Corvette Racing’s #73 Compuware Corvette C6.R, driven by Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia at the Le Mans 24 Hour race, would complete 314 laps during the 24 hour race and finish two minutes and 29 seconds ahead of the runner-up entry.
The team has previously scored six wins in the GTS/GT1 class at Le Mans (2001-02, 2004-06, and 2009). The team moved to the GT2 class in 2010 and the Le Mans race was a tough teacher that year, with both cars retiring before the end. For 2011, the GT2 class was renamed as the GTE Pro class.
A lot can happen in 24 hours of racing and this year’s event proved no different. The #74 car, of Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, and Richard Westbrook, was lost to an accident after leading the GTE Pro class for nearly sixteen hours.
At that time, the #73 car was a lap down from the lead. A concerted effort by the team drivers unwound the one lap deficit and 25-year-old Tommy Milner was able to pass for the lead with a little over two hours remaining. Earlier in the week, the team had focused on race setup, satisfied with their qualifying times.
Check out the in-car video below to get a feel for the Le Mans course and enjoy the symphony of the ZR1’s responsive engine.