Corvette C5 Racing History
C5-R Customer Cars
There was an agreement in mid-2001 for Atomic Kitten Racing to buy two C5-R race cars (most likely C5R-006 and C5R-007, although C5R-008 was also a possibility). The deal was later cancelled.
Above - Pratt & Miller - September 14, 2001 Chassis Numbers C5R-006 and C5R-007
Above - C5R-007 was completed November 12, 2001. This photo was sent to me by a European race fan. C5R-007 finally found a home as it became the first C5-R to be raced by a Team other than the factory:
Belcar (A Belgian GT Racing Series) Corvette C5-R
From dailysportscar.com: "Joost Custers brings us this exclusive, straight from Belcar team owner Patrick Selleslagh.
Selleslagh has bought Pratt & Miller Corvette chassis #7, which was lined up to be a spare car for Corvette Racing: it was purchased after long discussions and with the support of Sara Lee, the Belgians sponsor. It looks superb, doesn't it?"
The car was finished on the 15th of January, 2003, and tested by Freon, O'Connell and Fellows in the USA, with the new owner driving it on the same day.
The car has been 'updated' to Belcar rules, so no carbon brakes, smaller restrictors... and it will start the season with a manual gearbox. Patrick Selleslagh hopes to develop the car during the season, probably by changing to a sequential gearbox. As it stands now, the Corvette delivers 600 bhp and 800 nm of torque from 2000 revs / min and is mainly set up in endurance (Le Mans) trim. This will off course be a huge advantage at Zolder, for the 24 Hours.
Above - 2005-07-28 - C5R-007 at Spa Preview Parade for the FIA GT 24 hour
Above - 2005-03-27 - C5R-007 at Zolder, first factory-built private-entry Corvette win in Europe.
Above - 2004-08-01 - C5R-007 at Spa FIA GT 24hr - Qual 6th - DNF 28th out of 43
Above - 2005-07-28 - C5R-011 at Spa Preview Parade for the FIA GT 24 hour
Above - 2005-10-23 - C5R-011 at Zhuhai, China winning FIA GT Race 9
Above - 2005-10-23 - C5R-011 at Zhuhai, China winning the FIA GT Race