Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen has accused Ford Chip Ganassi Racing of sandbagging during last weekend’s Le Mans Test Day to gain an advantage, Motorsport reports.
Magnussen, driver of the No. 63 Corvette C7.R, believes the four Ford GTs were sandbagging at test day so they could receive Balance of Performance changes that may work in their favor. Magnussen’s co-driver Antonio Garcia was fastest in GTLM during test day.
“I’m 100 percent sure that’s what they’ve been doing,” the Dane told Motorsport in an interview in France this week.
The four Ford GTs received a 5 kilogram weight break from FIA stewards following the test, which compounds with the 20 kg weight break they received prior to the test day. The Corvette C7.R, meanwhile, received a smaller air restrictor designed to strip it of power.
“Looking at the test, it’s hard to make it any closer than that,” Magnussen said. “I think it’s a mistake making changes after the test.”
“Everybody was so close, within a second and a half. So pretty much by making changes they can only mess it up.
“There’s no way to make it better.”
Despite the weight savings, Magnussen doesn’t think the Ford squad will be fastest at Le Mans come Saturday. Instead, the Corvette Racing veteran has his eye on the factory backed Porsche 911 RSRs.
“I think Porsche will be fastest, that’s my feeling.”