Sharing the American model’s solo entry with Jan Magnussen, Rockenfeller endured a irritating first outing aboard the C8.R on the Lone Star Le Mans occasion, the pair ending a distant sixth and three laps behind the successful Aston Martin.
Rockenfeller estimated that the Corvette, which was dropping 7km/h (4mph) to its rivals in a straight line owing to what group supervisor Ben Johnson had described forward of the weekend as a “conservative BoP”, was dropping 50 seconds a stint to its rivals.
Solely a late battery drawback for the #91 Porsche saved the Corvette from ending final out of the seven-car GTE Professional discipline.
Given the automated BoP utilized by the category is just designed to make adjustments after two races, Rockenfeller mentioned Corvette will should be given further assist if the C8.R’s subsequent outing within the Sebring 1000 Miles is to be any extra aggressive.
“I actually hope they do one thing, in any other case we’re simply driving round burning gas and tyres,” the Audi DTM common instructed Motorsport.com post-race. “It is lower than me, however the individuals within the FIA and the ACO know what they’re doing.
“Personally, I hope we at Sebring can battle for one thing. I do not need us to be by far the quickest automobile, however hopefully we will have a good probability in order that we will race the fellows, and if we do an ideal job we will battle for one thing within the pack.”
Reflecting on the race itself, the German added: “The optimistic was that we had no points in any way, the automobile ran very well. Clearly we had been missing tempo, however the final purpose was to not win right here, simply to do in addition to we might.
“It takes some time for everybody to grasp the automobile, there’s nonetheless a margin on set-up to enhance. It was not straightforward with simply two [practice] periods on that monitor to do it completely.
“However everyone has seen we’re actually struggling, particularly on the straights. Even the Am vehicles had been faster than us once they had the nice guys in.
“Whenever you’re being lapped and you don’t have any tempo, it isn’t good. However that was clear earlier than the race; we did not anticipate any totally different. There was no probability.”
Rockenfeller hadn’t pushed the C8.R previous to the Austin weekend however mentioned he had seen sufficient potential within the automobile to recommend it will likely be able to win races quickly.
“It is not that we’re not attempting,” he mentioned. “We’re right here on residence floor for Corvette, lots of followers are supporting us, so it isn’t like we’re comfortable to be the place we’re pace-wise.
“However this group has gained a lot previously, this automobile will likely be quick. It is a matter of time. It was already good in Daytona, super-strong, so I anticipate quite a bit from the C8.R.”