Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Withdrawn From Le Mans After Crash
The second day of qualifying for the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans brought sad news for Corvette fans, as the No. 63 car was withdrawn from the race following a crash at the Porsche Curves. As Jan Magnussen was trying to improve its qualifying time, a mechanical issue sent his C7.R into the wall, which resulted in damage to both the front and rear of the race car. Corvette Racing found that the car was damaged "beyond immediate repair" and decided to pull it from this weekend’s race.
Fortunately enough, Magnussen escaped unscathed from the impact. Although he had to be helped out of the car and sent to Le Mans’ medical center, the Danish driver was released after a series of standard tests.
“We are thankful that Jan has been checked and released by the ACO medical staff. We are disappointed that the No. 63 Corvette C7.R will be unable to compete at Le Mans this year. The Corvette Racing team put a lot of work into preparing two C7.Rs for this event, and unfortunately only one will be in the race,” said Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing.
This is the first time Corvette Racing has had to pull an entry at Le Mans.
Based on its results by the time of the crash, the No. 63 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R would have started the race in 40th position overall and sixth in the LM GTE Pro class.
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Why it matters
This is obviously upsetting news for Corvette Racing, which will have to rely on just one car in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Making things that much more frustrating for the American team is that the No. 63 car is the one that returned the best lap times of the two, being around two seconds quicker than the No. 64 car. It seems that all Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Ryan Briscoe can do is cheer for the No. 64 C7.R, which has qualified in 44th overall and eighth in class.