Corvette Racing celebrated a successful day Sunday after completing their first mandatory test laps at the Circuit de la Sarthe prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this month. To the team’s delight, both C7.Rs were trouble free during each of the four hour sessions and were within two seconds of the other top cars in their class.
The fastest time of the day for the team was set by four-time Le Mans winner Oliver Gavin in the No. 73 Corvette C7.R with a time of 3:58.403, the fourth quickest lap in the GTE class. Gavin will drive the No. 74 car at Le Mans with Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook. Fastest in the No. 73 car was Jan Magnussen with a time of 3:59.192. He will be paired with Antonio Garcia and last weekend’s TUDOR United Sportscar Championship race winner, Jordan Taylor.
“The Corvette C7.R is a major step forward compared to last year’s car. So far we’ve worked on our usual, annual to-do-list for Le Mans, and everything is going to plan,” said Garcia. “With the new car we of course have a lot more work to do than with the previous car, which was always a known package. But so far everything we tried at Road America seems to be working here and we’re definitely going in the right direction.”
Corvette Racing recorded a significant number of laps around the 8.3-mile endurance circuit, with the No. 73 car tied for the most laps of the day at 45 and the No. 74 close behind with 44.
With seven class victories at the historic race since 2001, Corvette Racing is one of the most successful teams to compete at Le Mans in modern times. They will be looking for their eighth class win when the green flag drops at Le Mans on Saturday, June 14.