Corvette C6.R Continues Le Mans 24 Hours Race Programme
The twin Corvette C6.R racers will fight against other 15 competitors in the famous endurance race’s GT2 class: five Porsche GT2 RSRs, two BMW M3s, a Jaguar XKRs, five Ferrari 430 GTs an Aston Martin Vantage and a Spyker C8.
"We are pleased and honored that the new GT2 Corvette C6.R has been invited by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest to compete in the world's most prestigious sports car race," said GM Racing manager Mark Kent. "Our objective is to carry forward Corvette's legacy of success as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Corvette's first participation at Le Mans. This year's race will certainly be a challenge because of the depth and quality of the competition in the GT2 division. The entries represent the world's most storied sports car brands and underscore the relevance and value of racing production-based cars."
Corvette Racing has an impressive Le Mans record consisting of six wins in the GTS/GT1 class since 2001, including 2009’s title. The GT2 version of the Corvette C6.R, which is based on the production Corvette ZR1 supercar, entered the competitive stage in August 2009, taking part in five American Le Mans Series and bringing the team its first GT2 victory at Motorsport International Raceway.
Corvette Racing will also enter two cars in the full nine-race ALMS schedule in 2010, starting with the 58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 20.
The team’s driver lineup has been modified and now Emmanuel Collard has joined Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta for Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Antonio Garcia will return as the third driver with Johnny O’Connel and Jan Magnussen in endurance events.