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Corvette goals to bounce again at The Glen after Le Mans catastrophe

Corvette goals to bounce again at The Glen after Le Mans catastrophe

After locking out the GTE Professional-class entrance row, the Normal Motors-owned model suffered a race to neglect within the ninetieth working of the French sportscar traditional, with its lead #64 C8.R contender taken out by an errant LMP2 automotive whereas on the entrance of the sector with six hours to run.

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The #63 entry, raced by Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg had already retired by that time with “vital mechanical injury” after an earlier suspension failure. 

Garcia hopes Corvette can avenge its painful Le Mans defeat within the third of the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds on the 2022 IMSA calendar, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, the place he returns behind the wheel of the marque’s #3 automotive alongside Taylor within the GTD Professional division.

“It clearly was a shock,” Garcia mentioned of Corvette’s Le Mans double DNF. “It’s been some time since we’ve retired from such a giant race like this. Le Mans is all the time powerful for everybody, however I didn’t anticipate to retire going into the race. 

“It’s disappointing on one hand, however then again I used to be proud of the efficiency we have been having. Unluckily the sister automotive needed to retire as effectively. It’s time to bounce again. 

“We’ll be again to the GTD [GT3] spec so we have to get used to this automotive configuration. The Glen has all the time been a extremely good racetrack for us. 

“It is one other new place for this automotive on this configuration, and we don’t know the place are in opposition to the remaining. Trying again at different races, we’ve been aggressive so I hope all the pieces stays the identical and we’re in a position to struggle for it.”

#3 Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R GTD: Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor

#3 Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R GTD: Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor

Photograph by: Artwork Fleischmann

Garcia admits he’s not sure how the C8.R will carry out in GT3 specification at The Glen, however is hoping a discount in pace in comparison with final yr will truly play to its strengths, as all 5 lessons converge on the 3.4-mile former Formulation 1 venue for the seventh IMSA spherical of the season.

“We didn’t check [at Watkins Glen],” mentioned Garcia. “I feel there was some testing happening however we have been absolutely targeted on Le Mans.

“As now we have at each different race monitor, we are going to correlate all the info now we have from the [2021] GTLM automotive and translate all the pieces we all know to date to what we expect a baseline can be for this automotive. 

“We don’t know the way it will go but, however I feel now we have a slender path to know the place the automotive ought to be.

“Now we are literally slower so in a method that makes it simpler in comparison with GTLM the place we have been having to cross quite a lot of automobiles but additionally have been sort of in the best way of the prototypes. 

“Now it’s extra about combating in our class and simply getting handed as an alternative of making an attempt to get previous another lessons. Which will make it just a little simpler but it surely’s nonetheless a query mark for Jordan and me to understand how this automotive will really feel.

“Let’s see if the Corvette is quick sufficient to be up entrance and if we will go for the win.”

Corvette received final yr’s Six Hours of The Glen in opposition to restricted opposition from BMW and the WeatherTech Porsche within the now-defunct GTLM class, with Garcia and Taylor taking the checkered flag forward of the RLL-run BMW M8 GTE of John Edwards, Jesse Krohn and Augusto Farfus.

Taylor holds particular reminiscences from final yr’s race, the place he scored his first-ever victory at Watkins Glen so as to add to his earlier successes at different main enduros together with the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

“Profitable final yr’s race was a giant deal,” mentioned Taylor. “It was all the time on my dad’s [Wayne Taylor] bucket record of races to win as a driver.

“I feel it was the one endurance race that he hadn’t received. He received Daytona, Sebring, Petit Le Mans and Le Mans, so the one he all the time talked about was the Six Hours.

“The identical was taking place for me. I had gone all these years with out profitable it. I completed second a few occasions, I feel, and it was all the time one thing little.

“To lastly have all the pieces click on and work out was fairly particular. It actually kicked off our season final yr with a great run of success.”

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