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Sun 15 Jun 14 19:09

2nd and 4th for the debut of the C7.R at Le Mans


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The No. 73 Corvette Racing team of Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor battled back from early adversity to earn a second place result in GTE Pro behind eventual winners the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia with Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni.

The Corvette C7.R team encountered a problem with its air jack during a pit stop in the second quarter of the race, putting the team almost two laps down to the leaders.

They got back on the lead lap before the halfway point, but it was still a long distance behind on the 8.49-mile circuit. The team ran in fifth place through most of the overnight hours, before steadily working its way toward the front. Garcia took over second in the 23rd hour of the race and crossed the finish line one lap behind the winning Ferrari.

“It’s not a win, but I’m very, very happy for the team,” Magnussen said. “We had a great race. We had one issue in the pit that cost us a lap, probably, with an air jack failure, which was a shame.

“With the safety cars, we got put back one-third lap every time. Three times, we were the first car behind the safety car, and you lose a lot with that, but that’s how it goes. We had a great car the whole race.”

Fourth place went to Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook in the No. 74 Corvette. In the early running they had the pace to lead the class but the car had to make several unplanned stops including one to change the door as the panels weren't bright enough (seriously), and for what looked like a drivetrain issue.



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JonnyC4

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Sun 15 Jun 14 21:06

Re: 2nd and 4th for the debut of the C7.R at Le Mans


They did a great job with the C7R at Le Mans. There first time with this new racer and it was a great looking car on TV Thumbs up


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Mon 16 Jun 14 09:52

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An interesting and eventful race in all the classes. I suspect there will be mixed emotions in the Corvette camp. Danny was clearly disappointed that the 73 had experienced early issues as he felt it was a car able to lead the race, which, pace wise, it clearly was. The 74’s trans issue is rather worrying as it’s a recurring problem, but in reality it didn’t delay them that long and seemed to be running fine at the end. But it was a pretty good effort to get the second slot, with a good steady and, quick drive by the 73 car crew and great pit work. The team were using “Le Mans spec” doors, which carry the three “position lights”, that are not require in TUSC. I guess they miscalculated the power needed for the number panels, as Corvettes in past years have been well lit. The reality was that by 1:00 am they were illegible on both ‘Vettes and, alas we know the ACO is pretty keen on that sort of thing!

Overall, I was personally hoping for a Porsche victory (no apologies, it goes back to my following of the 917’s in the days of “real” prototypes!) but the sheer attention to detail that Audi brings is hard to beat. The Toyota boys were disappointed, and rightly so. Their cars suffered problems not of their making and issues that were. Given their performance in the WEC thus far, they should have done better.

Our “man of the match” went to Cooper McNeil. He and Bleekemolen had to drive the car as a two man team after Bret Curtis had to withdraw after the practice accident that forced the team to re-build the car, a great effort in itself. But Cooper, still only 21, remained cheerful and bright the entire race, and showed no signs of fatigue and only delight that they had completed the race. An all-round nice guy. It would be good to see him back in a GTE AM Corvette in 2015.


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Mon 16 Jun 14 11:37


Thought the C7R's looked (and sounded!) superb. I think it's a pretty good effort for it's first time at Le Mans. I was hopeful in the early stages that Oliver Gavin would hang on to an advantage after not pitting for wets. Still it's a long old way to go.
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malc350

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Mon 16 Jun 14 12:56

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Great event, the C7-Rs sounded great and looked great. And a decent result in their first year of competition. I'm just about to post some pictures...

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kentvette

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Mon 16 Jun 14 14:52

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I just wish GM would actually build on the reputation that racing here at Le Mans brings. To quote from Tommy Milner's remarks on Corvette Racing's site -
"All the people in France seem to like our cars and the loud, thunderous V8s that we have. "

When is Chevrolet/GM/Corvette going to WAKE UP and do some actual, serious marketing in Europe? They are missing a huge opportunity, just here in France, let alone the rest of Europe, simply because they never speak to the right people....

Great to see the C7R though, and hear it! So many people told me that they thought it was the best sounding car out there, most of them there actually supporting another marque!

Ironically, the car's were so good that the team did very little to them during the practice sessions in the week. If they had, the faulty jack valve may have become evident before the race!


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JonnyC4

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Mon 16 Jun 14 15:13

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Europe is not a priority for GM Sad They have a lot of Corvette customers here, but they don't listen to these customers. It would do them good as they arrange there dealership better and deliver the C7's that people have ordered.


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roscobbc

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Mon 16 Jun 14 23:13

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We may, as Europeans (hate that word) see it as a big marketing opportunity - but for GM in terms of scale as compared with USA it just isn't. Good job that Harley Davidson don't see things in quite the same way isn't it and Ford USA are perhaps waking up to things with the Mustang?


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