A 24-HOUR DAY AT THE RACES—IN A C6.R CORVETTE
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Published on Thu, Jun 16, 2011
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
Le Mans, France, June 11-12, 2011—There’s nothing like a day at the races—particularly if it’s a 24 hour race at Le Mans, France. At this year’s legendary endurance race, the Compuware Corvette C6.R #73, driven by Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia, won the GTE class, completing 314 laps and finishing two minutes and 29 seconds ahead of the runner-up Ferrari. The victory was the seventh class win at Le Mans for Corvette Racing, and its first in the GTE Pro category. It came as Chevrolet celebrates its 100th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the team's first Le Mans victory in 2001. The C6.R #74, driven by Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, and Richard Westbrook, led the GTE class for nearly 16 hours but retired, following a crash in the 17th hour. Richard Prince was there to capture the Corvettes through the eye of his digital lens. More on Le Mans: It's Audi at Le Mans—Again 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Pro Top Five Finishers after 24 Hours: Position/Car No./Drivers/Car/Laps 1. 73 Beretta/Milner/Garcia, Corvette C6.R, 314 2. 51 Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander, Ferrari F458 Italia, 314 3. 56 Priaulx/Muller/Hand, BMW M3 GT, 313 4. 77 Lieb/Lietz/Henzler, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, 312 5. 76 Narac/Pilet/Armindo, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, 311