Chevy Corvette C6.R GT2 Race Cars Come In 2nd & 4th in 2009 ALMS Debut at Mid-Ohio
This weekend marked the debut of the new 2010 Chevy Corvette C6.R race car at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during the Acura Sports Car Challenge/Honda Indy 200. Competing for the first time in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Corvette Racing had a lot to prove in this super competitive division. After all, running against yourself in GT1 class has got to get old.
The cars first hit the track on Saturday morning for the ALMS practice runs along with the P1 and P2 cars. Both the number 3 and number 4 cars, driven by Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen, respectively, performed well and sounded like only racing Vettes can sound. The Corvettes spent most of the practice session running third and forth, sometimes as close as 1/10th of a second
Later in the day during qualification, Jan Magnussen took third place in the #3 car with his co-worker Oliver Gavin taking the sixth spot in the #4 Corvette. Concensus among the other race teams seemed to be that the Corvettes were sand bagging a little (and perhaps alot) as everyone seemed to acknowledge that both cars were extremely capable and cornered especially well around Mid-Ohio’s tight race course.
Since Corvette Racing doesn’t want to get dinged by ALMS or appear unfavorably matched, they may just keep it cool for a bit. But with the other cars in the GT2 class starting to show their age, the new 2010 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R looks like it may have a big leg up due to the tremendous time and energy that was put into the car’s development.
So, how did these new race cars fare at their 2009 ALMS debut at Mid-Ohio? Pretty darn good. They didn’t win but O’Connell and Magnussen came in second in the GT2 class. They finished 21 seconds behind Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Patrick Long and Jörg Bergmeister in their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, who took just one pit stop instead of the two taken by each Corvette.
However, O’Connell and Magnussen did pull out a win in the GT portion of the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge. This was their second win this season in this new competition that awards the car that has the best overall performance and energy efficiency. Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beratta in their Corvette C6.R finished 4th in the GT2 class just behind Tommy Milner and Dirk Müller in the BMW E92 M3. All in all, both 2010 Chevy Corvette C6.R race cars had an impressive first time out. We think that these cars may eventually dominate this class.
Source: Corvette Racing