No matter how prepared a team is, Le Mans has a habit of throwing up the unexpected. ELUSIVE EIGHTH WORDS Marshall Pruett MAIN IMAGE Richard Prince/Corvette Racing
s the owner of seven class wins from
its first 12 visits to the 24 Hours of
Le Mans, expectations are always high
when Corvette Racing rolls unloads its
pair of C6.R racecars at La Sarthe.
So far, so good... The
No. 73 C6.R of Jan
Garcia and Jordan
Taylor thunders into the
night. But trouble would
follow, leaving it fifth in
GTE Pro at the finish.
have been tempered by four straight years
of interrupted runs to the checkered flag.
“We had, once again, prepared ourselves
extremely well, but Le Mans likes to throw
the unexpected at you.”
Gavin, who shared the No. 74 entry
with his ALMS co-driver Tommy Milner
and endurance specialist Richard
Westbrook, saw the cartoon anvil headed
for his Corvette when the rarest of
scenarios cropped up on pit lane – a wheel
nut wasn’t properly tightened during a
routine stop – which started a rapid decline
in fortunes for the class-leading car.