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.
in Autosport this morning was bull****,” Jan was happy to
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.”
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.
the final Corvette ingredient in place. 2004 testing of the factory
C5-Rs begins at Sebring on February 1.
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.