In his latest (and last) column for Motorsport.com, Corvette Racing river Jan Magnussen gives us a little insight into what the team has been up to in the off-season, how he feels about Ford and its new GT racecar entering the Weather Tech United Sportscar Championship, and his feelings about Le Mans 2016.
Magnussen says the team has already driven their second-generation Corvette C7.R in early tests and even though it’s much different than last year’s car, the drivers were “pretty happy,” with it. He also said that with the GTLM cars adopting higher downforce packages and the GTD cars becoming GT3 spec, it’s possible the two classes may be closer in 2016.
“They’ll be fast down the straights and we’ll be fast in the corners,” Magnussen writes. “I don’t know how much of a difference it’s going to make.”
In regards to the Balance of Performance (BoP) adjustments that were made in other team’s favor towards the end of the 2015 racing season, Magnussen says he “doesn’t think they were very fair.” But that’s in the past, and the team is now looking forward to 2016 where there will be added competition thanks to the arrival of Ford and their new GT racecar.
“It will be interesting to see where the Ford is and how it stacks up,” Magnussen writes. “Everybody at the moment thinks they are going to come in and be strong and, I have to admit, that car does look a bit special.”
Finally, Magnussen says he’s extra eager to get back to Le Mans in 2014 after a freak accident in practice ended he and Antonio Garcia’s hopes at winning the 24 hour endurance race this year. He added it was “great” the No. 4 C7.R took the win, but it was a “bittersweet” experience to watch it from the sidelines.