Corvette Racing’s Alexander Sims set the fastest GTE Pro time in testing Sunday ahead of next weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans – the second time at the French endurance classic for the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.
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LE MANS, France (June 5, 2022) –Alexander Sims set the quickest GTE Professional time in testing Sunday forward of subsequent weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans – the second time on the French endurance traditional for the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.
Sims set the quickest GTE Professional time of three:54.001 (130.239 mph) behind the wheel of the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R through the second of two four-hour periods. Sims led a GTE Professional class that was separated by a bit greater than a half-second – a tremendous growth round an 8.5-mile circuit. He’ll drive subsequent weekend with Tommy Milner – who was quickest at school through the morning session – and Nick Tandy.
The Milner/Tandy duo are full-season teammates within the FIA World Endurance Championship, of which Le Mans can pay double factors towards. They’re third within the championship after two races.
Antonio Garcia was the quickest driver within the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette at 3:54.504 (129.991 mph). He, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg are racing the GTE-spec C8.R for the primary time since final yr’s Petit Le Mans within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The WEC Corvette has given your entire Corvette Racing group much-needed perception and knowledge on all kinds of things that might be key at Le Mans. Issues like pit cease procedures, tire choice and efficiency, and racing guidelines might be key to the group’s consequence.
In the meantime, the Garcia/Taylor/Catsburg trio spent Sunday relearning the GTE C8.R as a substitute of its GT Daytona (GTD) configuration from IMSA, which options much less energy, an ABS system for driver help and a typical Michelin tire that’s accessible to all groups, as opposed the GTE Michelin that’s designed particularly for the Corvette.
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Corvette Racing will contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11-12 with the inexperienced flag set for 4 p.m. CET and 10 a.m. ET. MotorTrend TV will air the race dwell with the MotorTrend App including protection of official practices and qualifying on June 8-9. Stay audio protection might be accessible from Radio Le Mans beginning with Wednesday’s first official observe session.
ALEXANDER SIMS, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:
“It’s good to be again at Le Mans and again within the Corvette. It was a little bit little bit of a loopy evening flying right here from System E in Indonesia and doing a good chunk of laps, one thing I wasn’t in a position to do final yr. It was good simply to get a superb feeling of the automotive and discover my rhythm. We discovered quite a bit about tire longevity; I used to be lucky to have a few security vehicles and gradual zones to undergo the Le Mans-specific guidelines and issues that may occur within the race, in order that was actually helpful. Issues like this and attending to double-stint the tires will show useful, too. Generally, it was a superb day.”
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:
“All in all, it was a reasonably good day. A variety of work that we did within the offseason to enhance the automotive, we felt as we speak which was nice. There have been a few points right here and there, however they aren’t issues we are able to’t remedy. I’m pleased with the progress the group has made because the offseason and the progress the group has made as we speak. We got here right here with a plan of what we wanted to study in regards to the tire right here at Le Mans. It’s a brand new compound for us right here. We completed what we wanted to. The Corvette is sort of comfy for us, which is a pleasant enchancment from final yr. On lap-time, we appear actually higher than final yr, which is nice since we’ve had some energy taken away. To date, so good.”
NICK TANDY, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:
“For certain, having all the pieces and everybody prepared from doing the earlier two WEC races has given us a head begin. Day One right here at Le Mans and issues went actually easy and we obtained by all the pieces we needed to do. It’s nice to have Alex again with us and to get some laps. The monitor seems to be good and it seems to be clear. The Corvette feels good. Issues can change between now and the race, however we’ve undoubtedly began with our greatest foot ahead.”
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:
“I’m happy. I used to be anticipating rain, a whole lot of purple flags and all that. On the finish of the day – particularly in comparison with final yr – we managed to place in a whole lot of laps. We did 50 laps this afternoon, which round right here is loads. There may be a whole lot of knowledge to see and examine to all of the pre-event knowledge we had. We are going to look and see what one of the best ways is to start out observe Wednesday. A variety of issues have been examined, so know we have to determine one of the best bundle for the raceweek.”
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:
“It’s our first time again since final yr, which was our first time right here with this automotive. Clearly, since then we’ve completed a whole lot of work within the simulator to make developments and got here again with some new setup methods, so it was good to place these to the check in actual life versus the digital world. I feel we’re fairly pleased with how we rolled off the truck right here. The automotive appeared to be a little bit of a step forward of the place we have been final yr from a stability perspective. Clearly, it’s good to get all three of us again within the automotive. For us on the 63 facet, we’re racing a a lot completely different automotive in IMSA lately, so adjusting to a unique tire and no ABS is unquestionably an adjustment. It was good that each one of us obtained a superb quantity of working as we speak. We are able to come again tomorrow and Tuesday and take a look at some knowledge and hit the bottom working on Wednesday.”
NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:
“It was actually good to get again on this spec of the C8.R. The most important factor between right here and IMSA is the dearth of ABS, which I like and is sweet. It requires extra ability and is extra of a problem, so that you do have to regulate to that. It was a few little bit of that as we speak and getting again into the rhythm of the monitor. I actually cherished it as we speak. I all the time love getting again within the Corvette after just a few months away. We made some enhancements on the automotive since final yr. Additionally doing the WEC season on the 64 facet has helped. The automotive feels good and is nice to drive. I can’t look forward to the remainder of the week.”