Drivers Ron Fellows, Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen piloted their No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R to a runner-up finish in the GT1 class and sixth overall in the world’s most prestigious sports car race. the 24 Heures du Mans. The race is called the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the U.S.
The drivers enjoyed having competition from other marques again (unlike in the American LeMans Series), but the combination of a superbly running Aston Martin, rain, and the presence of a safety car on the track late in the race prevented the Corvette Racing Team from taking first place for the fourth time in a row.
It was the team’s eighth consecutive podium finish, a streak that began with the team’s first foray to Le Mans in 2000. While the No. 64 Compuware Corvette of Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis was sidelined by a broken driveshaft in the race’s second hour, its sister car had a flawless run throughout the long day and night of racing.
"There’s disappointment in not winning, but this is an impossible race to win," said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. "Just the honor of competing with the world’s best sports car teams and finishing on the podium is a huge reward. There’s no shame in finishing second – we’ve actually finished second here before and lived through it."
Corvette Racing‘s next event is the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. on July 6-7, 2007.