Corvette Racing Ninth, Tenth Fastest In Le Mans Practice 13
Corvette Racing was ninth and tenth fastest in the GTE Pro class during today’s Free Practice session ahead of this weekend’s 84th 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The No. 64 Corvette C7.R was the quicker of the two Corvette Racing entries, with Oliver Gavin lapping Circuit de la Sarthe in 3:56.131. Antonio Garcia was quickest in the No. 63 car, turning in a lap of 3:56.490.
James Calado led the GTE Pro class with a time of 3:53.833 in his No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE. The No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE of Matteo Malucelli was second fastest with a lap of 3:54.180, while Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team USA’s Dirk Mueller completed the top three with a lap of 3:54.893 in the No. 68 Ford GT.
The session was marred with rain, which covered some parts of the 2.655-mile track but not others, making testing hard. The session was red flagged and brought to an early end after
the No. 6 Toyota TS050 LMP1 of Stephane Sarrazin crashed at Indianapolis corner. The No. 28 Pegasus Morgan LMP2 of Ines Taittinger also crashed at the Porsche Curves soon after.
Approx. 90 minutes left in the session. The mix of dry and wet track is making it difficult to make progress. Rain at Tertre Rouge
— Corvette Racing (@CorvetteRacing) June 15, 2016
Click here for full results from FP1. The first Le Mans qualifying session be held tonight, with each driver expected to turn in at least five night laps in two hours. At the same time, teams must set a competitive time around Circuit de la Sarthe in case tomorrow’s official qualifying session is rained out.
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Le mans is a load of shit this year, ford has gotten weight reductions and increased fuel capacity. meanwhile they gave corvette a larger air restrictor. They’re doing whatever they can to get Ford in the winners circle. guess that’s cool if you limit your competition to the point where its not an actual race. The Rule changes are a disgrace to the sport.
I would not worry too much as it is not so much speed as it is being there at the end. Ford has not gone 24 HR with out issues yet.
You had better worry more about Ferrari as they are the hot ticket here. Corvette is more concerned about them.
Also I think there is a little sand in the shoes of Corvette right now too. They are not stupid you know.
The sanctioning body is just working to keep things close for all the cars as if one dominates the series will fail like Can Am and Trans Am has several times. MFG quit and fans stop watching.
It was just a few years ago Corvette dominated American Le Mans so much they were the only two cars in class and GM almost pulled out since no one would race them.
Drop the drama as racing is a business and they are just looking out to keep the most people watching and participating.
I already have my new Pratt and Miller Le mans hat and will be watching the race intently. Jake is not out of this by any means.
As of today, I concur wholeheartedly. The Ford’s WERE sandbagging to get 4 of the 5 top positions and have now, finally been hit with a BOP penalty but will it be enough even though they gave the Vette’s a .2mm larger restrictor. OOOO a whole .2mm…….I still raise the BS flag. Le Farce is no longer Le Mans. It makes me sick as they still won’t adjust the pole positions. I’ll watch it to see if the C7’s can be competitive but if their not, I’ll turn it off as I’ll not promote/support ford propaganda/bias. Consider the BS flag raised, Le Farce @$$holes.