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June has arrived, let the Le Mans blurbage begin! :cfdeadagain

2010 Le Mans 24: Oliver Gavin Race Preview

He may have competed there nine times before, and he may do marathon running as a hobby, but all this will pale into relative insignificance on the 12-13th June when 37-year-old Oliver Gavin takes on the legendary 24 Hour race in the large industrial town of Le Mans in North West France.

The British racing driver, along with team mates Olivier Beretta from Monaco and Frenchman Emmanuel Collard, will be pitting their talent, race craft and stamina against the cream of international sports car racing in the most prestigious event of their racing year. And Oliver, who lives with his wife and three children in Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire, considers this will be the toughest Le Mans yet.

Racing for the American Corvette Racing team in a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, he acknowledges it’s never an easy task, but goes on to explain how the level of competition has made the challenge even harder.

"It’s always tough at Le Mans. You’re battling the clock, the track, the conditions, and sometimes even your own car if you’ve not found a set up in qualifying that’s comfortable for all of you. And this year the GT2 class, in which we are entered, will be hyper-competitive. There are most probably 10 cars with a genuine and realistic chance of winning, which will be right there on the pace, all competing and racing super close."

The four-time GT1 class winner continues, "This is the big one that every manufacturer wants to win; the big title they all want to lay claim to – it’s the real jewel in the crown that everyone wants to have. It means a great deal to Corvette and is the focus of our year.

"We are pretty well prepared but a bit disappointed that we haven’t been able to get the last 15kgs of performance balancing ballast off the car that was put on after Sebring. That makes a difference to braking and acceleration and - considering the duration of this race - that 15 will add up. But we will have to deal with that now, and make good.

"As far as the opposition is concerned, the Risi Ferraris have been hugely competitive for the last few years and I think they’ll be joined by the Felbermayr and IMSA Matmut Porsches, and the BMWs at the top of the field. Whichever way you look, you’ve got great competition and I think it will be much like the ALMS races where you’ve got this big train of cars all racing around together. There’s bound to be a few sweaty palms and concerned faces up and down the pit lane, wondering what will happen on track!

"Everyone will want to be right there with the leader, and there will inevitably be contact and issues and you’ve got to hope it doesn’t happen to you. More than ever before, you can’t afford for anything to go wrong; if it does you’ve almost got no chance of winning as there’s so many cars all about the same speed and one of us will have the perfect race. If that’s the case, you’ll not be able to catch up if you are delayed for any reason. Any driver errors or pit lane mistakes will be punished severely ...the stakes are high."

The GT2 class is one of four different categories of racing cars all competing against each other within the same race, with the top two prototype categories featuring manufacturers such as Audi and Peugeot and from which the overall winner of the race will come. The speed differential between the faster and slower cars adds another dimension to the challenge ahead.

"I think it’s always a surprise when you get to Le Mans to see again how much faster the fastest prototypes are. This year the difference between the fastest Peugeots and Audis and the slowest GT2 cars will be extreme. You have to keep your eyes in the mirror and eyes on the rear-facing, on-board camera to make sure you don’t get dive-bombed. You can’t and shouldn’t expect them to always predict where you’re going to go and a number of people’s races will be ruined by contact with other cars. We have a very good spotting system with the team but it’s logistically and practically hard to do it at Le Mans because of the size of the track so it puts more emphasis on the driver to look after himself when out there. You have to deal with traffic, darkness, and really fast cars."

The 24-hour race is a huge test of both man and machine, and takes place on a 14 kilometre circuit which is partly made up of public roads. While drivers will have the luxury of a few hours sleep in between their stints behind the wheel, their mechanics and engineers will be working for 36 hours or more non-stop in the lead up to, during and after the race. It really is endurance racing in the raw.

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And in keeping with the honoring of Corvette history and all that I found an interesting GM documentary vid of the 1960 Le Mans effort posted up at Top Speed. Enjoy.

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It sucks how quickly the vettes were slapped with the added weight, and how slow they are to remove any of it.. :toetap Liked the old GM flick!

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What wouldn't I give to have been able to be a part of that era of racing.

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Don't forget, mon frère....ok, that's just ghey, sorry, ...that Corvette C6.R's are going for VICTORY in TWO classes at Le Mans this time around. Luc has his old school GT1's entered in the jumbled mess that remains of GT1. Behold the blurbage.

Xavier Maassen preview

Racing series LEMANS

Date 2010-06-02

XAVIER MAASSEN GOING FOR VICTORY IN 78th EDITION OF 24 HOURS OF LE MANS

The 12th and 13th June is annotated in red in the dairy of Dutch GT driver Xavier Maassen. It is namely during that weekend that the 78th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is on the programme and that race undeniably belongs to the world inheritance of the international motorsport scene. Last year some 250,000 spectators, more than twice as many as at any F1 race, experienced the fight between Prototypes and GTs, a battle that Xavier Maassen wrapped up with a second place in the LM GT1 class. So why change a winning team? And this time around Xavier Maassen will once again be back in Le Mans at the wheel of a Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R, teamed up with French drivers Patrice Goueslard and Julien Jousse.

Never change a winning team

And neither a team that finished second behind the Corvette works car... Xavier Maassen: "Indeed, last year we only needed to let the Corvette boys through, but this year they aren't there, at least not in GT1. So we're determinedly going all out for victory, because what was feasible last year should definitely be the case this time around, certainly with the additional year of experience under our belts. I expect an open battle between the various Aston Martin, Saleen, Ford GT and our car, but I'm giving the Corvette the advantage, precisely because of the enormous experience with the car, not forgetting the experience of the team and the drivers."

Xaiver Maassen's two French team-mates are no strangers in Le Mans. Patrice Goueslard is the FIA GT2 champion 2000 and later the 44 year old Frenchman also twice won the LMS GT1 category. This is his sixteenth participation in Le Mans and is rolling in experience. Last season Julien Jousse, as was the case for Xavier Maassen, made his debut at Le Mans, and how. After the race together with the Dutchman he had the honour of climbing on to the podium in LM GT1. He also will be back on track this year.

It is hardly necessary to introduce the team of the former French Olympic ski champion Luc Alphand. During the previous editions they piled up the top places behind the works teams and this edition is the perfect opportunity for the French team to clinch victory with the Corvette C6.R GT1. Rendezvous on Sunday 13th June as the clock strikes three!

Adrenaline Control: A new partner in Le Mans

Le Mans is the most ideal venue to acquaint a new partner with the cream of motorsport. In a partnership with Xavier Maassen iOpener discovers the racing world... for real. The German company iOpener is active in the software sector and develops patented technology, for amongst others position fixing via GPS. Their fields of application are to be found in the entertainment sector as also the education sector. In the former case gamers can race in real-time against real racing drivers who are competing at that very same moment on real race tracks, all thanks to the iOpener technology. Xavier Maassen is test driver and development driver for iOpener. But in addition road awareness programmes to learn driving behaviour in traffic are also part and parcel of the possibilities. In this light Adrenaline Control is a franchise model, which came about in Abu Dhabi. Xavier is the first professional driver helping to set-up these programmes and bring the product onto the marketplace. As such Adrenaline Control will see the light of day during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where this new partnership with Xavier Maassen takes off.

What goes on during the Le Mans week?

In total 56 cars will be on the grid, in four different classes, each driven by a maximum of three drivers. The teams are selected from a vast number of potential candidates. On Wednesday and Thursday the practice and qualifying sessions are held, which determine the starting grid. On the Friday, which is a rest day, just after midday all the drivers are paraded through the centre of the town on exclusive or vintage cars. This parade draws no less than 60,000 spectators. Following a warm-up on Saturday morning and plenty of festivities on the starting grid, the 24 Hours of Le Mans starts as per tradition at 15.00hrs.

-source: Xavier Maassen

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And since PlanetLeMans won't let me hotlink their sweet pix of all the GT1 entries, you can just go see them yourself. :photo:

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Oh look, now that GM isn't in GT anymore the others are starting to show up again!!! :toetap

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Jan Magnussen had to miss his race in that Rolex Series Camaro due to kidney stones, but he apparently already had the 'surgery' because he made his race in the STCC/DTM series in Gothenburg. Mags lost a wheel in the final corner of the final lap in the first race dropping him to 7th, and was pushed around in the start of the second race.

Magnussen was unable to rejoin and had to watch the race from the pits. "I feel good now, but this is something that I would not even wish for my worst enemies," said Magnussen.

:banannasword: I might wish it on that Porsche driver that ran him into the wall...just sayin.

The El PlanetLeMans has posted the Le Mans GT2 Preview, and I still can't steal their pix, so go there if you wanna see what the Spyker looks like. I wanna know why the Aston is now yeller??? :cfdeadagain

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Blogging from Le Mans: Le Mans kicks off

By RICK DOLE

Autoweek

This year’s 78th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has all the makings of a race for the ages--the Audi-versus-Peugeot battle for the overall victory, and the GT2 class with Ferrari, Corvette, Porsche and BMW is exceptionally strong.

This is my 14th time covering this great event. I first came in 1989 for AutoWeek. Each year, I look forward to returning. It is a magical place. I will be blogging from Le Mans for the next seven days and hopefully give you readers some different perspectives of what makes Le Mans so special.

Race week really kicks off on Sunday and Monday in downtown Le Mans, where all of the teams go through scrutineering. This is done in Place des Jacobins, a square in the center of town where the modern shops and the ancient village of Le Mans intercept. The backdrop is an ancient church--the Cathedrale Saint-Julien--and old city walls dating to the 1300s. It is open to the public and the residents of Le Mans, and fans from across Europe pack the place.

Sunday was especially crowded when the Peugeots near the front of the line went through. Being the defending race champion has its small advantages, and this is one of them. By going through on Sunday, the French team can return to the paddock and have no further interruptions to its workflow for the balance of the week.

The Audi team was scheduled to go through the process late Monday. This is certainly not the best time or the best day for the German squad. The entire scrutineering process takes about five hours, from loading the car at the track, driving downtown, passing tech and then returning to the track. This all means the Audi boys will go to bed a bit later tonight than the Peugeot team. A minor detail? Yes. A bit of gamesmanship or home-court advantage for the French? Absolutely.

There is plenty of waiting around during this whole process. The crews push the cars into the line for tech at a specific time. The drivers go to a hut to make sure their licenses are current and helmets and driver suits are up to spec. A team photo is taken, but the process is never as quick as everybody wishes it to be.

All of this time gives the media a chance to chat with the drivers in a very relaxed atmosphere. The fans can watch an informal press conference of each team on a stage and then, with a bit of luck, get an autograph or two from their favorite drivers.

The Peugeot drivers were swarmed, especially the French drivers, and especially local boy Sébastien Bourdais. The other favorite on Sunday was Jean Alesi. The ex-Ferrari Formula One pilot has teamed up with fellow F1 veteran Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander in the AF Corse Ferrari 430 GT.

The first American team to go through was Highcroft Racing, the Tequila Patron logos having been replaced with “Malaria No More” stickers for this race. A class move by team owner Duncan Dayton, using this event to help raise awareness and funds for a greater cause.

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Monday’s tech schedule saw the Pratt & Miller Corvettes in downtown Le Mans. Brit Oliver Gavin reckons this year’s race will be the toughest ever for the Vette boys. “No one can afford to make a mistake in the pits or on the track. If they do, their chance for victory will be over,” he said. “Plus, with the Audi-Peugeot battle going on, we will have to pay even closer attention to our mirrors and stay clear of their battle.”

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Later on Monday afternoon, Paul Gentilozzi held court while waiting his turn in line with the Jaguar. He mentioned a couple of interesting facts: First, the Jaguar has 38 more drag horsepower and a 15 percent larger frontal area than his Ferrari and Porsche competitors. Second, the Jag’s wheelbase is 18 inches longer than the Ferrari’s. Gentilozzi said, “With one major change, we would be a top-five car.”

Marco Andretti arrived on Monday looking relaxed and ready for his first Le Mans experience. No sign of either Mario or Michael.

The last major player to go through tech was Audi. Another huge crowd surrounded the car and hounded the drivers for autographs. The rumor mill says Audi has committed to building the next-generation race car--the Audi R18. If true, the pundits say, it will virtually ensure that Porsche will not return to prototype racing in the coming years. Time will tell, just like everything else at Le Mans.

:banannasword: So...was he saying his Jag would be a top 5 car if was just a completely different smaller car? That's the change he wants? :crazy And what's this about drag horsepower?

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I'll never forget when that Mercedes CLR GT1 car did that backflip crash back in 99

Le Man '99 Mercedes CLR-GT1 backflip and crash

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That's not the only car to take flight like that, Porsche had some take off years back as well. :hunter

Practice time blurbage below, Corvettes fastest in GT2...so far. :chris

Peugeot leads early practice running

By Stuart Codling

Wednesday, June 9th 2010, 15:17 GMT

Peugeot's fleet of 908 diesels set the pace in the opening hour of practice at Le Mans while Audi stuck to a methodical working pattern, leaving the Peugeot drivers to out-do each other at the top of the timesheet.

The Peugeots were among the first to leave the pitlane and the #2 car driven by Nicolas Minassian was straight on the pace, setting a 3m35.219s on its third flying lap before returning to the garage. Anthony Davidson then took up the attack in the #1 908, hitting 3m33.000s and then 3m29.422s.

Audi made a more cautious start, sending both works cars out for installation laps before bringing them back in for close examination. Tom Kristensen emerged again 40 minutes into the session and went second fastest in the #7 R15 Plus with a time of 3m29.654s, only to be pushed down to third when Olivier Panis put the ORECA Peugeot fastest with a 3m28.450s.

Simon Pagenaud then sliced a further two seconds off the fastest time in the #3 Peugeot. At the turn of the hour Kristensen emerged again and posted a 3m27.885s, followed by Fassler in the #8 car with a 3m27.365s.

There were mixed fortunes for the petrol-powered LMP1 cars. Jean-Christophe Boullion was second fastest in the Rebellion Lola B10/60 in the early running, lapping in 3m33.469s. As the faster diesels improved their times they pushed the Rebellion car down the list, and then the two Aston Martins demoted it from the top ten. The ORECA-AIM Courage halted with a battery problem as it left the garage before essaying its first lap.

In LMP2, Danny Watts set the benchmark time in the Strakka HPD ARX.01c. His 3m40.245s fastest lap was three seconds clear of the team's nearest rival, the HPD-powered #25 RML Lola.

Christoffer Nygaard led the GT1 field for Aston Martin with a fastest time of 3m59.221s. The Ford GTs continue to circulate despite fears that their ECU programming may cause engine damage when the pitlane speed limiter is engaged; the VDS entry driven by Bas Leinders, Markus Palttala and Eric de Doncker is the fastest Ford, on 4m01.665s.

Chevrolet leads an exceptionally competitive GT2 field. Oliver Gavin brought the #64 Corvette round in 4m03.266s. Jan Magnussen set the #63 car's fastest time of 4m03.414s, just over a second quicker than Mika Salo in the AF Corse Ferrari. The Felbermayr Porsche was just under four tenths off, driven by Marc Lieb.

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Hot off the....stopwatches? Today's best practice times, check the gap between 1st and 2nd in GT2 and GT1. Stoopid Enge in that Aston is smoking the vettes and everyone else in GT1. Olivier Beretta was fastest in GT2 for Corvette, with the #77 Porsche splitting the two factory cars on the times. Top ten – LMP1: 1. #2 Peugeot 3min 20.034secs 2. #3 Peugeot 3min 21.266secs 3. #4 Peugeot 3min 21.514secs 4. #1 Peugeot 3min 23.605secs 5. #7 Audi 3min 23.935secs 6. #8 Audi 3min 24.099secs 7. #9 Audi 3min 24.779secs 8. #009 Lola-Aston Martin 3min 27.268secs 9. #007 Lola-Aston Martin 3min 28.133secs 10. #13 Lola-Rebellion 3min 29.851secs Top five – LMP2: 1. #26 HPD ARX.01 3min 38.691secs 2. #42 HPD ARX.01 3min 38.825secs 3. #25 Lola-HPD 3min 40.119secs 4. #40 Ginetta-Zytek 3min 42.351secs 5. #35 Pescarolo-Judd 3min 44.178secs Top five – GT1: 1. #52 Aston Martin 3min 56.839secs 2. #72 Corvette 3min 59.752secs 3. #70 Ford GT 4min 01.665secs 4. #60 Ford GT 4min 02.546secs 5. #50 Saleen 4min 03.142secs Top five – GT2: 1. #64 Corvette 4min 00.888secs 2. #77 Porsche 4min 02.101secs 3. #63 Corvette 4min 02.187secs 4. #82 Ferrari 4min 03.007secs 5. #89 Ferrari 4min 03.046secs :banannasword:

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I used to get these PR hack blurbs from "GM Racing" but they're now calling themselves "Team Chevy?" Anyway....

Team Chevy qualifying 1 report

Racing series LEMANS

Date 2010-06-09

Fast Start for Corvette Racing in First Le Mans Qualifying Session

Corvettes Second and Third in Provisional GT2 Qualifying for 24 Hours of Le Mans

LE MANS, France, June 9, 2010 -- Corvette Racing made a fast start in its GT2 debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Corvette C6.Rs were first and third in the opening four-hour free practice session. After a two-hour break, the first of three qualifying sessions for Saturday's 24 Hours of Le Mans ran from 10 p.m. to midnight on the immense 8.47-mile circuit. Jan Magnussen qualified the No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R second on the provisional GT2 grid at 4:00.097, and Oliver Gavin was third at 4:01.012 in the No. 64 Corvette C6.R. Gianmaria Bruni put the Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT on the provisional GT2 pole with the fastest lap at 3:59.233.

"I'm very happy with where we are," Magnussen said. "There's more qualifying tomorrow, and maybe we'll have another go at it. It's fun chasing a lap time, it's good for team morale, but it's not what we're really here to do. It should be said that we don't have a qualifying setup -- this is the car that we're going to race with. So far, so good, no major issues."

Gavin settled for third after his qualifying run was stymied by traffic and a red flag. "Every time we got even close to going quickly, it seemed there was a car in the way," he said. "On my best lap with the first set of tires it was looking like a good lap until a GT1 car that was just cruising through the Ford chicanes got in my way. We put on another set of tires, I had traffic every lap, and then the red flag flew. You can't just keep going around trying to set a good time -- you've got to focus on the program. It's frustrating, but we still have tomorrow and hopefully the weather will be OK. I think we'll get another shot tomorrow."

Qualifying for the 78th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will continue on Thursday with sessions from 7-9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.

Corvette Racing Quotes:

Jan Magnussen, No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R: "Right off the bat, it's looking good for us. We have to improve where we can, but at least the car came off the truck really well. There is new tarmac from the Porsche Curves almost to the start/finish line. It's very smooth and that helps everyone. There are some new speed bumps in the corners that you want to avoid because they really rattle the car. We have to relearn the course because we have less downforce than the GT1 Corvette and steel brakes. You really feel the difference here at Le Mans because the speeds are so high."

Johnny O'Connell, No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R: "Usually we're fighting for grip in the first few hours of practice here, but when I got in the car for the second stint on a set of tires, the car was pretty good. The guys at Corvette Racing did their job -- we've got good cars, now we just need to work on the little details. Compared to the GT1 car, there's less power, but the braking is surprisingly strong."

Antonio Garcia, No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R: "The last time I drove this car was at Sebring, and I've been driving other types of cars since then. It took me two or three laps to get used to this car again, establish my reference and braking points, and remember what it was like to drive a GT2 car. I had to remind myself that I wasn't in a GT1 Corvette so I built up the speed gradually to avoid forcing a mistake."

Olivier Beretta, No. 64 Compuware Corvette C6.R: "Before we came to Le Mans, we were confident with our testing with the GT2 Corvette. I really have to say that the team has given me the best package in seven years with Corvette Racing. It's the result of experience, a lot of work, and a very good crew. The car was fantastic -- I didn't have to push, I just drove it. I just hope that we keep going in a positive direction. Honestly, after this first day, if the race were to start tomorrow, I'd be happy.

Oliver Gavin, No. 64 Compuware Corvette C6.R: "I'm very encouraged by the way the car is. The circuit was initially very dirty, but after we bedded some brakes and got going, I felt very comfortable with the car. It's doing all the things I want it to do. We compared several different tires and have got a good read on the setup. The braking is a bit different with the GT2 car -- it's not as rapid as it was with the carbon brakes in the GT1 spec. We're also carrying a little more weight, which has an effect. On the other hand, the GT2 car is not pitchy or as nervous as the GT1, and that could play into our hands in the race. The P1 cars do come up quickly, so you have to keep an eye on the rearview mirrors."

Emmanuel Collard, No. 64 Compuware Corvette C6.R: "It was good to be back on the track in a Corvette. My teammates like the car very much. I need a few more laps, but by the end of my stint the car was quite good and the lap times weren't bad, so it's a good start. It's always easier when you start the session and the car is good straight away. It gives you confidence."

-source: team chevy

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So GMRacing moves to GT2 and if the race were to come down to the practice times you posted, Jan Magnussen would get to stand on both the GT2 and the GT1 podiums..... :lol You know that GT1 Asston is not going to survive 24 hours, without Jan, John, or the Ollies to chase they will just blow the motor out of boredom... :bolt:

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Huh? GT1 should still be quicker, less weight, more horses. Regardless, le ACO has sacked the whole GT1 mess for 2011:

GT1 class to be dropped from 2011

By Ben Anderson

Thursday, June 10th 2010, 11:11 GMT

The GT1 class will be dropped from next year's Le Mans 24 Hours under new plans by event organiser, the ACO.

A handful of the new breed of GT1 cars, also competing in the new-for-2010 FIA GT1 World Championship, are racing at Le Mans this year, but will have to be adapted to continue their participation next season.

The ACO plans to create a single 'GT Endurance' category for next year's event, "based on the 2009 GT2 regulations with a few modifications", according to ACO sporting director Vincent Beaumesnil.

"We are delighted to see the success of this category [GT1], but the [2011] FIA GT calendar is not compatible with our series," he said.

"The GT1 cars are also sprint race cars, so they do not comply with the philosophy of endurance [racing]."

The ACO will implement the single set of regs for GT cars from 2011 to 2013, and split the category into two classes: LMGT PRO (for any car and driver line-up) and LMGT AM (for cars at least one year old, and drivers from the silver and bronze categories under the current FIA driver grading system).

Beaumesnil added: "There are lots of gentleman drivers in the Le Mans Series and this will enable them to fight for victory."

When asked if manufacturers like Ford and Nissan, which have built new cars for the FIA GT1 World Championship, could adapt their current models for 2011, Beaumesnil said: "It's quite possible. There's much [talking to be done], but I see no reason why Ford and Nissan can't be at the start next year."

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And today's early session report:

Peugeot still dominant in qualifying

By Steven English

Thursday, June 10th 2010, 19:12 GMT

Peugeot is still on course to sweep the front two rows of the grid after the second of three qualifying sessions for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The two-hour session began on a damp track following a downpour this afternoon. Although it dried throughout, most teams elected to practice pitstops and driver changes early on, and no competitive times were set until well into the second hour.

A flurry of improvements inside the last quarter of an hour jumbled some places down the order, though the frontrunners remained as they were after Wednesday's night session.

Alexander Wurz looked on course to challenge Sebastien Bourdais' pole time from Wednesday, posting several purple sector times towards the end of the session.

Three-time Le Mans pole-sitter Stephane Sarrazin hopped into the #2 Peugeot for the final run and he too came close to challenging Bourdais' benchmark, but both he and Wurz ran into traffic towards the end of their laps and failed to improve.

Marco Andretti put the #12 Rebellion Lola in a provisional 19th after the car failed to set a time during Wednesday's qualifying session.

David Brabham snatched the provisional LMP2 class pole for the Highcroft Racing HPD, pulling out a 3m34.537s to move 1.6 seconds clear of the Strakka HPD. The ASM Ginetta-Zytek remains a distant third.

The GT1 class-leading Young Driver Aston Martin only emerged for the last 15 minutes of the session with Tomas Enge behind the wheel, but held its top spot by just 0.3s from the Marc VDS Ford GT, which moved ahead of the #60 Matech Ford.

Toni Vilander lifted the sole remaining AF Corse Ferrari to second in the GT2 class, behind #82 Risi Ferrari which Gianmaria Bruni put on provisional pole yesterday. The #63 Corvette is now third, behind Vilander.

The second AF Corse Ferrari, of Mika Salo, Matias Russo and Luis Companc, has been withdrawn from the event following the damage sustained to the car in Russo's accident at the Porsche Curves last night.

Incidents this evening included a crash for Jean-Christophe Boullion at the Porsche Curves in the #13 Rebellion Racing Lola. Jacques Nicolet also spun the #34 Oak Racing Pescarolo at the final chicane after contact from Stephane Salini in the WR-Zytek.

Manuel Rodrigues had a spin in the #14 Kolles Audi R10 with the nose just kissing the barrier, and Mike Newton spun the #25 RML Lola on his out-lap inside the last 10 minutes.

The Drayson Lola stopped at the pitlane exit with an electrical problem, but Jonny Cocker managed to restart and coax the car back to the pits. The Spyker and the #15 Kolles car also suffered from mechanical niggles.

The JMW Motorsport Aston Martin sat out the session while having a new engine and gearbox fitted.

Film at eleven. :chris

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Huh? GT1 should still be quicker, less weight, more horses. Regardless, le ACO has sacked the whole GT1 mess for 2011:

Top five – GT1:

Top five – GT2:

1. #52 Aston Martin 3min 56.839secs

2. #72 Corvette 3min 59.752secs

1. #64 Corvette 4min 00.888secs

3. #70 Ford GT 4min 01.665secs

2. #77 Porsche 4min 02.101secs

3. #63 Corvette 4min 02.187secs

4. #60 Ford GT 4min 02.546secs

4. #82 Ferrari 4min 03.007secs

5. #89 Ferrari 4min 03.046secs

5. #50 Saleen 4min 03.142secs

Unless I'm seeing something wrong, isn't GT2 just about as fast as GT1 ?????

If I'm wrong, at least it's a pretty post!

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Dawg is pretty!

Q & A with Johnny O'Connell

By Stuart Codling, Autosport.com

Thursday, June 10th 2010, 17:56 GMT

Corvette may have been kept off the top spot by Ferrari in the first qualifying session at Le Mans, but the team remains sanguine about its pace around the Circuit de la Sarthe - not least because it does not use qualifying tyres.

Johnny O'Connell has been on the Corvette squad since 2001 and shares the #63 entry with Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia. Here he talks to AUTOSPORT about preparing the new GT2 C6 ZR1 for Le Mans, how it stacks up against its competitors, and the lost art of mechanical sympathy.

Q. You've got a new car and engine package but [Corvette programme manager] Doug Fehan says you're as prepared as you're ever going to be. What does it actually take to be properly prepared for a race like this?

Johnny O'Connell: The best preparation is to have done one before. After Sebring we went back and completed 24 hours of running on our package without an issue. But it was not consecutive. We'd come in, get gas and tyres and then go, so we got in the full 24 hours, but obviously there was an overnight wait and then we had the Sunday off after the 12-hour race, so there was a gap before we did the next 12 hours of running.

So, are we prepared? Yeah. But of course, when you get in the race you never know what's gonna break. We had a power steering failure on the #3 car at Sebring that really ruined our race – we could have won.

Q. How satisfied are you with your pace so far?

JOC: We don't run a qualifying set-up so we were pretty pleased with how things went last night. We're going to run what will be a hard, competitive pace. I think that all of us drivers are way more apprehensive about our pace than the engineers were. The engineers – they can be pretty confident. Normally when we come here we're not happy on the first day. It's not until the late session on Thursday that you start feeling good.

But we rolled off pretty good. We're pretty close on set-up. We've got a little more work to do to understand how the different Michelin compounds are going to work for us, but we've found some things that the car likes.

Q. There's a great variety of machinery in the GT2 class. Do you find that there is a spread of abilities between the different cars?

JOC: I haven't been around the Porsches or Ferraris much, but I've been around the BMWs. Certain areas they have us, certain areas we have them. It's difficult to tell because they're running Dunlops – I don't know how those tyres are going to perform for them here, or what set-ups they were running yesterday.

We're not going to really know what everyone else has until we're out there in the race with them. Quite often, if I'm running and I've got a car in front of me, and he's going to show me what he's going to do – okay, then I'll learn. If I see a competitor behind me in a practice session, I'll let them go because I don't want them to know what I'm capable of doing.

Q. You've got John Fitch [co-driver of one of the first group of Corvettes to race at Le Mans in 1960] here this weekend and he's talked about the perils of racing in production-based machinery. How glad are you that modern GTs are more robust?

JOC: A lot! One of the cool things about sportscar racing has been the way it's evolved. When I started, if you could lap Le Mans in 4m00s, you'd race at 4m05s or even a bit slower to preserve the machinery. Nowadays, since I've been racing with the Corvettes, every lap is as hard as you can go.

It's a great way to approach things, but it certainly gives you a lot of respect for the people who went before. In the old days you'd hear a lot about mechanical sympathy – guys who weren't just good at being fast, they were good at looking after their equipment. It's still a useful skill, but we don't need it in the large doses they used to have.

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Looks like the vettes qualified 2nd and 3rd in GT2.... :cfdeadagain

Bourdais clinches pole for Peugeot

By Steven English

Thursday, June 10th 2010, 22:12 GMT

Peugeot hammered home its advantage over Audi in final qualifying for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours by cementing its sweep of the first two rows of the grid in final qualifying.

Le Mans born Sebastien Bourdais was the man to clinch pole position, with his 3m19.711s effort on Wednesday proving good enough to grasp the top spot.

Stephane Sarrazin, who had taken the last three consecutive 24 Hours poles, was denied the opportunity to extend his streak when the final stint in the #2 car was given to Nicolas Minassian.

Audi had closed the gap to the Peugeots, with first Allan McNish moving into the 3m22s and then Mike Rockenfeller launching one into the 3m21s - less than eight tenths slower than the fourth-placed ORECA Peugeot.

But just as Audi's hopes of challenging Peugeot's dominant pace gathered steam, the French marque sent its cars out for one last crushing run.

None of the four cars improved their times over the benchmarks they set on Wednesday, but Bourdais, Minassian and Nicolas Lapierre shared purple sectors lap after lap to underline the cushion they have enjoyed over Audi since rolling the 908s off the trucks.

"It was a really, really strong effort," said Bourdais. "Everyone is really happy with the performance of the car and how comfortable it is to drive it. I am very proud to put the #3 car on pole, but this is only the start.

"Obviously we are happy that they [Audi] didn't put on a great show, or display a great amount of speed, but honestly we just focused on our own things - to make our car the fastest one and to be in a good position for the race. Then the tough job is still ahead of us, so we're not going to get carried away. We will just stay smart and be conservative when we have to.

"I'm impressed with the margin of progress we displayed [over last year]. The way the car drives now compared to last year is very much appreaciated. I couldn't really throw it all before, but now I really feel like I can."

Danny Watts and Strakka Racing took the LMP2 class lead back from Highcroft in the battle of the HPDs. David Brabham had swept ahead in this evening's earlier qualifying segment, but Watts countered early on tonight with an effort another 1.5s quicker.

Tomas Enge's best lap from Wednesday proved enough to hold on to the GT1 top spot. Bas Leinders had moved the #70 Marc VDS Ford GT into second earlier this evening and tonight Romain Grosjean took his Matech-run Ford into third.

Olivier Beretta and Antonio Garcia vaulted the two works Corvettes ahead of the remaining AF Corse Ferrari to second and third in GT2. But Gianmaria Bruni's Wednesday effort in the #82 Risi Competizione Ferrari stood unbeaten at the head of the class.

There were fewer incidents in the final two hours of qualifying as teams closed in on their final race preparations. Though the Dunlop chicane still claimed a hat-trick of victims after some drizzle mid-way through the session - the #88 Felbermayr Porsche, Bryce Miller in the JMW Aston Martin and Jean Alesi in the AF Corse Ferrari all had a spin on the approach.

The #24 Oak Racing Pescarolo stopped on the track between the Esses and Tertre Rouge, and Oliver Jarvis had to limp back to the pits in the #15 Kolles Audi R10 after its left rear tyre disintegrated.

Pos Drivers Cls Car Time Gap

1. Lamy/Bourdais/Pagenaud P1 Peugeot 908 3:19.711

2. Wurz/Davidson/Gene P1 Peugeot 908 3:20.317 +0.606

3. Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian P1 Peugeot 908 3:20.325 +0.614

4. Panis/Lapierre/Duval P1 ORECA Peugeot 908 3:21.192 +1.481

5. Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller P1 Audi R15 3:21.981 +2.270

6. Kristensen/McNish/Capello P1 Audi R15 3:22.176 +2.465

7. Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer P1 Audi R15 3:23.605 +3.894

8. Mucke/Fernandez/Primat P1 Lola-Aston Martin 3:26.680 +6.969

9. Turner/Hancock/Barazi P1 Lola-Aston Martin 3:26.747 +7.036

10. Ayari/Andre/Meyrick P1 ORECA 01-AIM 3:29.506 +9.795

11. Mailleux/Ragues/Ickx P1 Signature Aston 3:29.774 +10.063

12. Bouchut/Tucker/Rodrigues P1 Kolles Audi R10 3:30.907 +11.196

13. Jarvis/Albers/Bakkerud P1 Kolles Audi R10 3:31.661 +11.950

14. Pirro/Cocker/Drayson P1 Drayson Lola 3:31.862 +12.151

15. Watts/Kane/Leventis P2 Strakka HPD ARX-01 3:33.079 +13.368

16. Jani/Andretti/Prost P1 Rebellion Lola 3:33.490 +13.779

17. Brabham/Franchitti/Werner P2 Highcroft HPD 3:34.537 +14.826

18. N.Mansell/G.Mansell/L.Mansell P1 Beechdean Ginetta 3:36.897 +17.186

19. Belicchi/Boullion/Smith P1 Rebellion Lola 3:37.093 +17.382

20. Erdos/Newton/Wallace P2 RML Lola HPD 3:39.648 +19.937

21. Hughes/Amaral/Pla P2 ASM Ginetta-Zytek 3:40.532 +20.821

22. Moreau/Charouz/Lahaye P2 Oak Pescarolo 3:41.310 +21.599

23. Lewis/Burgess/Willman P1 Autocon Lola-AER 3:43.167 +23.456

24. Pirri/Cioci/Perrazzini P2 Racing Box Lola 3:47.971 +28.260

25. Greaves/Ojjeh/Chalandon P2 Bruichladdich 3:51.189 +31.478

26. Noda/Pourtales/Kennard P2 KSM Lola-Judd 3:51.310 +31.599

27. Hein/Nicolet/Yvon P2 Oak Pescarolo 3:52.008 +32.297

28. Schell/da Rocha/Zollinger P2 Pegasus Norma 3:52.837 +33.126

29. P.Salini/S.Salini/Gommendy P2 WR/Salini WR 3:53.109 +33.398

30. Rostan/Meichtry/Bruneau P2 Race Perf Radical 3:53.942 +34.231

31. Enge/Nygaard/Kox GT1 YD Aston 3:55.025 +35.314

32. Leinders/Palttala/de Doncker GT1 Marc VDS Ford GT 3:55.356 +35.645

33. Grosjean/Mutsch/Hirschi GT1 Matech Ford GT 3:55.583 +35.872

34. Jousse/Gouselard/Massen GT1 Alphand Corvette 3:58.810 +39.099

35. Policand/Gregoire/Hart GT1 Alphand Corvette 3:58.906 +39.195

36. Bruni/Melo/Kaffer GT2 Risi Ferrari 3:59.233 +39.522

37. Gavin/Beretta/Collard GT2 Corvette 3:59.435 +39.724

38. O'Connell/Magnussen/Garcia GT2 Corvette 3:59.793 +40.082

39. Alesi/Fisichella/Vilander GT2 AF Corse Ferrari 3:59.837 +40.126

40. Allemann/Gachnang/Frey GT1 Matech Ford GT 4:01.628 +41.917

41. Lieb/Lietz/Henzler GT2 Felbermayr Porsche 4:01.640 +41.929

42. Pilet/Narac/Long GT2 IMSA Porsche 4:01.755 +42.044

43. Farfus/J.Muller/Alzen GT2 BMW M3 4:01.893 +42.182

44. Westbrook/Scheider/Holzer GT2 BMS Porsche 4:02.014 +42.303

45. Farnbacher/Simonsen/Keen GT2 Hankook Ferrari 4:02.427 +42.716

46. Bergmeister/Law/Neiman GT2 Fl. Lizard Porsche 4:02.685 +42.974

47. Gardel/Berville/Canal GT1 Larbre Saleen 4:03.175 +43.464

48. Priaulx/D.Muller/Werner GT2 BMW M3 4:03.215 +43.504

49. Krohn/Jonsson/van de Poele GT2 Risi Ferrari 4:03.959 +44.248

50. Coronel/Dumbreck/Bleekemolen GT2 Spyker 4:04.057 +44.346

51. Bell/Sugden/Miller GT2 JMW Aston Martin 4:04.303 +44.592

52. Yogo/Iiri/Yamanishi GT1 JLOC Lamborghini 4:05.170 +45.459

53. v.Splunteren/Hommerson/MachielGT2 Prospeed Porsche 4:10.017 +50.306

54. Felbermayr/Felbermayr/Konopka GT2 Felbermayr Porsche 4:10.054 +50.343

55. Goossens/Dalziel/Gentilozzi GT2 Jaguar XKR 4:12.431 +52.720

56. Salo/Russo/Companc GT2 AF Corse Ferrari withdrawn

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Ooops, change of plans, Corvettes took 1st and 2nd in qualifying in last nights session:

Corvette Racing Qualifies One-Two in GT2 at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Gavin and Magnussen Improve Times in Second Night of Qualifying

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LE MANS, France, June 10, 2010 - Corvette Racing took the top two spots on the qualifying list in its debut in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Oliver Gavin improved his time in the Thursday night session to 3:59.435 in the No. 64 Compuware Corvette C6.R. The Risi Competizione Ferrari, which had been on the provisional GT2 pole, was subsequently disqualified for a technical infraction, promoting Gavin to the No. 1 spot in GT2. Jan Magnussen also posted a quicker lap at 3:59.793 to put the No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R second in the GT2 category. The two Corvettes and the No. 95 AF Corse Ferrari were the only GT2 cars to qualify under four minutes on the 8.47-mile circuit.

"As always here in qualifying, it was a bit of a banzai run," said Gavin. "The guys sent me out with great tires and good position on the track. I felt that if only we could get a clean lap and I could get it all together, the time would be there.

"I made a small mistake coming out of Dunlop chicane - I got on the Astroturf and it spun the rear tires up. I was concentrating on the chicanes and I got through those cleanly, and then I stumbled upon a GT1 car in the second chicane. I pushed like crazy for the rest of the lap, and in the Porsche Curves I was really holding on. The Ford chicane was still a little damp, so I had to hold my breath and wing it. I'm very pleased with my lap.

"It looks like Le Mans is going to be a fantastic race between us and Ferrari and Porsche," said the Briton. "This event has really been our focus, and the Corvette has come on strong."

Magnussen's bid for the GT2 pole was stymied by traffic. "The car was really good but the traffic was horrendous," he said. "It seems that when it gets dark, some people forget where the track goes. I'm encouraged by how well the car handled and everything worked. I would have liked to have a shot at the pole, which I really believe the car was capable of. It's a really good starting point."

The second night of qualifying for this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans began and ended under threatening skies, but only occasional sprinkles arrived at the circuit. The first two-hour session began on a damp track, and yielded several changes in the qualifying order in the final minutes. The No. 95 Ferrari ran the second quickest time at 3:59.837 to move the No. 63 and No. 64 Compuware Corvettes to third and fourth respectively in the GT2 rankings.

The Corvette drivers waited patiently in their pit stalls for 40 minutes before venturing onto the track, which was still damp following afternoon rains. When they began to run in earnest after nearly an hour had elapsed, Gavin and Magnussen turned laps within a few seconds off their qualifying pace on Wednesday as a dry line developed. The time was well spent, however, as the Corvette Racing crew evaluated tires and suspension settings under changing conditions. Both cars ran the full two-hour second session with all six drivers turning laps in preparation for the world's most celebrated sports car race.

Corvette Racing Quotes:

Jan Magnussen, No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R: "The track was actually quite dry and we were able to get some competitive times at the end. It's tricky, though, because if you get a little off the line into the damp stuff, even though there is run-off area, it's not big enough at the speeds we're going. I think the car worked well. We tested a tire combination we hadn't tried before - it was good for several laps, and then I think the track conditions changed. That's all valuable information."

Oliver Gavin, No. 64 Compuware Corvette C6.R: "Any time you can spend on the track at Le Mans is fantastic because it's such a unique place. The conditions were tricky and the track was evolving. We tried a Michelin tire that we hadn't run on before, and we got some valuable data on that. The difficulty was that you could get going pretty well on the first two-thirds of the lap, and then when you arrived at the Porsche Curves, the track was still somewhat damp. You had to be very careful through those spots. Overall I felt very comfortable with the car."

The 24 Hours of Le Mans will start at 3:00 p.m. CET (9:00 a.m. ET) on Saturday, June 12. SPEED will televise the start of the race live from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET on June 12, and continue coverage from 6:00 p.m. to the race finish at 9:30 a.m. ET on June 13. Streaming video can be viewed on www.speed.com from 12:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET on June 12, and flag-to-flag audio coverage will be available on www.radiolemans.com.

Pos./Car No./Drivers/Car/Time

1. (64) Gavin/Beretta/Collard, Corvette C6.R, 3:59.435

2. (63) O'Connell/Magnussen/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 3:59.793

3. (95) Alesi/Fisichella/Vilander, Ferrari 430 GTC, 3:59.837

4. (77) Lieb/Lietz/Henzler, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, 4:01.640

5. (76) Pilet/Narac/Long, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, 4:01.755

6. (78) Muller/Farfus/Alzen, BMW M3 E-92, 4:01.893

7. (97) Westbrook/Scheider/Holzer, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, 4:01.014

8. (89) Farnbacher/Simonsen/Keen, Ferrari 430 GTC,4:02.427

9. (80) Neiman/Law/Bergmeister, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, 4:02.685

10. (79) Priaulx/Muller/Werner, BMW M3 E-92, 4:03.215

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2 missing millimeters of rear wing Gurney flap turned a good GT2 debut into a GREAT Corvette C6R opening performance at Le Mans 2010. :edward:

ACO statement on LM GT2 penalty

Racing series LEMANS

Date 2010-06-11

Risi #82 LM GT2 pole time cancelled due to minor wing irregularity.

The #83 Risi Competizione LM GT2 Ferrari F 430 GT driven by Tracy Krohn, Niclas Jonsson and Eric van de Poele set a potential LM GT2 pole time, only to have it cancelled last night when an ACO official discovered a minor irregularity with the car's rear wing during a routine check. This will mean that they start the race from the back of the grid.

The team are obviously disappointed with their own mistake, but they are still confident.

Shame on you Risi...what advantage would that have given anyway?

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-And take a lap at Le Mans in the new GT2 Corvette,, if you can get the video to work that is. :cfdeadagain

Remember to set your Tivos for.....24 hours?

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Well the #64 just pulled off the track, what a shame too, they had the race because no one else could touch them!!! Both vettes are done now!!! (where's the crying smilie ??? )

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Here's the only blurb I can find! The #63 stopped on track with mechanical issues while the #64 – driven at the time by Emmanuel Collard – was forced off into the wall at the Porsche Curves by Davidson's Peugeot and was forced to return slowly to the pits for repairs to heavy rear damage. The issues for the two Corvettes has left Felbermayr-Proton topping the GT2 class with the Ferrari of Giancarlo Fisichella and Jean Alesi in second. The #64 is now fourth and faces a battle to back into the podium positions. Since then the #64 has pulled off blowing smoke out the drivers side exhaust pipe..

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Live interview just now on Speed with Anthony Davidson, driver of the 3rd place Peugot that ran the #64 off the track earlier...

I heard they crashed, kind of servers them right (the Corvettes) they always try to defend ...

We're a hell of a lot quicker so we can easily overtake through there.... I wasn't going to be put off, I was coming through whether he liked it or not!

They should take caution to defend their lead, I was on a charge trying to get position to win this damn thing..

We're on the charge and they were conserving.. it's not my fault!

So the 3rd place P1 cut the corner and ran the 1st place GT2 Corvette off causing major damage.. What an AZZHAT !!

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It was just too good to be true, the vettes were DOMINATING, sure the Risi Ferrari was fast, but after they broke this thing was o-v-e-r.....I hate french cars. :huh

Le Mans 2010: To finish first, first you must finish

It's the most important axiom of motorsports: If your car isn't running at the checkered flag, it really doesn't matter how fast you run. Nowhere is that more true than at Le Mans. The field that began with 55 cars gradually dwindled through the night. At the midway point, the #2 Peugeot led two of the Audis with the #1 car battling back from a mechanical malady.

Through the night, the Audis powered on mostly trouble-free aside from a half shaft failure in the #7 car, which lost several laps in the pits getting repaired. Meanwhile, the #1 Peugeot was reeling in laps while clocking times that were faster faster than the ones it threw down on qualifying. This, as it tried to recover from a failed alternator. Anthony Davidson ran on the ragged edge for hours on end through the dark - something that would eventually come back to bite the Corvette Racing team after daybreak.

The Corvettes had inherited the top two spots in GT2 following the retirement of the #82 Risi Ferrari with a broken gearbox selection system. For a decade in the GT1 class, the C5.R and C6.R had been largely bulletproof thanks to the impeccable preparation of the Pratt and Miller crew. Over that period, the Corvettes had scored six GT1/GTS class victories in France and had never experienced an engine failure.

As they say, never say never. Sixteen hours into the race, the second-place #63 Corvette left the pits in the hands of Antonio Garcia after taking over from Johnny O'Connell. Garcia never made it to the Indianapolis corner before the 5.5-liter V8 packed it in.

The #64 Corvette was more than a lap ahead of the second-place Porsche of Team Felbermayr Proton when Davidson came upon it at speed in the Porsche curves. The Peugeot driver was desperately trying to catch the leading Audis and made an aggressive maneuver that sent the #63 Corvette spinning off into the wall, causing extensive damage to the rear bodywork. Emmanuel Collard managed to nurse the heavily damaged car back to the garage where the Corvette Racing crew showed off its incredible skills and professionalism, getting the #63 repaired and back on track in just 31 minutes. After the car was back out on the circuit, Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan told SPEED TV (we're paraphrasing), "I don't believe any other crew in the paddock could have done that."

Oliver Gavin promptly set his fastest lap of the race. Unfortunately there was invisible damage in the powertrain and before long, Gavin rolled to a stop, white smoke coming from the exhaust, and the Corvette Racing team's day was done.

Peugeot's Davidson motored on, picking up time on the Germans after the race-leading #2 Peugeot driven by Frank Montagny had retired in a blast of flame from the right rear corner at about 7 am local time. However, it wasn't meant to be for the #1 car, either. With the #1 Peugeot in the hands of Alex Wurz, a cloud of smoke emerged from that same corner just over two hours from the finish. Wurz nursed the car back to the pits, but the puddle of black oil on the pit floor as the car was rolled into the garage told the tale. All three of the factory Peugeots were out of the race, leaving only team Oreca's 908 to represent the marque on the circuit.

Unfortunately for Oreca, their gold, blue and silver 908 was equally doomed with just 75 minutes to go. A blast of flame from that same rear corner erupted yet again, and with that, the Peugeot defense of last years Le Mans victory was over.

That left the three Audi R15 TDIs to cruise to the finish, being careful not to do anything stupid. The young driver team of Mike Rockenfeller, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas in the #9 R15+ inherited the lead when the #2 Peugeot went out and stayed there for the duration, followed by the #8 and #7 cars. After last year's disappointing loss to Peugeot, Audi had swept the podium and tied Ferrari with its 9th Le Mans victory..

In LMP2 this year, a car formerly badged as an Acura made its debut in France as the HPD ARX-01c. UK-based Strakka Racing has been campaigning the former Fernandez Racing ALMS car, and it ran largely without problem in LMP2. By the end of the race, Strakka had moved up to fifth place overall. The Highcroft Racing HPD gave Strakka a good challenge until it began suffering persistent cooling problems with about 5 hours to go. The Highcroft machine spent much of the race's last two hours in the garage before being rolled back out for the finish so that it could be classified.

In GT1, Larbre Competition Saleen S7R kept on cruising after taking the lead following the retirement of the #60 Ford GT. The ten-year-old Saleen was followed by the Luc Alphand Corvette C6.R (an ex-Corvette Racing factory car) and the Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9 as the only finishers in GT1.

Finally, in GT2, the Team Felbermayr Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR picked up the class lead after the retirement of the #64 Corvette and held it all the way to the end. Second in GT2 was the Hankook Farnbacher Ferrari F430 driven by South Carolina native Leh Keen, with the BMS Scuderia Italia Porsche 911 rounding out the GT2 podium

The winning Audi completed 397 laps over 24 hours for 3,367 miles, the fastest Le Mans ever.

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Corvette Racing retirement report

Racing series LEMANS

Date 2010-06-13

Corvette Racing's Le Mans Ends with No. 64 Corvette Retirement

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Mechanical Problem Sidelines Gavin at 18 Hours

LE MANS, France, June 13, 2010 -- Corvette Racing's bid for its first GT2 title in the 24 Hours of Le Mans ended this morning at 9:42 a.m. when the No. 64 Corvette C6.R retired with an apparent engine problem. Driver Oliver Gavin nursed the car to a marshal's station at Mulsanne corner, where it was pushed behind the barriers and officially retired.

"The guys fixed the car brilliantly after the crash, and I was able to run my fastest lap of the race with a rebuilt car," Gavin said. "The Corvette Racing team is fantastic, and I literally trust them with my life. I'm impressed with their spirit, guts, and determination to take on everybody. We had the fastest car for 18 hours, but unfortunately it wasn't enough.

"It's frustrating that we get so far into it, we prove that we have the speed and the pace to win the race, and then a crazy move by one of the Peugeot drivers forced Manu off the road at a very dangerous spot," said Gavin. "Everybody has to share the track; we are racing four different classes, and every driver has to have respect for the others. That accident was huge, but it shows the strength of the car that Manu was able to drive back to the pits and climb out without an injury."

After six wins in the GTS/GT1 class at Le Mans, Corvette Racing was bidding for its first GT2 title in the world's most famous sports car race. The Corvettes qualified 1-2 and dominated the race until a series of mishaps took them out of the running.

"There are different ways to make history, and today's result certainly wasn't what we set out to accomplish," said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. "At the end of the day, you have to look at what you did accomplish and the goals that you had set.

"The Corvettes qualifying first and second in an extremely competitive class validated all of the time spent designing and developing the GT2 Corvette C6.R," he noted. "Second, we demonstrated the value of safety engineering being transferred from production to racing. The No. 63 Corvette had a huge impact, but Emmanuel walked away and is feeling fine. That's a testament to the product relevance of the Corvette Racing program.

"So now we go back, we work harder, we improve ourselves, and we look forward to coming back next to achieve our goal of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans," Fehan said. "We never give up at Corvette Racing."

Corvette Racing's next event is the American Le Mans Series Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City. The 2-hour, 45-minute race will begin at 2:35 p.m. MT on Sunday, July 11, and will be televised live on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. ET.

-source: gm racing/cr

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We'll see you frenchies next year.....at Sebring and the Petit Le Mans events as well, plenty of opportunities for payback. Take no prisoner's! Peugeot surely got theirs with not a single car finishing the race, they deserved it. Watching the vettes dominate up till then was awesome!

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Hold your horses....

LM24: GT2 Results Not Final

Top two finishers' engines under review.

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Shortly after the finish of the 78th Le Mans 24 Hours it became clear that the battle in the LM GT2 category had ended on track, but was likely to go ahead beyond Le Mans. Today the Automobile Club de l’Ouest informed the teams that the classification is indeed not final.

The first placed number 77 Team Felbermayr Proton Porsche 997 GT3 RSR (Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Wolf Henzler) and the #89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Ferrari F430 GT2 (Dominik Farnbacher, Allan Simonsen and Leh Keen) did not immediately clear scrutineering at Le Mans and this afternoon the technical delegate of the ACO, Daniel Perdrix confirmed that the engines on both cars will be undergoing further checks.

It is expected that the results of these inspections will be announced in early July. As a result the full LM GT2 classification is now suspended, as are the general classification and the Michelin Green X Challenge classification from the first LM GT2 car.

If the ACO finds nothing irregular on the two cars the results will stay as they are. Should there be something irregular they could be excluded and that could promote the BMS Scuderia Italia Porsche 997 GT3 RSR to first place, with AF Corse and IMSA Performance Matmut taking second and third.


It’s unclear what the exact issue could be, but the ACO and FIA have been known to spend additional time analyzing components from top-placing cars before finalizing the results. There's no definitive indication that both cars could be thrown out of the race.

To be continued… :cfdeadagain

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