Corvette Racing Finishes 4th, 9th In GTLM At Daytona8
Corvette Racing’s No. 3 and No. 4 Corvette C7.R have finished a respective 4th and 9th in GTLM in the 55th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The No. 3 Corvette C7.R, driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and part-time Corvette endurance driver Mike Rockenfeller, finished the race 1.514 seconds behind the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTB, which was third in GTLM.
The No. 66 Ford GT of Sébastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Müller took the GTLM win, with the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Patrick Pilet, Frederic Makowiecki and Dirk Werner crossing the finish line 2.988 seconds behind the leader to claim third.
The No. 66 GT controlled GTLM for the majority of the race. The No. 62 Ferrari, No. 911 Porsche and No. 3 Corvette began to put the pressure on the Ford late in the race, however a strong final stint by German Ford driver Dirk Muller saw the Ford pass both the Ferrari and the Corvette to move into the lead.
The No. 911 Porsche was punted by the no. 62 Ferrari in the closing stages of the race, but Makowiecki managed to hold onto the second place spot and give the all-new mid-engine 911 RSR a podium in its first-ever outing.
A tweet sent out by Corvette Racing post-race indicates the team is disappointed with the result at Daytona after its 1-2 finsh last year, but is looking ahead to the 12 Hours of Sebring in late March.
After 24 hours and numerous challenges, we end up P4 and P9 in a wonderful #GTLM battle. On to #Sebring12
— Corvette Racing (@CorvetteRacing) January 29, 2017
Click here for full results from the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona.
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this is what happens when IMSA allows a race car converted to a street car race against street cars converted to race cars because they were hard up for more manufactures dollars. I wonder how much ford laid on the desk to get permission to run this car. the ford has rocker arm indy car suspension so it is a indy car with a body and very low drag..
Plus they sent 4 GTs to make sure one of them would win.
The GM fanatics and possibly Trump fans always think the game is rigged against them.
Ferrari and Porsche also demonstrated they were faster cars on that day and track.
Competition improves the breed.
Let’s put it this way at least people can buy a corvette an there are plenty of them on the road. How many are buying a Gt at $500,000. Also if you don’t like are President Trump no one is stopping you from buying a ticket to live in other country.
If you ad up the votes for other parties, more than 9 million people voted against Trump than for him.
Mexicans are leaving by the thousands, US application to Canadian universities are soaring, the Canadian government is swamped by application and inquiries for immigration from US citizens and silicon valley entrepreneurs are considering employment elsewhere or moving their company altogether. See anything good coming out of this?
My family has been in America for over 250 years and I’m not going anywhere. The narcissistic illegitimate Russian puppet will be defeated but how much damage will be caused until then.
Putin is laughing hysterically and patting himself on the back for being the master puppeteer. A weaker US in turmoil is exactly what he wanted.
Bill…that’s a hard argument to make with the number of championships Corvette has had in recent history. Ford was faster that day. I don’t like BoP. I want to see a regular manufactured car race on the track. Porsche and Corvette do this the best. Corvette does the best, because a Z06 costs less than $100k! NONE of the others in GTLM can say that…including the vaunted Ford GT.
Competition has shown Corvette is a thorough-bred.
Let’s get through this season and 8 more to determine where Ford sits…. It hasn’t made much noise since the original GT40.
I’m a fan of both cars. Corvette Racing has done a great job in recent history and Chip Ganassi now has a well oiled machine. It’s going to be a great year for racing. Ferrari and Porche have new very competitive cars.
Let’s be honest, all GTLM cars are million dollar machines and are loosely based on the street version. I remember seeing a video on the Z06 and C7.R on a track. The C7.R blew by the Z06 like it was standing still.
I can’t wait to see the C8.R next year.
Balance of power was applied to corvette racing shortly after winning several successive races. Is Imsa doing the same to Ford GT?