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Corvette C6.R Takes Second Place GT-1 at Le Mans

By June 14, 2010

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The Corvette C6.R fielded by Luc Alphand Aventures and driven by Jerome Licand, Stephan Gregoire, and David Hart has finished second (out of eight starters and three finishers) in the GT-1 class at this year's 24 hours of Le Mans.

The American Corvette Racing team was less fortunate, with both cars out of the race by about the 18th hour. The #63 Corvette ZR1 retired with engine trouble 16 hours and 225 laps into the competition.

"Unfortunately it appears to be an engine failure, our first in 11 years of racing at Le Mans," said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. "We'll get the car back, take it apart, determine what the problem was, resolve it, and move forward. The engine was running perfectly one minute, and then not perfectly the next. There wasn't any indication leading up to it - no loss of oil pressure, no degradation in performance. The cause could be any number of things, so we'll look into it further before reaching a conclusion."

The second ZR1 in the Corvette Racing stable was taken out of the race about 90 minutes later, after crashing into the safety barriers when an ultra-fast prototype made a pass in the Porsche curves. Emmanuel Collard was at the wheel at the time of the incident.

"I turned to the second left in the Porsche corner and the Peugeot was on the inside," Collard said. "I didn't know he was there, I was focused on my driving. There was no contact, but he was there on the inside and I missed the right line. The car lost grip, and I crashed."

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the toughest races in the world. To win, you have to run all-out for 24 solid hours - with no mechanical issues and precious few mistakes by the drivers. To finish in second position, the C6.R of Luc Alphand Adventures completed 327 laps with a best lap time of 3:55.631 on the 8-mile race course, averaging about 124 miles per hour - for 24 hours straight.

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