The Corvette Racing Team - Au Revoir, Le Mans

Corvette Racing's GT1 Program Enjoys A Fitting Send-Off At LA Sarthe

Dr. Greg P. Johnson Dec 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)

No. 63 continued to motor around the Le Mans course, maintaining a dominant lead to finish First in GT1 and 14th overall in the standings. Just before the checkered flag, the team brought the conquering car into the garage to remove the grime that had accumulated on its outer skin over the previous 24 hours. A similar beautification regimen was lavished upon the C5-R prior to the team's first win in 2000, so it was fitting for Corvette Racing to close out a decade of GT1 Le Mans competition in like fashion.

The No. 73 Luc Alphand C6.R took Second Place GT1 honors to the cheers of a very happy French team. In the prototype class, Peugeot finally outraced Audi to notch a 1-2 overall victory and send the partisan crowd into a celebratory frenzy. It seemed that every able-bodied Frenchman and -woman in attendance jumped into pit lane to exult in the victory and watch their home team take its place atop the podium.

It's impossible to overstate the importance of this win for the Corvette contingent. Six Le Mans class victories firmly establish the C5-R/C6.R team as one of the most formidable endurance-racing efforts in motorsports history. The experience gained at La Sarthe, the extraordinary effort expended, and the emotions experienced along the way all make the factory-backed GT1 program an important addition to the Corvette's proud racing legacy.


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