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Corvette to Run Second-Heaviest in Shanghai

WEC confirms six-hour race BoP for Corvette C7.R ahead of the team’s Asian debut…

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The FIA has issued Balance of Performance for the Corvette C7.R ahead of its cameo appearance in next weekend’s Six Hours of Shanghai World Endurance Championship round.

According to the pre-event BoP, the Corvette will run second-heaviest of the GTE-Pro class entries for its first regular-season WEC outing since 2014.

Its declared minimum weight of 1276 kg means it will be 27 kg heavier than it was at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, where it finished fourth in class.

It has also been given a maximum fuel capacity of 96 liters which is unchanged from the last time it joined the GTE-Pro field, along with a 30.6 mm restrictor which is the same as the Porsche 911 RSR.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin will share the Redline-liveried Corvette for the Chevrolet factory team’s Asian debut.

Elsewhere, all full-season GTE-Pro cars except the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo have been handed weight breaks in the latest round of automatic BoP changes.

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE, which took its first-ever pole last time out at Fuji, will run 6 kg lighter while the BMW M8 GTE, Porsche 911 RSR and Ford GT have all had 5 kg taken off.

The Aston has also received a slight increase in turbo boost pressure while the Ferrari has had some of its turbo power taken away.

Ferrari Handed Breaks in GTE-Am

Substantial weight increases have been made to the previous-generation Aston Martin Vantage GTE and the Porsche 911 RSR in the manually-formulated GTE-Am BoP.

The Porsche, which has won the last three races, has had its minimum weight raised by 20 kg while the Aston will run 10 kg heavier than it did at Fuji.

These changes appear to be geared towards bringing the Ferrari 488 GTE closer to the competition after a winless start to the 2018-19 campaign for the Italian marque.

Ferrari has also been granted a positive turbo boost ratio adjustment for the first time this season.

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.

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