repair was done in just six minutes. The team also had an incident in the pits where the Corvette’s hydraulic jack came down in the middle of a tire change, dumping the Corvette on the ground without a rear left tire.

Corvette Racing strategy involved 14-lap fuel stints, one more lap than the Astons were capable of, but the rain and safety cars negated much of those opportunities. In the end, the #009 Aston Martin was able to run a nearly trouble-free race to earn their win. We congratulate them, knowing that Corvette Racing will return next year refocused and hungry for the win that has now alluded the team two years running.

Quotes from Corvette Racing’s Drivers:

Olivier Beretta, No. 64 Corvette C6.R: “I’m already thinking about 2009 Le Mans. Everyone at Corvette Racing did a fantastic job preparing the cars. We just had bad luck on the No. 64 Corvette with the alternator and the safety car, and that was two laps gone. When it was raining, I pushed hard, I felt comfortable, and did four or five stints. At Le Mans, the last thing to do is to give up, so I just pushed and hoped that we would have better luck. It’s a disappointment to finish second or third, so there is only one place to be — in first. We did that three years in a row with Corvette, I did it five times in my career, and I hope that the sixth one will come next year with Corvette Racing.”

Ron Fellows, No. 63 Corvette C6.R: “I felt that we had the opportunity to win this one. We were well prepared and both teams put up a hell of a fight — and we were second best today.”

Oliver Gavin, No. 64 Corvette C6.R: “This is a race that just sort of got away. I think we were fast enough and any one of the four cars from the Corvette and Aston Martin factory teams could have won today. It just came down to the one that had the cleaner race. We had bad luck with the alternator and then the floor issue. Maybe we were lacking some pace in the night, and got some unlucky breaks with the safety cars. It all adds up to the three laps that we were behind. That’s Le Mans for you. We’ll be back to fight them next year.”

Jan Magnussen, No. 63 Corvette C6.R: “Standing on the podium at Le Mans is special, but second is not exactly the spot we wanted. We hoped to improve on last year, and we had a nearly flawless race — but unfortunately, so did Aston Martin. In the night they had a little more speed than us, and it was tough to get back that gap. All of the guys worked so hard for this, they deserve a win. We’ll just have to work even harder and get a victory next year.”

Max Papis, No. 64 Corvette C6.R: “You need a perfect race to win Le Mans against Aston Martin, and my hat’s off to them. Sometimes you win or lose over a small detail, and that’s what happened to us. We tried every Michelin tire, from rain to dry to intermediates. I felt that everyone did everything they could. It’s great to be able to count on your teammates, to know that everyone who gets in the car will contribute. We came up a little short, but a podium finish at Le Mans is always something special.


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Photo Credit: Arnaud Cornilleau – ACO/Nikon

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Le Mans 2008: Corvette Racing Hour 12 Report

by Keith Cornett on June 14, 2008

Corvette Running Second to Aston Martin at Le Mans

The Aston Martin DBR9 vs Corvette C6.R battle is in full force at the midway point of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The #009 Aston Martin is currently leading the class with Jan Magnussen and the #63 Corvette just 41 seconds behind. The #007 Aston Martin is third and then the #64 Corvette C6.R is a lap down at 4th in class.

Around six hours into the race the #64 Corvette had an electrical problem and the alternator needed to be replaced. The new alternator was installed in just six minutes but when the Corvette rejoined the race it was a lap down.

Olivier Beretta, No. 64 Corvette C6.R: “We ran for a long time behind the safety car and the exhaust from the car in front of me was giving me a headache. The car is OK, everything is fine.”

Ron Fellows, No. 63 Corvette C6.R: “It was very slick out there. I was struggling and I don’t quite know why. The soft tires didn’t quite work for some reason. Jan took over on soft stickers. Traffic was not too bad but I got stuck for a while behind the No. 59 Aston and the Saleen which were fighting each other. There’s still a long distance to go, and anything can happen, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Oliver Gavin, No. 64 Corvette C6.R: “It’s been a bit crazy. There have been moments when the traffic is so bad you’re just dawdling around the track for several corners. The car is still running quickly, but then you can lose five seconds in traffic. If you get a clear run you can do 3.50s and 3.51s, and 3.49 if you’re really lucky. I think that will be the pace for the rest of the night.”

Jan Magnussen, No. 63 Corvette C6.R: “That wasn?t too bad, just cruising around and staying out of trouble. Which isn’t easy, as there are a lot of guys out there who clearly haven’t driven a lot in the dark before. The balance of the car is okay, it’s just moving around a bit. When the sun comes out again we’ll be stronger than the Astons, I’m sure.”

Johnny O’Connell, No. 63 Corvette C6.R: “The car is a bit nicer than it was before. The toughest thing is getting a clear lap in. We’ve got a good car, and the fuel consumption is very good. We’re doing 14 laps a stint, so each time we’re gaining some time back on the Astons.”

Max Papis, No. 64 Corvette C6.R: “We’ve been pushing very hard since we had the alternator problem and it doesn’t seem like we can make up much ground. We’re very consistent, but not as fast as I was expecting us to be. It’s still a long way and everyone is pulling the best out of themselves.”


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Photo Credit: Christian Vignon – ACO/Nikon

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#64 Corvette C6.R at Le Mans

Corvette Racing has the LMGT1 Pole for the 76th running of the 24 Hours of LeMans and C6.Rs are looking as strong as ever for the most famous endurance race in the world. CorvetteBlogger.com will be offering fanatical coverage and we’re sharing some of our Le Mans viewing tips. SPEEDTV is providing a ton of coverage, but where will you go once the network switches from Le Mans to NASCAR on Saturday afternoon? After the jump you will find the programming schedule for SPEED as well as other links to help you follow Corvette Racing in their quest for their 6th Class win.

SPEEDTV:

The SPEEDTV network is providing 15 hours of televised race coverage this weekend beginning at 7:30am Saturday morning with tape from the LeMans test day on June 1st. Here is the entire SPEEDTV Le Mans schedule:

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Le Mans Test Day
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Le Mans Qualifying
8:30 AM – 12 Noon: Le Mans Race Coverage
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Le Mans Test Day (Repeat)
8:30 AM – 9:00 PM: Le Mans Qualifying (Repeat)
9:00 PM – 9:30 AM: Le Mans Race Coverage

Online Coverage:

We watched most of the qualifying rounds live on the French Eurosport.fr website. The site appears to be carrying the same feed that SPEEDTV will have access to and streaming quality was very good. The only downside is that the audio commentary is also in French so we turned down the sound and listened to RadioLeMans which broadcasts in English.

For up to the second clock information including positions, laps and speed, go to the official LeMans.org website and click the “Chronos” link.

For behind the scenes action, check out our friends at BadBoyVettes.com who have boots on the ground and in pit lane.

Several forums are also hosting conversations about the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Check out Corvette Forum and Digital Corvettes.

Finally, CorvetteBlogger.com will be adding updates and videos as the race progresses and we’ll have full coverage of Corvette Racing’s attempt to take back the podium’s top spot at Le Sarthe.


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Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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#63 Corvette C6.R at Le Mans

For the first time ever at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the factory-backed Corvette Racing team will be starting on the Pole. Both C6.Rs were faster in today’s qualifying rounds than yesterdays but it was Jan Magnussen in the #63 Corvette C6.R that won the GT1 class Pole with a fastest lap time of 3:47.668. After running 1st and 2nd most of the day, the Saleen S7R was able to break the 3:50 mark with a lap of 3:47.761. Oliver Gavin and the #64 Corvette will start 3rd on the grid with a time of 3:48.539.

We pulled this video from the French site Eurosport.fr and thought we’d dump the French commentary for something a bit more appropriate.

Here are the unofficial qualifying results for the 76th 24 Hours of Le Mans:

LMGT1 Starting Grid
Car # Team Car Driver Time
63 Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R Magnussen, J. 3:47.668
50 Labre Competition Saleen S7R Smet, D. 3:47.761
64 Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R Gavin, M. 3:48.539
009 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 Turner, D. 3:48.994
007 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 Piccini, A. 3:49.060
55 IPB Spartak Racing Lamborghini Murcielago Hezemans, M. 3:52.175
72 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R Moreau, G. 3:52.993
59 Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 Borcheller, T. 3:53.031
53 Vitaphone Racing Team Aston Martin DBR9 Leventis, N. 3:53.475
73 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R Goueslard, P. 3:55.736

Corvette Racing is out to avenge last year’s loss to Aston Martin. Watch the team take to the track again as the 24 Hours of LeMans gets underway at 3pm local time (9am EST) on Saturday, June 14th. SPEED TV will be carrying much of the race live.


Source
LeMans.org
Photo Credit: LeMans.org Michel Jamin – ACO/Nikon

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LeMans 2008: Corvette Racing’s Team Photos

by Keith Cornett on June 11, 2008

Corvette Racing's 2008 LeMans Team Photos

On Tuesday the Corvette Racing team went through the Scrutineering process which culminates in the taking of team photos. I am assuming that Scrutineering is like a NASCAR technical inspection but I do know the process allows fans to get up close and personal with their favorite LeMans teams. If you have any insight to the process, please leave a comment. Activities at LeMans go into high gear today with the start of two days of official practice rounds and qualifying. As we wait for Team Corvette to take to the track, enjoy the team photos taken earlier this week.

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LeMans.org
Photo Credit: LeMans.org Philippe Chemin – ACO/Nikon

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