After 24 hours of a record amount of caution flags, bi-polar weather, and a fiercely competitive grid, Corvette Racing just missed the podium — letting slip their 8th GTE-class win in 13 years. 22-year-old Jordan Taylor piloted the No. 73 Corvette C6.R to the finish, placing fourth, while Oliver Gavin powered the No. 74 car to a seventh place finish.
Taylor, along with teammates Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen qualified only ninth, while Gavin, Richard Westrbook and Tommy Milner qualified eighth. The team made up a lot of ground in the morning, and persevered the entire race without any major incidents, but the field — which also went on without many issues — was simply too fast this year. Porsche AG Team Manthey took the top two spots in the GTE Pro class this year, Aston Martin Racing took third, and Corvette Racing was split by the pair of Ferraris, placing ahead of Team SRT and the pair of Vipers.
Audi Sport Team Joest won the race overall with the No. 02 R18 e-Tron Quattro LMP1 car, while Toyota Racing spoiled the German podium sweep with a second-place finish with the No. 08 TS030 Hybrid, with Audi again coming in third with the No. 03 R18 e-Tron Quattro. Another noteworthy circumstance is television actor and ALMS racer Patrick Depmsey (Grey’s Anatomy, AKA “Dr. McSteamy”), whose team finished fourth in the GTE Am category driving the No. 77 Porsche 997 GT3-RSR.
Regardless of how the race went, this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will be remembered as the one where Aston Martin Racing GTE Am driver Allan Simonsen lost his life after a fatal crash in the opening minutes of the race.
It is expected that this will be the last Le Mans for the C6.R, with the inevitable Corvette C7.R on the horizon. That may even things out in favor of the Corvette Racing team.