I think one of the hallmarks of a great racing team is having the ability to learn something new or to take an approach that was different that the ways you’ve done it before.
Take Corvette Racing for example.
You don’t win the 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times in sixteen years and not come away with learning a lesson or two from every trip.
Last year the team learned what may have been the cruelest lesson so far since Corvette Racing first started racing in 1999 after the No.63 Corvette C7.R was badly damaged during a qualifying session and would have to sit out the race. Although the No.64 Corvette C7.R won the 24 hour French classic in 2015, it could have easily gone the other way.
So as Corvette Racing is making their preparations for the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, word has come from DailySportsCar.com that the team will be taking three C7.Rs to France – the two primary Corvettes and a spare C7.R chassis that will hopefully not be needed.
This means that a total of five Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs are going to France, with four of them slated for the race.
Corvette Racing will have two C7.Rs (plus the spare) for LMGTE-PRO while Larbre Competition and Team AAI will each be running a 2015-spec C7.R in LMGTE-AM.
Here is a replay of last year’s qualifying crash with Jan Magnussen and the No.63 Corvette C7.R at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The cause of the crash was determined to be track debris that got stuck in the throttle linkage:
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