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Corvette Racing Scores 2nd and 3rd Place Finish in 24 Hours of Le Mans GT1 Class

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In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing finished second in the GT1 class for the second consecutive year. Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Ron Fellows completed 344 laps in their No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R and finished on the lead lap behind the winning No. 009 Aston Martin DBR9. The No. 64 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin, Oliver Beretta and Max Papis finished third with 341 laps completed.

Corvette Racing runs a special K&N Engineering air filter on its cars
Corvette Racing runs a special K&N Engineering air filter on its cars

Corvette Racing's No.63 car took 2nd place in the GT1 Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Corvette Racing's No.63 car took 2nd place in the GT1 Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Corvette Racing and Aston Martin Racing fought hard for first place in the GT1 title at Le Mans. The No. 63 Corvette and the No. 009 Aston Martin were in lockstep from the start, trading the lead and separated by less than a lap in the running order for hour after hour.
Compuware Corvette Racing scored its 15th podium finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Compuware Corvette Racing scored its 15th podium finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Corvette Racing's No. 64 car suffered a broken alternator in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Corvette Racing's No. 64 car suffered a broken alternator in the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Before sunrise, rain arrived at the Circuit de la Sarthe and returned again as the race drew to a close. The teams and drivers had to develop new strategies and make difficult decisions under rapidly changing conditions.

The turning point came in hour 17 when the Corvette racing crew had to replace the No. 63 Corvette’s right front brake pads. Even though the pit crew finished in less than 90 seconds, the Aston Martin gained track position.

The No. 64 Corvette suffered a broken alternator connection that required six minutes to repair. Both Corvettes made 29 pit stops during the 24-hour race. Corvette Racing runs a special K&N Engineering Air Filter. “Dirt is a huge problem in street races,” said Crew Chief Dan Binks. “K&N protects our engines from the debris. During the 24 Hours of Le Mans we know our K&N filter is one less thing we have to worry about.”

“Once again, we saw one of the epic battles in all of sports car racing,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “When you can take two cars, run them for 24 hours, and have them finish just minutes apart, it’s an incredible achievement. Both our cars finished on the podium, and when you look at Corvette Racing’s overall record and performance here at Le Mans, Chevrolet can be proud.” The American team now has 15 podium finishes in France.

“Standing on the podium at Le Mans is special,” said driver Magnussen. “Second is not exactly the spot we wanted. We hoped to improve on last year, and we had a nearly flawless race, but unfortunately so did Aston Martin. They had a little more speed than us at night and it was tough to get back that gap. We’ll just have to work even harder for a victory next year.”

Corvette Racing’s next event is the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut on July 12.

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