CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Consistent Corvettes Complete Testing Program
Gavin sets team’s pace in No. 64 Corvette C7.R w/ No. 63 entry not far off
LE MANS, France (June 3, 2018) – Corvette Racing ran through its
scheduled testing items Sunday during eight hours of track time ahead of
the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the team looks toward what it hopes is a
ninth class victory in the annual French endurance race. At the end of
testing, just 0.038 seconds separated both the bright yellow Chevrolet
Corvette C7.Rs around the 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe.
Gavin was the quickest Corvette Racing driver during the annual Le Mans
Test Day in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with a
lap of 3:54.179 (130.177 mph) lap. Driving with Tommy Milner and Marcel
Fässler, Gavin set his best lap in the final hour of the test, which was
run in dry conditions, although weather did threaten throughout the
final four hours.
The lap was good enough for 10th place in the
17-car field of GTE Pro entries, which features cars from five
manufacturers. It came after an extended stop to repair a suspension
component on the No. 64 Corvette while Milner was at the wheel. The team
pulled both Corvettes into the garage to inspect and make the necessary
fixes to get both cars back out on circuit inside the final hour.
Antonio Garcia was the fastest driver with a 3:54.217 (130.115 mph) in
the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that he shared with
Jan Magnussen. Mike Rockenfeller, who missed the Test Day due to a prior
racing commitment, will join the duo for race-week activities. Garcia’s
time slotted him just behind Gavin in 11th place.
victories in 18 previous Le Mans starts, Corvette Racing has long been
GT racing’s prominent program in endurance racing. That is backed up by
eight additional runner-up finishes in the event. All totaled, Corvette
Racing has 107 victories around the world and swept the last two
Manufacturer, Driver and Team championships in the GT Le Mans (GTLM)
category of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. Gavin and Milner won
earlier this year at Long Beach for the team’s first victory of 2018.
Each of the six Corvette Racing drivers own exemplary records at Le Mans:
Antonio Garcia: Three victories in 12 appearances – 2008, 2009 and 2011; runner-up in 2014; third place in 2017
Jan Magnussen: Three victories in 19 appearances – 2004-06; runner-up in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2014; third place in 2017
Mike Rockenfeller: Two victories in eight appearances – 2005 and 2010; third place in 2012
Oliver Gavin: Five victories in 17 appearances – 2002, 2004-06, 2015; runner-up in 2003; third place in 2001 and 2008
Tommy Milner: Two victories in nine appearances – 2011 and 2015
Marcel Fässler: Three victories in 12 appearances – 2011-12 and 2014
Corvette Racing returns to the Le Mans circuit for opening practice at 4
p.m. CET/10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 13. The 24 Hours of Le Mans will
air live on the Velocity Channel and MotorTrend On-Demand with coverage
of all on-track sessions available on RadioLeMans.com.
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "It
was a good day… very useful. We managed to get quite a bit done. The
biggest thing is trying to catch up with the European-spec Michelin
tires, which are quite a bit different from those we run in the U.S. We
just ran our program and got all the data we needed, so now we look to
finding a better package for next week."
JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 63
MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "We got a lot of the things
done that were on our list, working on the car's balance. It was
difficult to find a clear lap, but I'm very happy with where we are now.
A lot of work has been centered around the European Michelins and
figuring them out, but all in all it's been a very good test."
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "This
morning the track was very dirty as it always is in this test, but the
car was okay straight away. We worked through a number of changes while
the track slowly improved, as did our lap times. We're mid-field in
terms of pace but we stuck to our plan. We had a suspension problem
which cost a chunk of time this afternoon, which means I didn't drive at
all after lunch, bar four laps near the end of the day. It's a little
frustrating of course that I haven't been able to do as many laps as I
would have wanted to, but the most important thing is that all three of
us set similar lap times and have the same feedback for the engineers.
Now we have to debrief and prepare for race week."
NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "It's always great to
be back at Le Mans; there's just no place like it in the world. It's
always fun to go down the Mulsanne Straight again for the first time!
It's been a good test for us. We had one problem with a part failure,
but we didn't do any substantial damage to the car. We're always looking
for ways to make the car go faster, so maybe we stepped outside the
boundary a bit. The guys will look at it and find out what happened."
MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "It
was quite a good day as we went through some test points which were
important to us. It was not our target to go for the ultimate lap time;
instead we concentrated on sorting out things which will be important
for our race pace. Overall I think it was a good day."
FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER: "The brightest spot is we dodged
inclement weather. The team worked diligently to go through a myriad of
set-up options as well as get to grips with the new Michelin compounds.
Everybody is pleased with the progress we've made. We'll spend the next
week digesting that information and developing a new plan of attack for
the week after. Judging by the times we saw today, it looks like it's
going to be a very close competition."