Everything’s so far so good in regards to Corvette Racing at Le Mans, with the team running 121 trouble-free laps during Le Mans Test Day at La Sarthe Sunday. The team was also second fastest in the rainy practice session, just 0.093 seconds behind Aston Martin Racing in their Vantage GT3.
The test day consisted of two separate four-hour sessions, giving teams a total of eight hours to practice before the official race practice takes place on June 11. Teams were slightly hindered by the rain, however, with many frustrated they couldn’t test in dry conditions for longer. Corvette Racing said there was “just enough” time for them to put fast dry laps in before they were forced to switch to rain tires. The downpour was inconsistent, forcing engineers to alter the setup and tire choices as the test wore on.
“The car felt reasonably balanced which was positive after the test we did at the National Corvette Museum, as it means we managed to translate our findings from there to here,” said Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin, who set Corvette Racing’s fastest time of the day. “We’re also quite pleased with the way the car handled in the wet, so all in all we’re feeling pretty positive.”
This year Gavin will share the No. 64 C7.R entry with Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor. The lineup is a small change from last year when Taylor was paired with Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia. For 2015, Garcia and Magnussen will share their No. 63 entry with former IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe. The trio of Briscoe, Magnussen and Garcia have already won both the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring this year, giving them the chance to make history if they can pull out a win at Le Mans next month.
The 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will go green at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. FOX Sports will carry the race if you wish to follow Corvette Racing’s progress, and if you don’t have cable, the race will also air on radiolemans.com.