24h Le Mans
05/06/2019 - 09:01

Mike Rockenfeller (Corvette Racing): “There's no margin for error in LMGTE Pro”

For Mike Rockenfeller, who clocked the fastest time in LMGTE Pro with the #63 Corvette C7.R, Test Day at Le Mans was productive. The American team used the eight-hour track time to try out various tyre compounds, building up confidence lap after lap.
Mike Rockenfeller (Corvette Racing): “There's no margin for error in LMGTE Pro”

Are you satisfied with today’s performance?

Sure, it’s always good to be fastest, but today doesn’t count. The important thing is the race itself. I love Le Mans, but I didn’t do Test Day last year; I went straight into the practice and qualifying sessions. We got in a lot of laps and tired out different tyres, which built our confidence. It was great to be back out there. The track was greasy and dirty this morning but by the end of the day it was much as it will be during the race. We got plenty of laps in and collected a lot of data.

Is your car the same as last year or has it changed?

It’s the same. We start out with our base set-up and work from there. There are only a few adjustments here and there. We worked on matching the right tyre compounds to the right temperature window. It went pretty well.

Your opponents are not far behind you. There is less than a second between the top 12, which heralds a fantastic LMGTE Pro class.

Yes! Which is nothing new! GTE Pro is the most competitive class, with rivalry between manufacturers and some spectacular show-downs. We all look forward to it. It’s a tight race and you have to defend your corner for a tenth of a second. There’s no margin for error.

This is Corvette’s 20th Le Mans. How do you feel about that?

It’s very special. It shows how much these people love Le Mans. Coming from the States is a big effort and they do it every year.

PHOTO: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES DU MANS, SUNDAY 2 APRIL 2019, TEST DAY. Mike Rockenfeller, Corvette Racing, registered the fastest lap in LMGTE Pro with the #63 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. 

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