You guys will have to forgive me for my ignorance. I'm a newbie when it comes to le mans. Can someone tell me what the difference is between P1, P2, GT1, and GT2? Do they compete against everyone, or only the vehicles in their class??
To give you an idea the P1 and P2 class are the sports racer cars of the old days, these vehicles are also known as prototypes. They are not based on any production vehicle but built from the ground up race cars. The P1 class is the big daddy at Le Mans, they are around 2,000 pounds and 600-700BHP. The P2 class was made more for private teams meaning they are cheaper to run in this class. They are lighter and less powerful then the P1 cars, at twisty tracks P2 cars can actually beat P1 cars but at higher speed tracks the P2 cars get dusted.
As mentioned GT1 and GT2 cars are based on production cars, Gt1's are 2,400-2,500 and sometimes as much as 2,600 pounds packing 600+ BHP while GT2 cars are around 2,400 pounds and 450BHP, GT2 class is more for private teams while GT1 takes a good amount of money to compete.
There have only been two teams to beat the Corvette racing team at Le Mans. Pro Drive (Pro drive Ferrari with 550/575) and Oreca (with Vipers) have beaten the Corvette team at Le Mans. However people have to understand Corvette racings typical plan at Le Mans, they dont really try to Qualify in a good spot but they focus on setting the car up the way its going to run the race. The C5R during the race has a best lap time in the 3:49.--- range and in the first test/practice session this year for Le Mans one of the C6Rs ran a 3:49.8--. Being so early on dont be shocked if the C6Rs are pulling off 3:48 maybe even 3:47 lap times. This year which will be the hardest ever for the team it seems that they are probably better prepared for this race then they ever have been.
Would be awesome if we got a Corvette 1-2-3-4-5 lol or hell while I am at it a overall win.