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Pair of Corvette C8.Rs run out front in wild Le Mans early running

Pair of Corvette C8.Rs run out front in wild Le Mans early running

LE MANS, France (Aug. 21, 2021) – Corvette Racing’s pair of mid-engine
Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs spent time out front in the early running of the 24
Hours of Le Mans on Saturday following a wet and chaotic start.

The No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor
and Nicky Catsburg led the Corvette charge after six hours in third place
but well within striking distance to the GTE Pro leader. Catsburg was in for
his first stint at the six-hour mark with three cars within 3.5 seconds from
second to fourth.

Both Garcia and Taylor led in their opening runs in the Corvette as
early-race tire and fuel strategies came into play that caused the class
lead to shift depending on the pit stop cycle. Garcia had moved from seventh
at the start into the lead midway through his first stint.

Alexander Sims ran fifth in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R that
he shares with Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy. Milner was the early GTE Pro
leader despite being hit from behind as the cars rolled off the starting
grid for the formation lap. Nevertheless, Milner charged to the head of the
category as moderate to heavy rain fell across the circuit.

The No. 64 Corvette fell back in the order due to a pitlane refueling
penalty and lost additional time when it was separated from the GTE lead
pack by one of the three safety cars in the opening three hours.

Corvette Racing’s next update will come at the halfway mark.

challenging start with the weather. It was difficult sometimes to see, but
the car felt good and I was able to pass people. I got around a few cars at
the first corner and then into the first chicane got by one of the Porsches.
I just carried on and by the time I got out of Indianapolis I was P2. But it
was very difficult to gauge when to pit and go to slicks. We probably should
have stopped right away when the other Corvette stopped. But other than
that, I think we are fine. We were the first cars to double-stint our first
set of slicks. The C8.R is running perfectly. The Ferraris have a bunch of
speed but we will see. But probably the biggest competition we have is Le
Mans. You never know what is going to happen in this race."

happened! For some reason we've struggled to get this car moving at times.
We've worked on improving it. I struggled a little bit to get it going. For
some reason I had an impatient driver - or someone who wasn't paying
attention - behind me and gave me a good whack. It doesn't seem like it
hasn't done major damage but there is some there. That's unfortunate. We'll
see what happens with that as the race progresses. After that, we had a very
wet start with cars all over the place. Those were very difficult conditions
with all the spray. You just kind of have to survive that, but we did and
got out in front. There was a miscommunication on one of the pit stops and
we got a penalty. That set us back a little bit. We didn't get hurt too
badly under the safety car and lose too much time to where we were before.
We still have some work to do. Hopefully if there is another safety car that
we can close the gap enough to where we're back with the leaders."
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