Sunday, June 14, 2015

Corvette Dominates GTE Pro Class at 24 Hours of Le Mans

With a light rain falling, the Corvette Garage filled with anticipation, American flags waving from the stands, and Corvette fans around the world tweeting with joy, the #64 Corvette C7R crossed the finish line in Le Mans, France five laps (42 miles!) ahead of the nearest competitor.  Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, and Jordan Taylor drove a perfect race to win the most famous endurance race in all of automotive competition.

It was a joyous end to a week that was, at times, tense and scary.  Jan Magnussen suffered a mechanical failure in  testing which led to an accident.  Thankfully he was not seriously injured.  The #63 car could not be immediately repaired and it was withdrawn from the race.  It was the first time in history of Corvette at Le Mans that a car had been withdrawn.  A single American car was left to compete against teams of cars from Ferrari, Porsche, and Aston Martin.  The Corvette covered 2,854 miles during the race -- the equivalent of a drive across America in 24 hours. 

2015 is the 16th consecutive season that Corvette Racing has competed on the world stage.  Corvette has won the race eight times in this era,more than any competitor.  Last year the C7R Corvettes finished 2nd and 4th.

(The guys in red on either side of the Corvette Drivers are Ferrari guys --they finished 2nd and 3rd)

So far in the 2015 season, Corvette has won every endurance race -- 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and now 24 Hours of Le Mans.

BMW and Viper did not compete in the GTE Pro class at LeMans this year.

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