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  • CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: By the Numbers

    Press Release:

    Facts and figures ahead of program's 20th straight Le Mans appearance

    CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: By the Numbers


    DETROIT (June 6, 2019) – This year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a
    landmark one for Corvette Racing. It is the 20th consecutive appearance for
    the program at the famed race dating back to 2000 – the longest current
    streak for a single entrant. With eight class victories in 19 starts,
    Corvette Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of Le
    Mans. Below is a handful of notes and statistics ahead of this year’s race…


    • 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years at
    Le Mans: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
    • 3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries since 2000 – Corvette C5-R
    (2000-04), Corvette C6.R (2005-13) and Corvette C7.R (2014-current).
    • 3: Number of wins for the Corvette C5-R – 2001, 2002, 2004.
    • 4: Number of wins for the Corvette C6.R – 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011.
    • 8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been
    sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
    • 8: Class victories for Corvette Racing at Le Mans – all since 2001.
    • 9: Number of drivers who have won races at Le Mans for Corvette Racing –
    Olivier Beretta, Ron Fellows, Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen,
    Tommy Milner, Johnny O’Connell, Scott Pruett and Jordan Taylor.
    • 12: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since
    2001.
    • 16: Number of GT Le Mans wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
    Championship for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014. That’s tied for
    the most among manufacturers and entrants in GTLM.
    • 19: Number of victories for Corvette Racing’s lineup at Le Mans.
    Oliver Gavin: 5 Jan Magnussen: 4 Antonio
    Garcia: 3
    Marcel Fässler: 3 Tommy Milner: 2 Mike
    Rockenfeller: 2
    • 21: Number of drivers to compete for Corvette Racing at Le Mans. Oliver
    Gavin leads with 17 Le Mans starts for the program while Jan Magnussen has
    15.
    • 21: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, COTA,
    Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna
    Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road
    America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois
    Rivieres and Utah.
    • 107: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 99 in North America and
    eight at Le Mans.
    • 218: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.
    • 95,221.25: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 19
    previous trips to Le Mans. That represents 11,299 laps… or nearly four full
    trips around the Earth at its equator. The two Corvettes need to complete
    4,778.75 miles to reach the 100,000-mile mark at Le Mans.
    • 104,671: Approximate pounds of freight sent by Corvette Racing to Le Mans
    by air and by sea!
    • 289,913.28: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing
    since its inception. To put that in perspective Apollo 13 – the longest
    manned spaceflight in history – covered “just” 248,655 miles.

    Corvette Racing at Le Mans (Wins in bold)
    2000
    No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/Justin Bell – 4th in GTS
    No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 3rd in GTS


    2001
    No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Scott Pruett – 1st in GTS
    No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 2nd in GTS


    2002
    No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS
    No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 2nd in GTS


    2003
    No. 53 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Franck Freon – 3rd in GTS
    No. 50 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GTS


    2004
    No. 63 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 2nd in GTS
    No. 64 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in
    GTS


    2005
    No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 2nd in GT1
    No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in
    GT1


    2006
    No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis – 7th in GT1
    No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen - 1st in
    GT1


    2007
    No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in
    GT1
    No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 14th in GT1


    2008
    No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Jan Magnussen – 2nd in
    GT1
    No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Max Papis – 3rd in GT1


    2009
    No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia – 1st in
    GT1
    No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Marcel Fässler – 4th in
    GT1


    2010
    No. 63 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O'Connell/Antonio Garcia – 12th
    in GT2 (DNF)
    No. 64 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin/Emmanuel Collard – 10th
    in GT2 (DNF)


    2011
    No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner/Antonio Garcia – 1st in
    GTE Pro
    No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen/Richard Westbrook – 14th in
    GTE Pro (DNF)


    2012
    No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 5th in
    GTE Pro
    No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook - 6th in
    GTE Pro


    2013
    No. 73 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 4th in
    GTE Pro
    No. 74 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 7th in
    GTE Pro


    2014
    No. 73 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 2nd in
    GTE Pro
    No. 74 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook – 4th in
    GTE Pro


    2015
    No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – DNS
    (Qualifying crash)
    No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Jordan Taylor – 1st in GTE
    Pro


    2016
    No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ricky Taylor – 7th in GTE
    Pro
    No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Jordan Taylor – 10th in GTE
    Pro (DNF)


    2017
    No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 3rd in
    GTE Pro
    No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 8th in GTLM


    2018
    No. 63 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 4th
    in GTE Pro
    No. 64 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 15th in GTE
    Pro (DNF)



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    Thank you cor123 for keeping us highly informed. Very appreciated!
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    • #3
      More background info.

      Countdown to Le Mans 2019: The LM GTE Pro Class
      written by Alice Holloway

      Credit: Race Photography

      The LM GTE Pro class for the 24 Hours of Le Mans is made up, predominantly, with factory entires, as it is in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Single entries are allowed, but due to the driver regulations of the pro class, only works drivers with manufacturer backing usually have GTE Pro drives.

      The exception to this rule for the 87th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the Risi Competizione #89 entry. Although the team is backed by Ferrari, the trio of drivers – Pipo Derani, Jules Gounon and Oliver Jarvis – are not works Ferrari drivers. Gounon is a works Bentley driver, but the 2019 Le Mans race marks as his first race around the famous Circuit de la Sarthe.
      Credit: Race Photography

      The usual WEC competitors of Ford Chip Ganassi, Porsche GT Team, AF Corse, Aston Martin Racing and BMW Team MTEKall take to the GTE Pro grid, with Ford and Porsche being the only teams fielding four cars for their outfit rather than two. Ferrari usually follows suit in this for Le Mans, but it was announced earlier this year that they would only field their two WEC cars due to a ‘lack of opportunity’ with their sponsors at the blue-riband event.

      For Aston Martin, Jonny Adam and Darren Turner return to the WEC Pro cars after being moved out of them after last year’s Le Mans. The will join the usual WEC #97 and #95 crews respectively. AF Corse follow the same suit of retaining drivers from last year, with Daniel Serra returning to the #51 and Miguel Molina back in the #71.
      • Credit: Race Photography
      • Credit: Race Photography

      BMW also sees Philipp Eng return to the #81 car with Nick Catsburg and Martin Tomczyk whilst new BMW junior Jesse Krohn gets his first call up from DTM to complete the trio in the #82 sister car.
      Credit: Race Photography

      Coming into their 20th Le Mans race with what has been assumed to be the final Le Mans for the now five-year-old Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, Corvette Racing has retained the same driver trios that is has had at the wheel of its two entries for the last few years. Coming from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller, Marcel Fassler Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner will be pushing for a strong race for the team.

      Rockenfeller set the GTE Pro pace in the Le Mans Test Day ahead of the event, and with minimal adjustments having been made to the GTE Balance of Performance ahead of the event it looks like Corvette may have the, albeit slim, advantage.
      Credit: Race Photography

      Both Ford and Porsche bring their IMSA cars over from America to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The IMSA line ups also come across with their cars, making for a fairly star-studded ensemble of drivers.

      American racers Billy Johnson and Jonathan Bomarito join the two full-season WEC cars for this race, with Johnson on board the 1966 Le Mans winner livery wearing #66 and Bomarito joining the British duo of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the #67. The Team USA cars will see Sebastian Bourdais, Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, Ryan Briscoe, IndyCar star Scott Dixon and Richard Westbrook back in the European endurance paddock.
      Credit: Race Photography

      Porsche come into this race knowing that one of their WEC cars will claim the GT Drivers’ Endurance Championship, which puts pressure on those cars. Porsche have not discussed whether or not they will use team orders or if the IMSA cars will be used or left out of the championship fight, but with a 36-point lead over the sister car, Kevin Estre and Michael Chirstensencertainly go into Le Mans with the advantage in the #92. They will be joined by Laurens Vanthoor, who will attempt to help them secure the title.

      Frederic Makowiecki joins the challenging #91 car with Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz who will need a serious issue to befall the sister car to stand any chance of taking the title from their grasp.

      Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber, who were both in the Porsche LMP1 Team car when it took its first overall Le Mans victory in 2015, will be partnered with other Porsche factory driver Patrick Pilet in the ‘Brumos Racing’ livery-running #93, whilst the identical #94 will have Mathieu Jaminet, Sven Muller and Dennis Olsen in the cockpit.
      Credit: Race Photography

      Of all of the classes, GTE Pro looked to be the most competitive at the end of the Le Mans test day. Although the championship may be pretty much tied up, there is still Le Mans glory to race for. If the other classes don’t provide entertainment, it has been suggested by early indicators that the ACO/FIA have done well with the pro class BoP, and we could be in for a 24-hour wheel-to-wheel treat.
      Car Number Team Driver 1 Driver 2 Driver 3
      51 AF Corse James Calado Alessandro Pier Guidi Daniel Serra
      63 Corvette Racing Antonio Garcia Jan Magnussen Mike Rockenfeller
      64 Corvette Racing Marcel Fassler Oliver Gavin Tommy Milner
      66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Billy Johnson Stefan Mucke Olivier Pla
      67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Jonathan Bomarito Andy Priaulx Harry Tincknell
      68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Sebastien Bourdais Joey Hand Dirk Muller
      69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ryan Briscoe Scott Dixon Richard Westbrook
      71 AF Corse Sam Bird Davide Rigon Miguel Molina
      81 BMW Team MTEK Nick Catsburg Philipp Eng Martin Tomczyk
      82 BMW Team MTEK Antonio Felix da Costa Augusto Farfus Jesse Krohn
      89 Risi Competizione Pipo Derani Jules Gounon Oliver Jarvis
      91 Porsche GT Team Gianmaria Bruni Richard Lietz Frederic Makowiecki
      92 Porsche GT Team Michael Christensen Kevin Estre Laurens Vanthoor
      93 Porsche GT Team Earl Bamber Patrick Pilet Nick Tandy
      94 Porsche GT Team Mathieu Jaminet Sven Muller Dennis Olsen
      95 Aston Martin Racing Marco Sorensen Nicki Thiim Darren Turner
      97 Aston Martin Racing Jonathan Adam Alex Lynn Maxime Martin

      https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2...gte-pro-class/


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      • #4
        Great post Plasboy. Thank you very much.
        GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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        • #5
          There is a madness to my method!

          2015 Z06 Torch/adrenaline
          2001 coupe Torch/oak R8C
          79 coupe Silver/oyster
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