Corvette Racing chasing a back-to-back Rolex 24 GTLM victory


Corvette Racing made it through a treacherous qualifying session unscathed at Daytona International Speedway ahead of this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona. Rain pelted the track for most of the day with the worst of it falling during time trials.

Corvette Racing returns to Daytona as the defending GT Le Mans (GTLM) class winner, having finished first and third in class a year ago. Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen will start side-by-side from the class's fourth row in their Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs. Gavin set a best lap of 2:03.974 (103.377 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R that he will drive with Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler.

Magnussen, part of the lineup in the race-winning Corvette a year ago with Antonio Garcia, had a best lap of 2:05.979 (101.731 mph) in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R that he will share with Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller.

Following its Rolex 24 success last year, Corvette Racing went on to claim endurance racing's Triple Crown - Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. No team had accomplished that feat in any class in 15 years.

This is the first race for the updated Corvette C7.R, which sees a number of aerodynamic improvements to increase downforce and handling capability. Weather conditions are nearly certain to improve for Friday and the weekend.

Oliver Gavin:

The conditions were treacherous. The track in qualifying was as bad as it has been all day. For the most part, making a lap was a matter of chance. It was frustrating not being able to make a proper run but it is what it is. It's a 24-hour race, and the conditions will be better on the weekend. We'll move on from this.

Jan Magnussen:

Today was less than ideal in a number of areas. The conditions have been far from perfect but we had a really good Corvette. We also had a problem with the windshield fogging, which meant I couldn't go when the track got better. It's a long race, and we have a really good record of success in the endurance events. We will be fine.

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