Jan Magnussen – Corvette Man
dsc tracked down Jan Magnussen at the Autosport International exhibition today, keen to nail down rumours of the Dane’s sportscar plans for 2004. The Dane seemed to contradict a magazine story that he was bound for the Japanese GT Championship.

“The piece in Autosport this morning was bull****,” Jan was happy to confirm!

“I tested a car in Japan to make sure I kept my options open, but my main programme for this season is to contest the Danish Touring Car Championship, and to help develop the Peugeot 307 for an entry into the European series in 2005. I do have a sportscar programme in place for 2004 and there should be an announcement of that tomorrow.”

No, that’s today, Jan. Oliver Gavin was too tactful to drop any hints until the news became official, and Jan certainly wasn’t about to upset his new employers, but he is the sixth Corvette driver for the 2004 endurance races at Sebring, Le Mans and Road Atlanta (partnering Gavin and Olivier Beretta in #4). Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell in #3 are joined by Max Papis at the big three.

So that’s the final Corvette ingredient in place. 2004 testing of the factory C5-Rs begins at Sebring on February 1.

Michelin tyres, a new six-speed gearbox from X-trac, engine performance enhancements and further aerodynamic modifications will further improve the C5-R, as it sees out its final ALMS / Le Mans season, against mainly Ferrari and Saleen opposition. Then it will be the C6-R for 2005.

 

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