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Larbre Aiming to Run Corvette C7.R in 2014

Larbre Competition exploring possible Corvette C7.R for FIA WEC season…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Larbre Competition could run Corvette’s new C7.R in next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.

The French squad, which has campaigned Pratt & Miller-built Corvette C6.Rs for the past three seasons, is understood to have been lobbying the ACO to allow the new-for-2014 C7.R to compete in the GTE-Am category.

GTE-Am class regulations prohibit current model year cars, although Porsche’s 911 RSR, which received significant end-of-season updates, will be allowed to race in both GTE-Pro and GTE-Am next year since the car raced in that spec in 2013.

“Complications regarding the homologation of Corvette’s new C7.R mean we can’t yet confirm our 2014 plans, but we will go back to the team’s roots in order to create new challenges which we’ll announce as early as January,” team principal Jack Leconte said in a statement.

While yet to make its race debut, Corvette’s highly anticipated new GTE-spec contender has completed a significant amount of pre-season testing in the lead up to next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

It’s believed Larbre could take delivery of the factory squad’s test car, if its C7.R program would be given the green light.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. jack

    December 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    well the c7.r has already been on track… so it is technically a 2013 car is it not? im guessing the rule book says the car must have raced the previous year

  2. Fabio

    December 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    yeah Jack, that’s why the news say they’re lobbying for the C7.R to be allowed in GT-Am, as that would imply a modification of the rules

  3. Matty

    December 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I think Larbre can afford at least two other pros to pair up with Bornhauser. Ought to be able to hold their own in GTE-Pro. Won’t win but will be competitive.

  4. NaBUru38

    December 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Oh, I wish they could hire Christian Hohenadel, Jeroen Bleemolen and Antonio García and run full-time in GTE-Pro…

  5. Scott F

    December 19, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I’m guessing GM does not want them racing GTE Pro. If they wanted a Pro entry, they’d do it themselves.

    • Jack

      December 20, 2013 at 1:02 am

      i kind-of agree with that because if someone like callaway wanted to do a gte program i think gm would give them the cars, but labre just doesn’t have the drivers or the overall package to be competitive in a all factory class, if there is a competitive team that wants to do pro, gm might back them

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