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24 Hours of Le Mans Qualifying Puts Corvette Racing at the Top

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In the first four-hour qualifying session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Corvette Racing took first and second place in the provisional GT1 class.

Compuware Corvette C6.R set fast time in 24 Hours of Le Mans qualifying
Compuware Corvette C6.R set fast time in 24 Hours of Le Mans qualifying

Le Mans regulations require all drivers complete three laps in darkness during qualifying sessions
Le Mans regulations require all drivers complete three laps in darkness during qualifying sessions
Jan Magnussen turned the quickest time in the GT1 class at 3:49.406 in the No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R. Oliver Gavin was only a heartbeat behind at 3:50.766 in the No. 64 Compuware Corvette C6.R.
Corvette Racing Team will race 24 Hours of Le Mans with K&N air filters
Corvette Racing Team will race 24 Hours of Le Mans with K&N air filters

Corvette Racing completed 86 laps on the Circuit de la Sarthe during qualifying session
Corvette Racing completed 86 laps on the Circuit de la Sarthe during qualifying session

Team Chevy 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 and is especially helpful at Le Mans.”

The two Corvettes completed a total of 86 laps on the 8.48 mile Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Qualifying will continue with a second four-hour session which will set the starting grid for the 76th running of the world’s most famous sports car race.

“We’re faster than we’ve ever been,” said Magnussen. “We need a friendly car for a 24-hour race and our Corvette Racing engineers will come up with just the right answer for us.”

The Le Mans regulations require that all drivers complete three laps in darkness during qualifying. “We don’t place a lot of value on the pole for a 24-hour race, but it’s good to see that our cars are able to be near the top of the charts,” said GM Racing Road manager Steve Wesoloski. “You never know what the competition is doing, but all things considered, we’re very satisfied with the Corvettes’ performance.”

“We definitely have a great car in the No. 64 Corvette,” said racer Max Papis. “It was nerve racking to be out there in the dark because there were many inexperienced drivers learning the track. I took it easy and still ran quick lap times.”

The 24-Hours of Le Mans will start on Saturday, June 14 and finish on Sunday June 15. Portions will be televised on SPEED-TV.

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