Corvette Racing Qualifies 3rd, 11th for 24 Hours of Le Mans

Corvette Racing will be starting third at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend in what will be the last Le Mans run for the C7.R.

It’s the 20th consecutive start for the team at the 24-hour race, which will go this Saturday afternoon in France – that’s 9am Eastern – and run into Sunday. During that time, the team has managed an impressive eight class wins and a mass of podium finishes that help make it one of the most successful teams at the race.

It’s the number 63 C7.R that’ll be at the pointy end of the field. With driver Antonio Garcia turning a 3:48.830 on the 8.467-mile course in qualifying. That’s third fastest in the GTE Pro class, just 0.830 seconds off the Ford GT that sits on the class pole.

Olivier Gavin and Tommy Milner in the number 64 car were caught out in a tight qualifying session. Traffic and yellow flags interrupting their quickest runs and leaving them in 11th, less than a second back of the quicker Corvette.

“We’ve had quite a fraught couple of days on the No. 64 Corvette with punctures and damage. The crew has worked super-hard to straighten things out and get us ready for today, and we all need to thank them for that. We were running through a program and Tommy was so unlucky; every time he went out to do a qualifying run, he was so unlucky. He was getting balked, getting traffic, red flags, slow zones” said Gavin.

General Motors has said this will be a last hurrah for the C7.R, which will be replaced by a C8 for the race next year.

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