Le Mans Nine-Hour Report: Corvette on The Move Corvette C5-R race cars running fast, overcoming obstacles LE MANS, France -- Nine hours through the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the General Motors Chevrolet Corvette C5-R Racing team is currently running...
Le Mans Nine-Hour Report: Corvette on The Move
Corvette C5-R race cars running fast, overcoming obstacles
LE MANS, France -- Nine hours through the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the General Motors Chevrolet Corvette C5-R Racing team is currently running fourth and fifth in the GTS class and 16th and 19th overall. With track temperatures cooling, driving conditions appear to be more stable and lap times are dropping. While the #50 Corvette tried to fight back its place in GTS, the #53 Corvette experienced problems with what seemed to be an alternator belt failure. Ron Fellows drove the car back to the Corvette pits, but upon inspection the crew learned the belt's pulley was at fault. A new pulley and battery were installed and Fellows was back on the track, down two positions.
Oliver Gavin , #50 Corvette C5-R
"It's pretty difficult to see out there but I felt good about my time. During my double stint the light went from dusk to darkness and my window screen wasn't clean until my pit stop. In these dark hours it's just the little things that can make driving difficult; you notice photographers and their flashes at some corners, and it just makes you unsettled for a half second. Inside our car we have a red light to illuminate our gauges and occasionally it flickered on and off."
Franck Freon , #53 Corvette C5-R
"The car is running better in the evening. I like the way the car feels, with not as much oversteer as we had before and possibly a little bit better through the chicanes. This is just one small part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I am going to take a nap and I look forward to the night hours, where all of us at Corvette are very good."