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|May 29 2012 04:31:17 PM EST||seemore.com|
|IMSA, the sanctioning body on the American Le Mans Series, will be holding a two-day open test at Virginia International Raceway on June 13-14. The test will operate very similar to the Sebring Winter Test.|
Unfortunately for Corvette Racing, and other ALMS teams going to the 24hrs of Le Mans, the test is the same week as the big race and they will not be able to participate.
Slight disadvantage, but we think a victory in France is a little more important.
If you want to see a Corvette do a hot lap of the course, check out the 2012 ZR1 breaking the production car lap record HERE.
|May 21 2012 09:30:07 PM EST|
|It was announced at the 2012 New York Auto Show that the Viper would return to ALMS competition some time in 2012, and full season 2013 with a 2 car full factory effort team.|
Here are the facts:
-ACO regulations define the minimum engine displacement as 5.5L, but have given SRT Viper a waiver to run a 8.0L engine. This is not an ALMS only waiver, this is a full ACO waiver.
-SRT Motorsports is partnering with Roush Industries on the development of the 8.0L V10.
-As of the announcement, Riley Technologies had no real race cars built yet.
-Other than 3 drivers, Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens, there is no team in place yet.
As for the engine, this is obviously a sore spot in everyone's side, especially since Corvette was forced from 7.0L down to 6.0L then down to 5.5L. Our guess is that they will be restricted on revs, as well as intake size, and probably weight for at least a while until their true performance is observed. But with operating at lower revs, means less wear and tear on the engine. This is exactly what the 5.5L rule was made to prevent.
In addition, it has also been rumored that SRT has been in talks with the FIA and ACO to change the GTE regulations for 2014 to allow up to 8.0L. Since Oreca, the French motorsport company, isn't running the program this time, we are not sure if the French will want to make that drastic of a change to its most balanced class.
Of course this isn't the first Viper to race in the ALMS in recent years. The Primetime Viper from a few season back was heavily restricted. So much so that they could not be competitive even mid-pack. But on the other hand they were not a factory effort.
SRT has not said it directly, but we know their main goal is to beat Corvette. They have taken a few small stabs at GM/Corvette here and there, but no blood has been drawn...yet.
Graham Henckel - Chief Engineer for SRT Viper claims they will not put the SRT badge on anything that isn't racetrack proven. Our question is: How many races have the Jeep, Ram, Neon, Charger, 300, Crossfire, and Caliber entered or won?
As for Corvette.....do we really need to make a list?
Regardless, we welcome the competition. The more competition there is, the better the victories are.
|May 21 2012 01:15:52 AM EST|
|Ok. So the #90 German-built Callaway Competition Corvette piloted by Magnussen, Westbrook and Milner kinda got its ass kicked this time 'round the 'ring. It was plagued with troubles from the second hour on but in true badboy style it fought on and came within 20 minutes of completing the full 24 hours of this famously grueling 15.2 mile circuit.|
After the first hour, Westbrook had driven the Corvette from 18th to 10th overall. Soon after he ran over some carbon fiber debris and punctured a tire which in turn did a lot of damage to the rear - the car had to be towed back to the paddock. The car returned to the track thirty laps down in 158th position. During the night a half shaft broke which required further repairs. By the 23rd hour #90 had moved up to 89th position overall, but ultimately it was not meant to be. With 20 minutes to go the car had a major mechanical failure and the team ended up finishing 120th overall out of 177 entries.
Let's move on to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with our own Corvette Racers.
Bring 'em on!
|May 18 2012 06:17:04 AM EST||Vette - Ernst Woehr|
|Thanks to VetteWeb.com we find this pic of the car making the 24hr run for Corvette Racing pilots - Jan Magnussen,Tommy Milner, and Richard Westbrook. They are joined by Daniel Keilwitz, only the 2010 FIA GT3 Drivers Champion. |
VetteWeb reports that in practice a few weeks ago, this LS3 C6 Z06 lapped the 15.2-mile NBR24 course in 8:16. GM test driver, Jim Mero, lapped the 12.9-mile North Course in 7:19 in a ZR1. The racing Callaway covered the extra 2.3 miles of the F1 track addition in under a minute. Yeow!
2 Callaway Corvettes are entered in the 2012 race - Guttroff Racing in the SP8 category and this Haribo Racing Z06 in the top SP9 class.
First Qualifying has the 90 car P12.
The links to follow the action are in the earlier NBR24 post below.
|May 15 2012 08:15:38 PM EST||Chris Draper - Corvette Info Center|
|Our man, Chris Draper, was at Laguna this past weekend. The following is his story --|
Laguna Seca never has lack of action. This year's race was no exception. Friday's qualifying saw a bit of a shock when Aston Martin showed their true hand and posted a 1:22.229 for pole position. Tommy Milner in the #4 Corvette took 2nd at 1:22.661, and Jan Magnussen posted a 1:22.919 on his 8th lap, 4 more then the #4 car.
Race day was a test of will power. Aston Martin in the opening laps showed they had the speed and started pulling away from the rest of the GT pack until the first full coarse caution really shook things up. AMR had a fuel fill issue that shook them from 1st to 5th. Our badboys capitalized and the #4 Corvette took the lead.
Throughout the 6hr battle, there were 5 or more GT cars absolutely nose to tale lap after lap. It could have been anyone's race, but mistakes were seen from all teams. The #4 Corvette saw a fuel fill issue that took them from their healthy lead down to 5th. The BMWs experimented with some different tire compounds early on and guessed wrong and after a full stint nearly cost both cars a lap. The #45 Porsche had the pace, but penalties cost them the race.
Ultimately, it came down to Corvette vs BMW once again. Milner and Gavin fought back with the Take No Prisoners attitude and got back into the lead and made it count. The #3 Corvette got passed by the #56 BMW after a caution restart, but Magnussen fought back hard and made the move of the race.
During Magnussen's maneuver, he flat spotted the tires. With about 8 minutes left the BMW was biting back inch by inch each lap. The injured Michelins held in just long enough and on the final corner of the final lap the BMW got a little too hard on the gas, fishtaled out of the corner, and the cheers for the Corvette Racing camp could nearly be heard over the sound of the thundering V8s crossing the finish in a 1-2 style victory. Click HERE to watch the podium presentation.
Click HERE to relive the last 20 minutes of the race.
Our badboys truly took no prisoners. They didn't even leave a crumb on the table, and took home some hardware for a new centerpiece.
These smiles should last at least until Le Mans next month where hopefully they car pull off a duplicate result.
Chris has posted all of his pics over at Corvette Info Center for Friday and Saturday, including some post race pics from the Corvette Racing garage.
Great work Chris.
|May 14 2012 04:58:10 PM EST|
|The 40th running of the Nurburgring 24hr is scheduled for May 17-20. The race will be streamed online via several different outlets.|
Video stream can be found on the official website.
Radio stream can be found at Radio Le Mans.
Be sure to cheer on Tommy Milner, Jan Magnussen, and Richard Westbrook as they battle it out in a GT3 Corvette versus the likes of Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and more.