Throwback Thursday: Watch Corvette C7R blast around LeMans
Ride along with the 2015 LeMans-winning Chevrolet Corvette C7R driven by legendary endurance racer Oliver Gavin.
For the second year in a row, Balance of Performance adjustments slowed the Chevrolet Corvette C7R teams down. As a result, Corvette Racing had to settle for a 3rd place finish in the 2017 running of the 24 hour endurance race. After the Corvette teams were among the quickest entries in practice, they were hit with a restrictor plate penalty, forcing them to downside the air opening leading to the engine, which in turn reduces the power output. This is what likely played a part in the Corvette being run down and passed by the Aston Martin which won the GTE Pro class at the 2017 24 Hours of LeMans.
For this week’s Throwback Thursday video, we throw the unpleasant results of the 2016 and 2017 24 Hours of LeMans race aside to look back at the winning effort turned in by the #64 Corvette back in 2015. We have found an in-car video showing Oliver Gavin piloting the class-winning Corvette around Circuit de la Sarthe and while it is unclear whether this lap was recorded during practice, qualifying or the race itself – it offers a great look at what goes on during a lap around one of the world’s most famous road course tracks.
Circuit de la Sarthe is about 8.5 miles long and it has 38 official turns, along with the Mulsanne Straight – a stretch of high speed track that measures nearly 4 miles long with small turns added in just to bring speeds down a bit. The LeMans track tests every aspect of a race car’s capabilities, with tight turns, extreme braking exercises and the greatest speeds that you will see in an organized road race and in the video above, Oliver Gavin shows us how to get around the famed track in a hurry.