When the checkered flag fell at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing was scored as finishing fifth in the ultra-competitive GTE-Pro class. However, after review, the FIA/ACO has ruled that the fourth place No.67 Ford GT failed to meet the minimum drive time for one of their drivers, and that officially moves the No.63 C7.R to fourth place in GTE-Pro and 20th overall.
The No.67 Ford GT was penalized 11-laps plus 1:23.499 after driver Tony Kanaan completed only 5 hours and 16 minutes of the six-hour minimum drive time. That’s the amount of Kanaan’s missing time (44 minutes) behind the wheel as converted to laps.
The No.64 Corvette C7.R suffered cooling issues that were unrelated to earlier suspension issues and retired after 18 hours:
It’s with great disappointment that the No. 64 Corvette C7.R has been retired due to an engine overheating condition. Over 19 years of competing at Le Mans, we have experienced both the highs and lows of this demanding race. All of our focus now turns to the No. 63 Corvette.— Corvette Racing (@CorvetteRacing) June 17, 2018
Sportscar365.com said that the No. 64 Corvette C7.R suspension issue early in the race was unrelated to the problems both cars faced at the Le Mans Test Day.
The revised 24 Hours of Le Mans standings can be downloaded here.
Another wrinkle also came after the race when several GTE-Pro cars were impounded to undergo 3D scanning. The scan is part of the FIA’s enhanced homologation process. Sportscar365.com says that several of the cars were from IMSA teams, which may cause issues with air-freighting the cars back to the USA in time for the Six Hours of the Glen on July 1st. We are checking to see if Corvette Racing was one of those teams to undergo the scans.
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