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Corvette Racing Confirms 6H Shanghai Entry

Single Corvette C7.R to join GTE-Pro grid for WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai…

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Corvette Racing has confirmed that it will enter the Shanghai round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in November.

A single Corvette C7.R will join the GTE-Pro grid for round five of the 2018-19 ‘Super Season’ in what will mark the U.S. company’s factory racing debut in Asia.

Sportscar365 believes that the entry has been the result of increasing pressure from the ACO for General Motors to contest world championship races outside the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It’s also understood that a Corvette entry into the 1000-mile WEC contest at Sebring next March is likely.

The Shanghai car will compete in a one-off Redline livery to promote the launch of Chevrolet’s special edition range in China, which is the company’s second-largest market.

The driver lineup has yet to be announced.

“Corvette Racing has proven itself as a world-class racing program,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet director of motorsports competition.

“Competing in the Shanghai race provides us [with] an additional opportunity to test ourselves against the top manufacturers and teams in the FIA WEC.”

Corvette’s presence at the 6 Hours of Shanghai brings the number of GTE-Pro manufacturers up to six, after Porsche, Ford, Ferrari, Aston Martin and BMW.

“We are delighted to be able to welcome Corvette Racing and Chevrolet Shanghai GM to the 6 Hours of Shanghai in November,” said WEC CEO Gerard Neveu.

“To have a brand with the history and success of Corvette Racing join our already very strong field of manufacturers means an even higher level of competition in our LMGTE category and increased entertainment for the thousands of Chinese fans who visit the race.

“I know the whole WEC paddock will look forward to welcoming Chevrolet and Corvette Racing.” 

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. Redcap

    June 22, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Corvette on the starting grid…….but wait! Corvette mechanics rush to the car to make a last minute smaller restrictor change!……green flag! Corvette is loosing a lot of positions in the opening laps……. yellow flag! Pace car on track and passes the Corvette! …… Corvette into the pits…….but wait! Corvette is being held at pit exit until the pace car goes by. Corvette now three laps behind the leaders. Corvette struggling to get laps back…….but wait! Corvette being given a stop and hold for running to many laps without pitting! Rules and regulations! Just to darn many

    • Rus'L

      June 22, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      LOL

      Glad you’re not a cynical person…

    • gmfansaredelusional

      June 22, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      What a BOP crybaby and completely full of shit to boot.

      • Andy Flinn

        June 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm

        But he’s not troll.

        Did GM fire you?

        • Andy Flinn

          June 22, 2018 at 6:46 pm

          It will be great to see Team Corvette in the WEC race in China and hopefully at the WEC race at Sebring. The livery and wheels look GREAT!

          I bought my 4-day garage and infield camping tickets this week for the 2019 Rolex 24 (a bargain at $177).

          I’m curious to see what my Turn One spot and tickets for Sebring next year will cost. I hope the price doesn’t go up too much.

    • Mike S.

      June 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      You are saying that these rules were just discriminatory and only levied to the Corvette? The rules were laid out beforehand. Are there too many though yes, indeed I agree. The car is old and a new one will be here with a mid-engine so maybe the old lady is just long in the tooth now.

  2. jason

    June 22, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Great to read about! If the Corvette can just run mid pack in the GTE pro field at Shangahi. I think it will be a win of sorts. Also possible this car will run in no-mans land between the Pro and Am grids during the race as well. The Sebring 1000 would be an event I think the car would be expected to contend for victory.

    • Davy

      June 23, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      Why would the Corvette be slower than the other cars in its class? It’s generally considered as the finest GTE vehicle before being BOPed into oblivion.

  3. Dan

    June 22, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Fassler and Rocky for Shanghai in November, mebbe? Rocky’s in DTM, right? That series concludes in October. What’s Fassler doing these days aside from enduros with Corvette?

    • JamieR

      June 22, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Fassler Races with Audi in Blancpain. He is still contracted as a works driver with them i believe, but is allowed with Rocky to race for the Vettes as due to a friendly relationship between the 2 brands.

  4. Chase

    June 22, 2018 at 11:08 am

    We really wanted to see Larbre Comp run a Pro entry or two but I guess this will do.

  5. David Chaste

    June 22, 2018 at 11:19 am

    the friendly relationship between Audi and GM is that they do not compete directly in any category as factory teams.

    Since the IMSA season would be over by then. If you have to go all that way might as well have 2 cars in my opinion. What if something happen to this lone entry early on? They need fassler and Rocky, they know the circuit much much better than any corvette driver, and fassler knows the WEC environment very well. It would get them on the pace right away.

    • James

      June 22, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Just don’t let Mark Reuss drive the pace car.

      • Vwzx7

        June 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm

        Bahhh Bam!

  6. Jenner

    June 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Even if they don’t win on Sunday, I’m betting the Chinese will buy on Monday. Pretty sure with China being the second largest market for GM has something to do with it, but that’s ok, racing is a marketing business.

    Is Johnny O available?

    • Kevin

      June 22, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      All they have to do is call Johnny and he’s there. He’s said it on my podcasts 🤞🏼

      • Kevin

        June 22, 2018 at 1:35 pm

        *many* not my

  7. Kurt

    June 22, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    The conspiracy theorist in me thinks the ACO suggested that Corvette do more ACO races or they’ll never have a chance to win Le Mans again!

    • Kevin

      June 22, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Doug Fehan has said that himself at the corvette corrals. He’s said that they won’t give them much help in BoP because they’re not full time in the WEC.

  8. N8

    June 22, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    19 consecutive entries into the ACO’s blue ribband event and 20 consecutive seasons in an ACO sanctioned category under ALMS and IMSA, but Pierre Fillon has his beret in a bunch because they’re not supporting the world championship? That’s a joke, right?

    These people aren’t ashamed to display a stunning level of ingratitude, are they.

    • Jake

      June 23, 2018 at 5:18 am

      My exact tesponse too. Name another program thats had the consistent presence at LM that Corvette have had.

      Also, if its about “supporting” the rest of the world championship, maybe if any of the other WEC events were relevant, they may have a point. But the most of the world don’t even know a world championship exists.

  9. Ryan

    June 22, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Quite honestly they are taking the fun out of everything in racing. Pwc (gtsa, gt cup, gta, gt) indycar, etc. Too many rules (I mean fueling restrictions)? Even the local tracks with social media everyone is complaining. Auto racing will be a bygone past time or is it here already?

    • Tom Walker

      June 22, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Restrictors have been used in ACO fuel rigs for over 10 years, it’s nothing new!!

  10. KV

    June 22, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    CHINA is a major market for GM,AND IT IS OF mutual benefit to FIA and GM TO BE THERE !

  11. ImpliedConsent

    June 22, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Ask @CorvetteMS @CorvetteRacing if they will be using the C7.R or C8.R?

    • Passenger

      June 22, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      C8.R hasn’t arrived, GM keeps C7.R until 2019.

    • Andy Flinn

      June 22, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      It was recently mentioned by Doug Fehan, either here or on another site, that GM and Team Corvette are taking a “wait and see” approach to the new regulations and, therefore, will be racing the C7.R for the foreseeable future.

      That’s not a bad thing.

  12. Pierce

    June 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    So how does the BOP work if it takes in data from the previous two WEC rounds to make changes ? Will the corvette run at it homologated weight an restrictions

    • Andres

      June 22, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      it will be mandated to run at the back of the pack of GTE for sure

  13. Davy

    June 23, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    GM and Corvette shouldn’t be giving the crooked ACO and FIA the time of day. Why compete in their dead series? Not like any fans show up outside of LM.

  14. HamP22018

    June 24, 2018 at 4:06 am

    This doesn’t concern me because i decided to abandon the WEC after the joke of a race Le Mans was this year. I’ll stick with IMSA and wait for the WEC to implode.

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