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Twin Corvette C6.R GT1 Racers Prepare for 24 Hours Le Mans after Utah Grand Prix

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In the final warm up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing tested America’s premier production sports car in Utah's high desert.

Corvette No. 4 Compuware C6.R will be driven by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Corvette No. 4 Compuware C6.R will be driven by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen drove the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R and scored a one-minute 4.9 second victory over the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin. The teams faced near record heat in the American Le Mans Series Utah Grand Prix.
The Twin Corvettes are on their transatlantic journey after great runs in the American Le Mans Series Utah Grand Prix
The Twin Corvettes are on their transatlantic journey after great runs in the American Le Mans Series Utah Grand Prix

The No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R scored a one-minute 4.9 second victory over the No. 4 Compuware Corvette CR. 6 at Utah
The No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R scored a one-minute 4.9 second victory over the No. 4 Compuware Corvette CR. 6 at Utah

It was the third victory in four races this season for O’Connell and Magnussen. They are eight-points ahead in the GT1 Drivers Championship Series over their teammates.

“The car worked really well and this was a good final test before LeMans,” said Magnussen. “We were able to get some good data, and there are no scratches on the car.”

Beretta led the first 52 minutes in the pole-winning No. 4 Corvette C6.R, but O’Connell and the No. 3 Corvette C6.R took the point after the first round of pit stops. A problem with the refueling system cost the No. 4 Corvette time in the pits.

“Congratulations to the No. 3 Corvette for the win,” said Beretta. “I pulled away a bit on the first stint and with the refueling problem we lost a lot of time. The most important thing is that both cars are in good shape for Le Mans.”

Corvette Racing runs a special K&N Engineering air filter. “Dirt is a huge problem in our races,” said Crew Chief Dan Binks. “K&N protects our engines from the debris.”

The twin Corvette race cars are on their transatlantic journey as the team prepares for its assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 76th running of the classic 24- hour endurance race on the 8.5 mile Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans will begin on June 14. Portions of the race will be televised live on SPEED-TV.

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