Chevrolet withdraws #63 Corvette damaged in Jan Magnussen crash

Chevrolet has withdrawn the #63 Corvette C7.R from this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours after the car was seriously damaged when Jan Magnussen crashed during final qualifying on Thursday

Chevrolet withdraws #63 Corvette damaged in Jan Magnussen crash

Magnussen was uninjured in the accident in the Porsche Curves, but the Corvette cannot be repaired on site.

There is no spare chassis available because all three C7.Rs in existence are entered for the race, two by the factory Corvette Racing squad in GTE Pro and one by Larbre Competition in GTE Am.

Mark Kent, director of Chevrolet Racing, said: "We're disappointed that the #63 Corvette C7.R will be unable to compete at Le Mans this year.

"The Corvette Racing team put a lot of work into the two C7.Rs for this event and unfortunately only one will be in the race."

Chevrolet confirmed that a mechanical issue was the cause of the accident, but released no further details.

Magnussen, who was sharing the car with Ryan Briscoe and Antonio Garcia, crashed into the outside wall on the exit of the double left-hander in the Porsche Curves and then spun across the track and hit the wall for a second time.

Garcia's best time from Wednesday time had put the car sixth in the GTE Pro qualifying classification.

The #63 car came back to finish a close second in GTE Pro at Le Mans last year with Magnussen, Garcia and Jordan Taylor driving, despite losing two laps early in the race.

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