The No. 63 Corvette C7.R has finished seventh in GTE Pro at Le Mans in a tough outing to France for Corvette Racing. The No. 64 sister car retired from the race in the 16th hour following a heavy shunt with Tommy Milner at the wheel.
Corvette Racing started from the back of the GTE Pro grid Saturday following a tough qualifying session that saw the No. 64 and No. 63 cars qualify 13th and 14th, respectively. The race started under a safety car due to rain, with the green flag coming out 52 minutes after the clock started.
Both Corvettes quickly made up ground, penetrating the top ten in GTE Pro and running as high as fifth at points. Disaster struck in the 16th hour, however, with Tommy Milner getting loose in the No. 64 C7.R at Turn 1 before putting the car on the grass and hitting the tire wall. Milner emerged from the car uninjured and returned to the Corvette Racing garage shortly after.
With the No. 64 car out, Corvette Racing put all their resources behind the No. 63 entry. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be enough, with the team unable to catch the GTE Pro frontrunners in the race’s closing hours.
When the checkered flag came out, the pole-sitting No. 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Dirk Mueller was leading the No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE by over a minute. Mueller would go on to take the win, with Risi’s Giancarlo Fisichella finishing second. The No. 69 Ford GT claimed the final podium spot.
In a wonderful display of sportsmanship, veteran driver Jan Magnussen let Ricky Taylor stay in the No. 63 C7.R for the checkered flag. The Dane was to close out the race for the team, but seeing as it was Taylor’s first Le Mans outing with Corvette Racing, he wanted the 26-year old to experience the special moment.
— Corvette Racing (@CorvetteRacing) June 19, 2016