C7.R: LE DÉBUT
Corvette Racing’s exploits at the world’s greatest endurance
race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, are legendary. This year, the
American challengers came with an all-new car, the C7.R.
o stand on the top step of the GTE Pro
podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, first
you must beat Corvette Racing.
Since making their debut in 2000, the
Corvettes had thundered to seven victories
in various iterations of the GT class, with the
mightiest ’Vette of them all, the C6.R, taking
four of those between 2005 and 2011.
Wait a minute...2011? That was three
years ago – a lifetime in Corvette Racing
terms. Which only added to the pressure
on the all-new C7.R as it made its debut at
the world’s most famous endurance race.
With two TUDOR United SportsCar
Championship wins under its belt, Corvette
Racing headed to France on a tear. But the
challenge of Le Mans is like no other, and
the C7.Rs fell just short of an eighth win.
The No. 73 machine of Antonio Garcia,
Jan Magnussen and Jordan Taylor fought
back from delays in the night to finish
second in GTE Pro, with the sister No. 74
machine coming in fourth in class.
As Magnussen noted afterward: “We
had the car to win, but as so often
happens at Le Mans, things get in the
way. But everybody performed flawlessly.”
Roll on 2015 in the quest for eight...
IMAGES Camden Thrasher
A moment of reflection... At the 24 Hours of
Le Mans, the cars are the stars. But the guys
keeping them on track, whatever the challenges
thrown at them, are the unsung heroes.