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|2014 Season Halftime Update|
|July 19 2014 12:32:10 AM EST|
|The inaugural season of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship has seen many ups and downs, as expected. Combining the different philosophies of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am series was no small task.|
Thankfully for us, in the GTLM class, very little was changed, but the series as a whole has gone through some teething pains. The good news is that IMSA and all the parties involved have been working non-stop to address all issues from the fundamentals of event scheduling and set-up to the on-track product and everything in between.
Racer.com's Marshall Pruett has put together a fantastic series of articles called "State of the Union" for each of the 4 classes.
State of the Union: Prototype
State of the Union: PC
State of the Union: GTLM
State of the Union: GTD
Here are the points, as of after Mosport (Round 6 of 11)
GTLM DRIVER/TEAM POINTS
1. #3 Corvette (190pts)
2. #55 BMW (-19pts)
2. #91 Viper (-19pts)
3. #93 Viper (-20pts)
4. #911 Porsche (-25pts)
4. #4 Corvette (-25pts)
5. #56 BMW (-29pts)
6. #912 Porsche (-33pts)
GTLM MANUFACTURE POINTS
1. Chevrolet (194pts)
2. Porsche (-8pts)
3. BMW (-10pts)
4. SRT (-14pts)
5. Ferrari (-32pts)
NORTH AMERICAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
GTLM DRIVER/TEAM POINTS
1. #4 Corvette (28pts)
2. #911 Porsche (-1pts)
3. #3 Corvette (-2pts)
3. #91 Viper (-2pts)
4. #93 Viper (-3pts)
4. #912 Porsche (-3pts)
5. #55 BMW (-7pts)
6. #56 BMW (-9pts)
NORTH AMERICAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
GTLM MANUFACTURE POINTS
1. Porsche (36pts)
1. Chevrolet (-1pts)
3. SRT (-4pts)
3. BMW (-13pts)
5. Ferrari (-18pts)
Corvette Racing has had a fantastic season thus far. Out of the box, the new C7.R has been major leap forward from the C6.R. Minor mechanical issues hurt the team in the first two rounds but since then the team has won 4 races in a row, and had a podium finish at Le Mans.
Unfortunately it has been the #3 Corvette that has gotten all the glory. Although the #4 Corvette has performed well, luck has not been on their side. Other competitors causing contact with the #4 in all of the past three rounds have taken the team out of podium contention each time. Oliver Gavin tells us at the most recent round at Mosport the #4 Corvette had suffered from a chassis imbalance.
Gavin states - "Before we head off to Indianapolis for the next round of the United SportsCar Championship, our car is going to be thoroughly examined and all the set up decisions we’ve made over the last few races will be analysed and re-examined to try and figure out the chassis imbalance we’ve had. It feels like with five races to go we’re starting from zero again but hope we can now all look forward and not back."
7/17/14 a new set of BoP changes were released for the GTLM class. The Porsche 911 RSR has received a 0.7 mm increase in air restrictor. Additionally, the Porsche is permitted to use a 25 mm larger front splitter and reconfigured rear wing
The Ferrari sheds 30 kg, gains a 0.6 mm larger air restrictor, adjustment in the height of the rear wing, and can run in its 2011 rear wing profile.
The Corvette C7.R gets 25 kg of additional weight, while the BMW Z4 GTE loses 15 kgs.
Five rounds remain in the 2014 season - Indianapolis, Road America, VIR, COTA, & Petit Le Mans
REMINDER - The next round at Indianapolis is on FRIDAY 7/25/14 at 7pm ET on FS1
|July 14 2014 10:35:10 PM EST|
|For round 6 of 11 we head north of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport).|
Corvette has dominated this track, winning 12 times in the past 15 years.
Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia in the #3 Corvette C7.R have been on a roll, coming off of 3 wins in a row is the ultra competitive GTLM class, while their team mates Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin in the #4 Corvette C7.R have had the pace, but have lacked the luck so far this season.
In qualifying the #3 car took P2 while the #4 car was struggling with the setup and took P4. Top 5 in GTLM were within 0.3 seconds. The #93 Viper took the pole.
A heavy rain came through the morning of race day and Corvette Racing took 1-2 overall in morning warm-up, ahead of the top class prototypes.
As race time came, the rain disappeared and we had a sunny and dry racetrack. We saw a close battle, what we are calling Jake vs The Snake, for the first hour until the #93 Viper ran off course and the #3 Corvette took the lead. At that point it was just a matter of executing the perfect pit stops and managing traffic. The #3 crew performed flawlessly and took home their 4th victory in a row.
The #4 Corvette was running well and was up to P3 until a slower GTD class Ferrari made contact and spun our the Corvette. No damage was done to the car, but this put the Corvette down to P7, virtually killing any chance of a podium finish. The race went caution free and the #4 finished P7. This is the 3rd race in a row that the #4 Corvette has been taken out of podium contention by another car on track.
VIDEO: Race Broadcast
Driver Points, Post-Mosport:
1. ANTONIO GARCIA / JAN MAGNUSSEN (190pts)
2. BILL AUBERLEN / ANDY PRIAULX (-19pts)
2. MARC GOOSSENS / DOMINIK FARNBACHER (-19pts)
3. JONATHAN BOMARITO / KUNO WITTMER(-20pts)
4. OLIVER GAVIN / TOMMY MILNER (-25pts)
*Driver/Team/Manufacture points are not officially posted as of the time of this post. When they are posted, they can be found HERE.
The next round is at the Indianapolis road course, FRIDAY 7/25 at 7:00pm ET on FS1
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|2014 Watkins Glen: Results|
|July 01 2014 12:50:26 AM EST|
|Corvette Racing has never been to Watkins Glen in their 15 years of racing.|
While the team was in France for the 24hrs of Le Mans, most of the other GTLM teams were at WGI testing. Meanwhile Corvette Racing had less than 2 weeks to ship the cars back to Pratt & Miller, rebuild the cars, and arrive at WGI for the weekend.
Qualifying: Top 9 in GTLM covered 1 second. #3 Corvette was P2, and the #4 Corvette was P7.
Race: After 2 laps, Jan Magnussen put the #3 Corvette C7.R into the lead.....and never looked back. The #3 car lead nearly flag to flag to take their 3rd victory in a row.
Tommy Milner in the #4 Corvette drove from 7th on the grid to 2nd within the first 5 min of the race. The pair lead the the race 1-2 for 5 hours until the #4 Corvette was called into the penalty box for a stop and go, pushing them down to 4th.
The penalty was originally a stop plus hold for 70 seconds, but it was under review for over an hour. After a full driver stint, the call was made for the stop and go penalty, killing the #4 car's race. The incident in question was questionable at best, and did not deserve a penalty. See for yourself. The pass happenes after 8:00.
|2014 Le Mans 24hr: Results|
|June 16 2014 06:38:53 PM EST|
|Just before the official test day, there was an official BoP test for the GTE manufactures. At the same time, the Corvette C7.R received it's official ACO homologation.|
Despite some politicking from a certain British manufacture, the ACO got the BoP spot on. All of the manufactures were competitive and all lead the race at one point.
-The #99 GTE-Pro Aston Martin was crashed in practice Wednesday night and was written off. No new chassis was available.
-#71 GTE-Pro Ferrari was crashed Thursday during qualifying and was written off. Luckily a new chassis was available and the team built a new car for the race.
-#92 GTE-Pro Porsche was crashed Thursday during qualifying, but was fixable. The car did not qualify and started from the back.
-Apart from the pole setting #51 Ferrari, which managed a magic lap a full second ahead of P2, it was very close.
-P2 through P6 were within a second. Over the span of 8.5 miles that is extremely close.
-Corvettes qualified P2 and P4.
GTE-Pro is the best of the best from Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, and Aston Martin. For the first 12 hours the lead changed constantly between all 4 makes, but as the race went on attrition and luck caught many teams out.
-#91 Porsche was caught in an accident in the rain, causing it to go in the garage for repairs
-#71 Ferrari was destroyed in a crash in the rain
-#73 Corvette was caught behind the safety car on 3 separate occasions, putting them nearly a 1/2 lap behind from the GTE leaders each time. They also had the ACO mandated air chuck safety on the air jacks break, causing more time in the pits to fix.
-#74 Corvette was told to come in because the illuminated door number wasn't bright enough. The team had to replace the door. Later they had a differential leak causing the alternator belt to slip and come off. They stopped for repairs twice to fix both issues.
-#97 Aston Martin had power steering issues
The only car that had a flawless race was the #51 Ferrari, and rightfully so they won the race.
Despite their issues, the #73 Corvette of Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Jordan Taylor kept the hammer down and fought back and finished P2, only 1 lap down from the leader. A solid effort by all. Garcia, in his final stint of the race, posted the 2nd fastest lap of the race at 3:53.869, nearly 1 second quicker then the pole time. The #74 car finished P4
Official Press Release
PHOTOS: Test Day
PHOTOS: Race Week
|June 07 2014 07:18:19 PM EST|
|June 01 2014 09:00:03 PM EST|
|Corvette Racing made their C7.R debut at La Sarthe at the official Le Mans test day, following the GTE-Pro BoP test, this weekend.|
-Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE gained 5 liters of fuel capacity (95 liters)
-Porsche 911 GT3 RSR & 911 RSR remain at 90 liters
-Ferrari 458 & Corvette C7.R are allowed to carry 85 liters
-Ferrari 458 received the green light to run in a specific Le Mans trim
-Corvette C7.R gained an extra 1.3mm on its two restrictors, while the rear wing was lowered by 25 mm.
Corvette Racing ran a trouble free test during the two 4-hour sessions. Oliver Gavin set the P4 time of 3:58.403 in the #74, and Jan Magnussen set P6 at 3:59.192.
The #73 completed 45 laps – tied for the most in class – while the #74 completed 44 laps. The top six cars were within two seconds, which bodes well for a competitive race.
Test Day Results
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 73 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R
“The Chevrolet Corvette C7.R is a major step forward compared to last year’s car. So far we’ve worked on our usual, annual to-do-list for Le Mans, and everything is going to plan. With the new car we of course have a lot more work to do than with the previous car, which was always a known package. But so far everything we tried and at Road America seems to be working here and we’re definitely going in the right direction.”
JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 73 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R
“We just improved the car as we went along. It was very hard to already find a race setup given the conditions of the track (green and dirty after a year). All three of us were happy with the changes we made, and we specifically made some good progress on the brakes. We came here with a car that was very good straight out of the box, so we could stick to the plan we had set ourselves to do today.”
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 73 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R
“I didn’t get too much time in the car yet. So far I’ve tested the car at Road America, so it was good to spend half a day in Le Mans. The car feels quite comfortable. That’s the most important thing here in Le Mans – to have a car you feel comfortable driving and which all three drivers feel comfortable with setup wise. All three of us are happy with where we are and we are definitely looking forward to the race.”
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 74 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R
“The track was very dirty in the beginning and it took a while to be good enough. Everybody seemed to waiting for the track to become nice and clean. By the second half of the morning session is was good enough for everybody to work with it. All in all it’s been a good first run with the C7.R here in Le Mans. The car seems to be very predictable here. It does what we want it to do.”
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 74 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R
“We went through our program of changes and ideas to make the car better, both in handling and performance. I’m fairly happy with where we are now. After all the changes we made, I did a run on new tires early in the afternoon session and the car felt a lot better than this morning on used tires. This is a first good test for the Corvette C7.R here, and things have been a lot better so far than last year around the same time.”
RICHARD WESTBROOK, NO. 74 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R
“The first few laps were pretty strange, having raced in the Detroit TUDOR Championship race less than 24 hours before. There are probably no two more opposite cars like the Corvette DP and the Corvette C7.R, just like there are no two more opposite tracks like Belle Isle and Le Mans. Other than that the car felt really good with no major issues so all I had to do was to make sure I felt comfortable. I’m quite looking forward to the race the week after next.”
DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER
“Unlike in years past when there was a huge differential between the different types of cars, this year they are all pretty closely bunched together. This is of course testament to the efforts made by the sanctioning body in creating a very good balance of performance. We’re pleased with where we are on a performance standpoint and are looking forward to qualifying in 10 days with the new Corvette C7.Rs.”