CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Garcia, Milner Lead Charge in First Round of Qualifying

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CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Garcia, Milner Lead Charge in First Round of Qualifying

Program going for ninth Le Mans class victory in 19 attempts

 

LE MANS, France (June 13, 2018) – Corvette Racing went as fast as it ever has in the GTE Pro category around the Circuit de la Sarthe on Wednesday in the first of three qualifying sessions for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Both Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs dipped into the 3:50 bracket and averaged more than 131 mph around the 8.47-mile track.

 

Antonio Garcia led the way Wednesday in the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with a lap of 3:50.789 (132.041 mph) to rank 11th of 17 GTE Pro entries after the week’s initial two-hour time trial session. He and Jan Magnussen placed third in last year’s GTE Pro race, and they will try for victory this year with Mike Rockenfeller.

 

Not far behind Garcia was Tommy Milner in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C7.R at 3:50.952 (131.979 mph). He, Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler are teaming at Le Mans for the second year in a row and have a 24-hour victory to their credit – the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

 

Wednesday’s qualifying results bore out what Corvette Racing already knew – that this year’s fight in GTE Pro would be the team’s most difficult in its 19-year run at Le Mans. So close is the battle among the six manufacturers in the category that an improvement of one second in Thursday’s two sessions could move the Corvettes to the third row of the GTE Pro grid.

 

Qualifying concludes Thursday with a pair of two-hour sessions – 7 to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight CET.

 

The 24 Hours of Le Mans will air live on the Velocity Channel and MotorTrend On-Demand with coverage of the Test Day, practice/qualifying and the race on RadioLeMans.com.

 

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “Everything is still going to our predetermined plan. The various slow zones in the beginning of the qualifying session didn’t help, of course. We’re quite a bit off the pole position time, but we’re not too far off the second group of cars. We’ll just try to be as fast as we can again tomorrow. There’s still more in the car. The good thing is we get faster the more we run.”

 

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “We are a little farther back than what we’d like, but we have a little bit more in the car; not much but some. No matter what, we know it’s going to be a tough race. We may run around 13th or 14th for the first part of the race and then if we keep our nose clean, who knows? After that we will see what happens. We all went for a quick time Wednesday. In talking to Antonio a little bit, we were both frustrated with traffic and slow zones. But I’m sure that was a common theme up and down the pitlane. We have enough pace to mix it up the seven or eight cars ahead of us. We’ll keep working and hope it’s enough come Saturday and Sunday.”

 

Corvette Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Year Finish Class Car Drivers
2000 3rd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon
4th GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/Kneifel/Bell
2001 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/O’Connell/Pruett
2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon
2002 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/O’Connell/Gavin
2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Pilgrim/Collins/Freon
2003 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Gavin/Collins/Pilgrim
3rd GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/O’Connell/Freon
2004 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Gavin/Beretta/Magnussen
2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows/O’Connell/ Papis
2005 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen
2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O’Connell/Papis
2006 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Magnussen
7th GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O’Connell/Papis
2007 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen
14th GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Papis
2008 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen
3rd GT1 Corvette C6.R Beretta/Gavin/Papis
2009 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R O’Connell/Magnussen/Garcia
4th GT1 Corvette C6.R Gavin/Beretta/Fassler
2010 10th (DNF) GT2 Corvette C6.R Gavin/Beretta/Collard
12th (DNF) GT2 Corvette C6.R O’Connell/Magnussen/Garcia
2011 1st GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Beretta/Milner/Garcia
14th (DNF) GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook
2012 5th GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Garcia/Magnussen/J. Taylor
6th GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Gavin/Milner/Westbrook
2013 4th GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Garcia/Magnussen/J. Taylor
7th GTE Pro Corvette C6.R Gavin/Milner/Westbrook
2014 2nd GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Garcia/Magnussen/J. Taylor
4th GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Gavin/Milner/Westbrook
2015 DNS GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Garcia/Magnussen/Briscoe
1st GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Gavin/Milner/J. Taylor
2016 7th GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Garcia/Magnussen/R. Taylor
10th (DNF) GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Gavin/Milner/J. Taylor
2017 3rd GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Garcia/Magnussen/J. Taylor
8th GTE Pro Corvette C7.R Gavin/Milner/Fässler
Totals 8 wins 18 starts