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LE MANS, France, Corvette Racing took the top two spots on the qualifying list in its debut in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Corvette Racing Qualifies One-Two in GT2 at 24 Hours of Le Mans
Gavin and Magnussen Improve Times in Second Night of Qualifying

LE MANS, France, June 10, 2010 – Corvette Racing took the top two spots on the qualifying list in its debut in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Oliver Gavin improved his time in the Thursday night session to 3:59.435 in the No. 64 Compuware Corvette C6.R. The Risi Competizione Ferrari, which had been on the provisional GT2 pole, was subsequently disqualified for a technical infraction, promoting Gavin to the No. 1 spot in GT2. Jan Magnussen also posted a quicker lap at 3:59.793 to put the No. 63 Compuware Corvette C6.R second in the GT2 category. The two Corvettes and the No. 95 AF Corse Ferrari were the only GT2 cars to qualify under four minutes on the 8.47-mile circuit.

“As always here in qualifying, it was a bit of a banzai run,” said Gavin. “The guys sent me out with great tires and good position on the track. I felt that if only we could get a clean lap and I could get it all together, the time would be there.

“I made a small mistake coming out of Dunlop chicane – I got on the Astroturf and it spun the rear tires up. I was concentrating on the chicanes and I got through those cleanly, and then I stumbled upon a GT1 car in the second chicane. I pushed like crazy for the rest of the lap, and in the Porsche Curves I was really holding on. The Ford chicane was still a little damp, so I had to hold my breath and wing it. I’m very pleased with my lap.

“It looks like Le Mans is going to be a fantastic race between us and Ferrari and Porsche,” said the Briton. “This event has really been our focus, and the Corvette has come on strong.”

Magnussen’s bid for the GT2 pole was stymied by traffic. “The car was really good but the traffic was horrendous,” he said. “It seems that when it gets dark, some people forget where the track goes. I’m encouraged by how well the car handled and everything worked. I would have liked to have a shot at the pole, which I really believe the car was capable of. It’s a really good starting point.”

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