The new Corvette C6-R (or is it C6.R?) proved its mettle by taking 1st and 2nd place in the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A ProDrive-prepared Aston Martin DBR9 managed a very respectable 3rd-place finish in the class. The Aston Martins were running considerably faster than the pair of Corvettes until the last few hours of the competition, where a fuel delivery problem cropped up on one car while the other DBR9 had to make a visit to the pits for a new radiator. Endurance racing favors reliability, and the DBR9 will likely develop that in due time, where as the Corvette team was able to draw on their extensive experience with the C5R to keep things running smoothly. In the LMP1 class, it should come as no surprise that the Audi R8 won (even hobbled with ballast and intake restrictions), but the Pescarolo team finished close behind, perhaps foreshadowing some increased competition in this class.  The overall victory by Audi gave Tom Kristensen racked up his 7th Le Mans win, setting a new record (previously held by the great Jacky Ickx).



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