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For Vette fans: Best fight of the last decade


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Poll: Your favourite head-to-head battle? (17 member(s) have cast votes)

Corvette Racing - GTS/GT1/GT2

  1. GTS Corvette C5-R [factory] vs Chrysler Viper GTS [Oreca] (5 votes [29.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.41%

  2. GTS Corvette C5-R [factory] vs Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello [Prodrive] (1 votes [5.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.88%

  3. GT1 Corvette C6.R [factory] vs Aston Martin DBR9 [Prodrive/AMR] (5 votes [29.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.41%

  4. GT2 Corvette C6.R [factory] vs BMW M3 GT-R [factory] vs Ferrari F430/458 [various] vs Porsche 911 GT3 RSR [various] (6 votes [35.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 35.29%

Favourite Le Mans outing

  1. 2000 in LMGTS - Le Mans debut for C5-R and factory squad; Corvette loses to all-conquering works Oreca Vipers (1 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

  2. 2001 in LMGTS - Corvette outlasts bunch of privateer Vipers and Saleens in very wet conditions and takes it's very first win at Circuit de la Sarthe (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. 2002 in LMGTS - Corvette continues it's domination against American muscle cars and debuting Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. 2003 in LMGTS - Prodrive-run Ferrari 550 takes it's only Le Mans win by a massive margin and upsets the American squad (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. 2004 in LMGTS - Late mechanical failures prevents Prodrive Ferraris from repeating it's last years win, and Corvette C5-R cruises to it's farewell Le Mans victory (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. 2005 in LMGT1 - New car and new opponents, but ultra-fast Aston Martin DBR9s can't match the more reliable and stable Corvettes who in the end cruise to victory in memorable fashion (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. 2006 in LMGT1 - Winning Corvette finishes 4th overall and once again beats tough and close competition from Prodrive-run Astons (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. 2007 in LMGT1 - Corvette loses to Aston for the very first time in Le Mans, just by one single lap (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. 2008 in LMGT1 - Factory Aston Martin DBR9's last GT1 outing scores them a second victory, and it comes after yet another brilliant cat-and-mouse game with Corvette (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. 2009 in LMGT1 - It's all about farewells as Corvette C6.R takes it's final GT1 win in a largely abandoned and forgotten category (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. 2010 in LMGT2 - After a superb battle with Risi Ferrari and outstanding 1-2 lead mid-way race, it all ends horribly after collisions and mechanical problems; Felbermayr Porkie wins (1 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

  12. 2011 in LMGTE-PRO - Late crash with Porsche ends #74's triumph, but it's a memorable win for the second Corvette after the leading AF Corse hits trouble (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

Favourite American Le Mans Series outing

  1. 1999 in GTS - First season of ALMS marks also the debut of C5-R, and the year sees Corvette participating number of events with moderate success (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. 2000 in GTS - Oreca's Chrysler Vipers dominate the season in their last full-season campaign as Corvette manages to score their very first race victories in the ALMS (1 votes [100.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 100.00%

  3. 2001 in GTS - Debuting Saleen S7-R wins the 12 hours of Sebring, but otherwise it's a brilliant run for Corvette as the team not only wins the ALMS championship for the very first time, but also Daytona and Le Mans 24 hours (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. 2002 in GTS - Corvette C5-R dominates the season and wins the championship by over 70 points from second-placed Kondrad Saleens (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. 2003 in GTS - Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello proves to be a dangerous competitor, and Corvette manages to win the championship only marginally (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. 2004 in GTS - The absence of Prodrive meant that there was pretty much no-one stopping Corvette, and the team scored yet another GTS championship win (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. 2005 in GT1 - New Corvette C6.R loses to Prodrive Aston Martin in the season opener and faces though competiton from privateer Saleen, unclassified Maserati and others in the remaining races, but still scores a brilliant championship victory (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. 2006 in GT1 - Last time of fierce competition in GT1 category, but what a great battle it is - full season of factory Corvette vs factory Aston Martin ends in Corvette's favour (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. 2007 in GT1 - After Prodrive's pull-out of the series in late '06, the GT1 category is starting to collapse and entries are down; Lonely Corvette C6.R easily wins every ALMS event it enters (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. 2008 in GT1 - Once again Corvette C6.R wins every ALMS race it enters as the cars are only mildly challenged by random appearances of privateer teams (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. 2009 in GT1 & GT2 - GT1 dies in North America as Corvette retires the old C6.R after Long Beach; GT2 vette comes in play half-way season and although they haven't got a chance to win the championship, the new car proves to be an excellent race car in this competitve category (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  12. 2010 in GT/GT2 - Rules require a switch from 7-liter powerplant to smaller 5,5 liter, and year proves to be a very difficult for Corvette Racing as the team struggless to match the opponents; memorable victory at Petit Le Mans brings hope thou (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 SonnyViceR

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 17:00

In my book there' been only four REAL periods of competitive racing for the official works Corvette Racing team. Saleens and whatsnots have always been knocking on the door, but the actual factory-supported opponents were the real deal. And who would those be?

-> Late 90's to early 2000's: Corvette vs Oreca Viper
-> Early 2000's to mid 2000's: Corvette vs Prodrive Ferrari
-> Mid 2000s to late 2000's: Corvette vs Prodrive Aston Martin
-> Late 2000's to early 2010's: Corvette vs everyone

Which has been your favourite battle in Le Mans and ALMS?

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Edited by SonnyViceR, 01 July 2011 - 13:38.


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#2 phil1993

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 17:02

Not gonna lie, I was curious as I thought you'd left an 'l' off of Vette and wondered why you were being so specific to a certain group of fans.

Now I feel like a tool.

#3 SonnyViceR

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 17:05

Hmm yes I can see your point! :)

#4 SonnyViceR

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 17:07

Oh yeah, and my heart will always be with the magnificient C6.R versus DBR9 cat-and-mouse game. Those were the times.

#5 klyster

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 03:28

I couldn't say for sure but it was really satisfying seeing them trump Ferrari in Le Mans 24 this year ;)

#6 SonnyViceR

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 14:45

It was a bit lucky win this year I admit, #74 got massively helped by the first SC and #73 didn't have to worry too much after the AF Corse car started to deal with their growing reliability issues. But yeah it was a quite satisfying victory after such a difficult start to GT2/GTE campaign, those beemers and co are giving them a good fight.

Shame for Ollie thou, he's had to retire THREE years in a row from class leading position now.

Edited by SonnyViceR, 30 June 2011 - 14:47.


#7 HaydenFan

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 14:51

I voted for the Aston, but I also remember how the ALMS really neutered the Aston as early on it looked as if the car was going to run away with the championship.


#8 SonnyViceR

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 15:01

Really, 2006 was the only season Prodrive run DBR9 full season in ALMS, and I recall IMSA handing plenty of extra ballast to Corvette more often than not so that Dave Richards would stop his unjustified public outcries.

Edited by SonnyViceR, 30 June 2011 - 15:05.


#9 wewantourdarbyback

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 15:48

This year, sat at Indianapolis watching the Vette catch the Luxury Ferrari and then seeing it come past ahead. We were the only people noticed and cheered, people thought we were mad.

#10 Andrew Hope

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 17:32

Vette/Viper battles of the late 90s and early 00s. Nothing comes close.

#11 Dolph

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 18:35

Not gonna lie, I was curious as I thought you'd left an 'l' off of Vette and wondered why you were being so specific to a certain group of fans.

Now I feel like a tool.


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#12 HaydenFan

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 19:30

Really, 2006 was the only season Prodrive run DBR9 full season in ALMS, and I recall IMSA handing plenty of extra ballast to Corvette more often than not so that Dave Richards would stop his unjustified public outcries.


I knew one of the cars was screwed with.

While I did vote for this, on track it was awesome, but off track, politics really made the race close.

Edited by HaydenFan, 30 June 2011 - 19:30.


#13 SonnyViceR

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 19:45

There is and has always been some debate behind the curtains, more so on the other side of the pond.. but it was a marvelous battle. Prodrive's ALMS effort was admittely a bit poorly executed thou, the four Le Mans outings with vette were the real deal (2005-08).

#14 FenderJaguar

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 11:40

I thought you meant VETTEL and that this was another thread from lewis or fernando fans to make sure we all know that Vettel isn't as good as them. Which he is.

#15 SonnyViceR

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 12:27

Second poll added, for fun! Sorry for those who already had the chance to vote...

Edited by SonnyViceR, 01 July 2011 - 12:34.


#16 SonnyViceR

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 13:25

And fnally, the third poll for American Le Mans Series.

#17 SonnyViceR

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 15:09

I didn't really wanna bother with another thread so let's just throw this here:
http://media.gm.com/...10-webcast.html

This is the official 2014 Corvette C7 production car revelation which will be streamed live from Detroit tonight at midnight (UK time). This is all very exciting for us, even though we pretty much know the look of the car thanks to dozens of websites. Note that this presentation has nothing to do with the Corvette C7.R, that will be announced later as the 2014 season approaches. Mr Gavin said yesterday that the hope is to have the car ready for the 2014 edition of the Daytona 24h, so obviously this will be the final year of running for the factory (GT2) C6.Rs.

#18 Kingshark

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 21:47

Not gonna lie, I was curious as I thought you'd left an 'l' off of Vette and wondered why you were being so specific to a certain group of fans.

Now I feel like a tool.

Same. :lol:

#19 Henri Greuter

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:15

My most lasting memory on Corvette:

2001, a rained out race: miles ahead of the opposition, and then surrender at least 2 or so places in the overall standing because of parking a healty enough to continue car for more ten half an hour in th pits.
Talk about showing confidence in the drivers and the car....

Sweetest result of that: a much laughed off LMP2 car with nothing more than a humble VW engine ending up in fifth place overall. Not even mentioning two Porsche of the GTS2 category also putting the Corvette further down in the overall standings.
Most laughable result: Corvette advertising winning the class in the Le Mans 24 hours instead of what was by own choice a "Le Mans Less than 24 hours"

Definitely not their finest hour other then that their direct opponents in the class did even worse.....

Sorry but I didn't vote: found the year but not the reasons why I remember the year so well....
By the way: Vette in my language means "Fat" like in "Fat men". Some associations with the cars you have in mind can't escape me.....


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Edited by Henri Greuter, 14 January 2013 - 08:19.