Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing Program Manager, was pleased with the level of competitiveness in the GTE-Pro class at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, crediting the FIA and ACO’s Balance of Performance changes with keeping the playing field relatively level.
Each of the five manufacturers that sent cars out to race in GTE Pro had one of their cars finish in the top five.
“I think it’s a testament to the hard work that the sanctioning bodies put in for Balance of Performance,” the Corvette Racing chief told Sportscar365. “I don’t think anybody can complain about what they saw over the last 24 hours as far as that’s concerned. [For us], great team, great race car, some good fortune, just not enough. ”
The No. 63 Corvette C7.R, driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Jordan Taylor, was on track to finish first in its class with less than two laps left to go, but a tire issue dropped the car back to third place, with Aston Martin and Ford both passing on the final lap to claim the top two spots on the podium. But Fehan blames fortune for the somewhat disappointing result, and not unbalance between cars.
On that point, Sportscar365 points out that all five GTE-Pro race cars were within six tenths of a second on their fastest race laps, where last year, there was a spread of nearly two seconds.
Mr. Fehan is satisfied with the result, telling Sportscar365 that the FIA and ACO “worked very, very, very hard to try and come up with a plan that will provide what we saw [at Le Mans], and they deserve some serious credit for what they’ve accomplished.”