Corvette Racing has qualified 7th and 9th in GTLM for the 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The No. 3 C7.R of Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and part-time Corvette Racing endurance driver Mike Rockenfeller was the fastest of the team’s two cars with a lap of 1:44.359. The No. 4 sister car of Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and endurance driver Marcel Fassler had a fastest lap of 1:44.685. Magnussen and Gavin were the fastest drivers in the No. 3 and No. 4 cars, respectively.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing enjoyed a successful qualifying session, locking out the front row with a 1-2-3 result. The No. 66 GT of Sebastien Bourdais and Joey hand was quickest GT, with Hand posting a lap of 1:43.473. Westbrook was second quick in the No. 67 GT with a lap of 1’43.704, while Olivier Pla rounded out the top 3 for the Blue Oval with a 1’43.987. The No. 69 GT qualified sixth in GTLM.
Toni Vilander put the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTB in fourth with a lap of 1:44.121 – setting Sunday up for a repeat of Le Mans last year that saw a battle between the Ford and the Risi Ferrari. That’s if Corvette Racing doesn’t try and stand in the way, of course, and we’re betting it will after its impressive 1-2 result in 2016.
You can watch Corvette Racing, Ferrari, Ford, Porsche and the rest of the GTLM, GTD and Prototyupe grids battle it out at Daytona when the race goes green on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.