With all three qualifying sessions now complete, Pratt & Miller's Corvette Racing team has qualified their ZR1 Corvettes first and second in the GT2 class for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The green flag flies tomorrow (Saturday, June 12) morning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time, 6:00 a.m. Pacific.
Corvette Racing had qualified in second and third positions on track, behind the Ferrari F430 of Risi Competizione, but at the post-qualifying tech inspection the Ferrari was found to have "a minor wing irregularity" - usually just an adjustment that's out of spec. But the rules of racing are clear - if your car is not legal in qualifying, you must start from the back of the pack.
Risi put a brave face on the team's error, noting their string of wins this year. But even based on the lap times set during qualifying, they'll have a challenge catching the Corvettes. The Ferrari team's best time was a 3:59.233, set during the first qualifying session. The best Corvette time, set by the #64 car of Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta, and Emmanuel Collard was 3:59.435, just 1/5th of a second slower over the 8 mile Le Mans race course.
Up in GT-1 class, Luc Alphand Adventures' Corvette C6.R team slipped one position, with a final qualifying result of 4th and 5th positions in an 8-car field. The team starts behind the Aston Martin DBR9 of Young Driver AMR, and a pair of Ford GTs from Marc VDS Racing and Matech Competition. The C6.R is about 3.5 seconds off the pace - but it's a long race and reliability counts for a lot at Le Mans.
Check back tomorrow for race updates, and on Sunday for the final results.