While the 2011 American Le Mans season got off to a rocky start for the Corvette Racing team, the drivers and their cars seem to have found their feet (and tires) as the season goes on. In addition to a number of podium finishes, Corvette Racing also managed to take first place in their class at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. That is a huge accomplishment for this passionate racing team, and cause enough to celebrate such an important victory.
It didn’t come easy though, and it can be hard to appreciate just how fast these cars go, and how grueling the Le Mans track is. So for the fourth video in the Track to Street racing series that follows Corvette Racing, we are given a front-bumper view of a fast lap at Le Mans.
The car-cam was hooked up to the Corvette driven by Oliver Gavin, who has raced at Le Mans 11 times, and has now won it five times in total. Obviously, Gavin is a veteran driver, and along with teammates Antonio Garcia and Tommy Milner, he was able to help pilot the #73 Corvette C6.R to Le Mans victory in the GTE class.
This video is not from the actual race itself, but rather a hot lap session in which Gavin navigates us through Le Mans. It is almost like having an onboard driving instructor, though even watching this fast lap video pales in comparison to what it must actually feel like to race around this track, sharing the road with other amazing drivers who want to win just as badly. So we just want to thank Gavin, and the whole Corvette Racing crew, for taking home the gold at Le Mans this year, because we know it wasn’t easy… but it sure looks like fun.