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#5679 - 06/10/22 05:00 PM Re: 24 Hours of LeMans - June 2022 [Re: teamzr1]  
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C8.R Corvette Racing has split its commitments this year, running one C8.R full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor, and another full-time in the World Endurance Championship for Milner and Nick Tandy.

Then the two cars run together in the respective marquee events of each championship, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Le Mans.
On Thursday, Tandy (car #64) and Garcia (car #63) secured for Corvette a GTE Pro-class front-row lockout, and then also took first and second in final practice that night.

Milner, who has been with the team since 2011 and has twice won the class at Le Mans, says that the 2022 iteration of team and car are the best he’s experienced there.

“To me, it feels like we are the best prepared we’ve ever been with a car that is the best I’ve ever had at Le Mans,” he said of the C8.R that he will share not only with Tandy but also Alexander Sims. “From that side of things, I’m excited about the race.

“Now, saying all that, there are years when we didn’t have the best preparation and won, and there are years when we had great preparation and didn’t get the win.
“We’ve done everything we needed going into this.
Like Le Mans always is, the race is its own separate beast. Having success will require using all the things we’ve learned so far, putting those to the test, not making mistakes and having a good, clean race. We’ve been fast in the practice sessions but performance in the race is what matters.”

Milner added that running the full WEC schedule has played a vital role in Corvette Racing’s strong preparation for the event, but was reticent to say it was vital for the win, since the team has amassed eight Le Mans victories, despite having never run a full-time WEC campaign prior to 2022.

“It’s easy to say that the WEC program has helped in the current state because we’ve had a good week,” he observed. “There are a few areas where you could definitely say, ‘Yes, having done the WEC, we are better.’

“Things like pitstops and having the chance to put those to the test at Sebring and Spa. We saw there was room to improve there, and the team did a great job to figure out how to make them faster. That’s one area. There’s a case to be made for a lot of other areas as well.
“But I hesitate to say that it’s necessary to do WEC to be successful here. In a lot of ways, things feel just like they always have.
The attention to detail is the same, but nothing beats experience. In my view, the team is in a good place.”

Tandy commented:

“This year does feel different to last year. We’ve obviously taken a step forward with what we know about this car and this racetrack. But also the basic preparation of the team being in this WEC paddock with this Corvette and these regulations, there is a bit of pressure off
It’s a familiar environment.
“We have the experience of how to make the most out of the pitstops and with the way the sporting regulations work, which is different from how we normally choreograph pitstops. We have had it pre-organized and practiced.
We know what to do with heated tires, these sorts of things with the WEC-specific tire compounds.

“It’s all these kinds of things that we’d normally experience for the first time. Now it’s in our pocket.”
Tandy, like Milner, cautioned that nothing can be taken as read, but that the team couldn’t have done a better job.

“I’m pretty sure we’re the team that has done the most laps and done the most quality running,” he said.
“The race is still to come, anything can happen, but looking at how the build-up has been the last week, we couldn’t ask for more.
With qualifying, both cars on the front row and having excellent knowledge through practice about all the different conditions we can experience.
There isn’t a great deal extra that we could have done as a team to prepare: we have all the basics covered.

“Now we need to go into the race and perform and hope for a bit of luck. The drivers are ready. The car and the team are ready.
Now let’s go out and win a 24-hour race.”


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#5680 - 06/11/22 05:09 AM Re: 24 Hours of LeMans - June 2022 [Re: teamzr1]  
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Corvette Racing set the quickest time in GTE-Pro in warm up laps as Antonio Garcia set a 3:54.788 in the No. 63 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.

The sister car, which will start from class pole position later today, encountered trouble with Nick Tandy at the wheel.

Tandy slowed on track and crawled back to the pits, where the car was diagnosed with a driveline failure. :-(


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Starting fifth hour of race

Corvette Racing maintained the lead in GTE Pro, with Nicky Catsburg having taken over at the wheel of the class-leading #63 C8.R late in the fourth hour and enjoying a lead of 31 seconds.

Porsche's pair of factory 911 RSR-19s ran second and third, with the #91 car of Richard Lietz and the #92 of Laurens Vanthoor having both passed the struggling #64 Corvette, which had been experiencing downshift issues but still ran fourth in the hands of Alexander Sims
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Occupying fifth and sixth in class were the two AF Corse-run works Ferrari 488 GTE Evos, with the #52 car having moved ahead of the #51 following a drive-through penalty for the latter for exceeding track limits.

Porsche maintained its stranglehold in GTE Am with the #79 WeatherTech Racing car of bronze-rated Thomas Merrill having opened up a comfortable lead of two minutes from the #77 Dempsey-Proton car of Christian Ried.

#64 C8.R took over second place a few minutes into the fifth hour

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#5683 - 06/11/22 02:38 PM Re: 24 Hours of LeMans - June 2022 [Re: teamzr1]  
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Nick Tandy was running in second when the car hit trouble, the Briton had to bring it in for a right-rear brake change.
The team, remarkably, opted to change all four brakes and did so in just over two minutes and lost close to a lap frown
It’s critical lost time, but the No. 64 is only down to fifth in class.

# 63 Corvette had a flat tire at the farthest distance from pit.
Tore up other parts and had to go behind the wall and is several laps down now. frown

Now reported the Rear suspension broke and car is still out of the race and 14 laps and counting down


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End of 11 hours

The GTE-Pro class lead in the 24 Hours has changed hands as both Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs encountered issues with eight hours completed and the dark hours in full flow.

Both Corvette Racing entries, including the leading No. 63 car, suffered mechanical issues in the span of just under an hour which dropped them to the rear of GTE-Pro.

First, Nick Tandy brought the No. 64 car into the garage to clear debris from the wheel arches, followed by a brake change, which dropped it out of the podium positions.

Not much later, Antonio Garcia brought the leading No. 63 Corvette into its side of the garage having suffered a left-rear suspension failure and has remained there since, with the car undergoing lengthy repairs.

With both cars spending time in the box, the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Michael Christensen assumed the lead in the class.

The sister Porsche of Gianmaria Bruni moved up to second, with Alessandro Pier Guidi third in the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo. Tommy Milner took the No. 64 Corvette back out on track and sat fourth after eight hours.

AF Corse’s No. 52 Ferrari dropped to fifth after Miguel Molina suffered a right-front puncture.


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C8.R Corvette Racing’s No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R made it back into podium position at the halfway mark of the 24 Hours of Le Mans after an up-and-down, roller-coaster ride in the second quarter of the race.

Nick Tandy was aboard the No. 64 Corvette that ran second in GTE Pro after a couple of early-race setbacks, including an unscheduled stop to change front brakes just shy of the seventh hour. Alexander Sims, driving with Tandy and Tommy Milner, had the class’s fastest race lap in his second time through the rotation.

Four cars were on the lead lap in the class.
Unfortunately, the No. 63 C8.R wasn’t one of those, following a lengthy stay in the garage to repair a broken left-rear suspension.
Just past halfway, Nicky Catsburg switched over to Antonio Garcia, who was at the wheel when the Corvette suffered its major issue.
Corvette Racing’s next update will come after the 18-hour mark.

ALEXANDER SIMS, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:

“Things are good at the moment.
The car feels nice and is hooked up. The tires stayed very nicely throughout the two stints. The feedback I was getting from the engineers is that the pace was sensible. The gap to the leader is still quite substantial, but we’re still in this race. After a couple of hiccups, it could be better, but it also could be a lot worse.”

Staying in contention:
“The first thing is to not have any major hiccups, any penalties, any contact or anything like that. That in itself is always a huge challenge.
We’re pushing flat-out. We know we’re on the back foot, so we have to take some risks. But at the same time, we have to stay in this race.
Any contact and that’s probably it. We’ve got a bit of step to make already, which might be doable. We’ll see… we have to be smart.”


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Corvette Racing’s No. 64 C8.R was battling the #51 Ferrari for the class lead in GTE Pro when it was hit by the #83 AF Corse LMP2 on the Mulsanne straight.
The side by side contact sent Alexander Sims into the barrier, spinning the car around and coming to rest against it. Sims was able to exit the car and thankfully he is fine.
The no. 63 Corvette had just been retired prior to the crash due to “significant mechanical damage” so our race for the year is done.
Our Le Mans is over. We had just retired the 63 when the 64 was involved in an incident that has ended its race. Gutted

To his credit, Francois Perrodo went directly to Corvette Racing and apologized for causing the crash. Race organizers gave Perrodo and the #83 a 3 minute stop and go penalty as well as 2 penalty points for causing a collision with Sims.

Francois Perrodo has gone over to the Corvette garage to apologize to the team.

We are three quarters into the race and the GTE Pro class continues to make headlines, with more drama in the battle for the win during Hour 18.

Corvette Racing’s chances of winning GTE Pro in its final year came to an abrupt end in the final minutes of the hour, when AF Corse LMP2 driver Francois Perrodo made contact with the No. 64 Pro-leading C8.R of Alex Sims. Perrodo hadn’t cleared the C8.R when he was running side-by-side with another LMP2 runner down the Mulsanne Straight. He moved over on Sims, the Briton sent veering off into the Armco after the contact.

It was a heavy impact that caused a retirement on the spot for Corvette.

To make matters worse, it came just moments after the team announced the retirement of the long-delayed No. 63 sister car.
Sims's incident followed hot on the heels of the American marque announcing the retirement of its #63 entry shared by Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg.

The #63 car had been leading in the early part of the race, but lost considerable time with a left-rear suspension failure that sent the car into the garage for lengthy repairs.

Further time was then lost with checks to inspect a vibration and a subsequent diffuser change, before the decision was made to pull the car from the race due to what the team called "significant mechanical damage, seen and unseen at the rear of the car."



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LEMANS, France (June 12, 2022) – Corvette Racing’s GTE Pro run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans ended with retirements of both Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs on Sunday.
Alexander Sims in the No. 64 Corvette was fighting to regain the class lead just before the 18-hour mark when a prototype competitor moved into him on the Mulsanne Straight.
The contact, with Sims on the far-left with two LMP2 cars going by, pitched the Corvette hard left into the guardrail nose-first.
Sims exited the car unassisted and was fine upon his return to the paddock. He, along with FIA World Endurance Championship teammates Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy, took turns leading in the pole-winning Corvette. Sims earlier set the fastest GTE Pro lap of the race.

Only moments earlier, Corvette Racing had retired the No. 63 Corvette due to significant mechanical damage, seen and unseen at the rear of the car.
It was unclear if this was a continuation from an earlier suspension issue in the race’s first six hours.
Every effort was made to get the car back into the race, but due to safety concerns for the team’s drivers and fellow competitors, the decision was made to retire.

“This isn’t how we wanted our Le Mans race to end,” said Laura Klauser, GM Sports Car Racing Program Manager.
“We’re all proud of the dedication of everyone on the Corvette Racing team to give us the absolute best chance for our ninth class victory

At the end of the day, we’re all proud to be part of the One Team effort that is Corvette Racing.
We’re glad Alexander is OK and that the C8.R kept him safe.
Our focus now is on our two full-season efforts in the WEC and also the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.”


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Corvette Racing’s GTE Pro run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans ended with retirements of both Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs on Sunday.

Alexander Sims in the No. 64 Corvette was fighting to regain the class lead just before the 18-hour mark when a prototype competitor moved into him on the Mulsanne Straight. The contact, with Sims on the far-left with two LMP2 cars going by, pitched the Corvette hard left into the guardrail nose-first.

Sims exited the car unassisted and was fine upon his return to the paddock. He, along with FIA World Endurance Championship teammates Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy, took turns leading in the pole-winning Corvette. Sims earlier set the fastest GTE Pro lap of the race.

Only moments earlier, Corvette Racing had retired the No. 63 Corvette due to significant mechanical damage seen and unseen at the rear of the car.
It was unclear if this was a continuation from an earlier suspension issue in the race’s first six hours.
Every effort was made to get the car back into the race, but due to safety concerns for the team’s drivers and fellow competitors, the decision was made to retire.

“This isn’t how we wanted our Le Mans race to end,” said GM Sports Car Racing Program Manager.
“We’re all proud of the dedication of everyone on the Corvette Racing team to give us the absolute best chance for our ninth class victory.

At the end of the day, we’re all proud to be part of the One Team effort that is Corvette Racing.
We’re glad Alexander is OK and that the C8.R kept him safe.
Our focus now is on our two full-season efforts in the WEC and also the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.”


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