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Le Mans Winner Heads to Watkins Glen

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Less than two weeks after participating in the world’s toughest endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the LMGTE Pro winning #64 Corvette Racing C7R will be back in action.

Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Jordan Taylor won their class at Le Mans last weekend, taking the victory by over 5 laps. The car is currently in the team’s factory in Michigan, and as well as being renumbered, is undergoing minor repair work in order to ready it for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on June 28.

As part of both the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, the 6 hour race at New York’s historic circuit is an important one which will see all four classes compete.

One of the GT Le Mans class entries will be the same car that won Le Mans this year, and will be driven by Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin as the #4 Corvette C7R. Co-driver Jordan Taylor will return to his normal spot in Wayne Taylor Racing‘s #10 Corvette DP car in the top-tier Prototype category.

“That was the cleanest car I’ve ever seen after a 24-hour race,” said winning crew chief Brian Hoye. “It was unbelievable – there’s only one little mark on the front. We have just very minimal damage on the front splitter – we could even run it that way at Watkins Glen.

“We’ll look the car over real well and do some routine maintenance. We’ll put on different dampers, different springs, different rate, different cambers – it’s just like going from one sprint race to another, because we made it out of Le Mans in such good shape, parts and equipment wise.”

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is recognised as one of the most difficult races in all of motorsports, but Hoye believes that his team faced another challenge that their rivals did not.

“Here in the Tudor Championship, it’s like racing on our home court. At Le Mans, we were definitely the visitors. Those guys are used to racing in the big European races like Spa and Silverstone. We’re the American team racing against the German Porsche team, the Italian Ferrari team, [and] the British Aston Martin team.

“While many of the rules are similar, the pit stops are different, the fuel rig height restrictors are different. It’s their court, and we’re going into the game that they perfected. It’s a tough deal. We learned a lot of things this year. We’re super-happy with the result, but we feel there are still a few things that we left on the table.”

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen takes place on Sunday, June 28 at 10:10 EST (15:10 UK time).

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