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Larbre Confirms Corvette C7.R Entry for GTE-Am

Larbre Competition to run Corvette C7.R in FIA WEC…

Photo:  Larbre Competition

Photo: Larbre Competition

As first revealed by Sportscar365, Larbre Competition will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, campaigning a Corvette C7.R in the GTE-Am class. (En Français)

The French squad, run by Jack Leconte, did not take part in the globe-trotting series last year due to the C7.R’s ineligibility for the GTE-Am category.

It marked an absence for the Corvette brand from a full-season presence in FIA WEC following two seasons of running a C6.R, fielded by Larbre, which has finalized a last-minute deal to enter the championship again.

“Everything was decided in 10 days,” Leconte told Endurance-Info. “I said a few weeks ago that I was expecting to propose something and it happened.

“Running a Corvette C7.R last season in GTE-Am was impossible and the GTE-Pro class is reserved for professional drivers. It was therefore difficult to assemble a budget.

“When Larbre engages in such a competitive championship as the FIA WEC, we’re not [here to make up the numbers].”

Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda have been confirmed as two of its drivers. The Italian pairing drove the AF Corse-run 8Star Motorsports Ferrari F458 Italia GT in the championship last year.

The team, meanwhile, is expected to use one of the chassis currently campaigned by Corvette Racing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

While three cars were initially built, a fourth chassis is in the process of being assembled.

Larbre is expected to begin testing with its newly acquired Corvette C7.R later this month at Sebring.

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

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. North

    February 3, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Yes! This is awesome!

    • vanillachinchilla

      February 5, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      whoa! they are showing up the factory team with this paint!! step it up corvette racing!!

  2. Nuno Rosário

    February 3, 2015 at 11:27 am

    yes! finally some variety on GTE!

  3. N8

    February 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

    It will be very nice to see a Labre Vette back out there.

    How many GTE-Am entries is that now?

    • Lyra

      February 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Too many.

      • Bandit

        February 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

        NOT ENOUGH!! We need more! Best class out there with LMP2!

    • Harrison Bien Aime

      February 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      i think 8 GTE Am Entries is Plenty Enough. ProSpeed and 8Star are question marks as 2 of the drivers from those two teams are moving over to rival squads: Ruberti and Roda(8Star > Larbre Competition) And Perrodo and Collard( Prospeed > AF Corse)

  4. Max

    February 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Neat. Why was it “impossible” last season to run GTE-AM but possible to run GTE-Pro? Was that a rules thing or is that just his way of saying it didn’t work out for AM and he wasn’t interested in Pro?

    • Sabrean

      February 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Rules thing, GTE Am rules are that the car must be a year old. As the Corvette was new last year, it was ineligible.

      • eric

        February 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

        I was under the impression that the rules were changed to allow current cars in GT-AM last year, but that the C7R was not officially homologated by the ACO/FIA until shortly before Le Mans last year.

        • jack

          February 3, 2015 at 2:27 pm

          its complicated, the cars could be the same spec, so the gte am cars could run the same upgrades as the current cars, but not a car that is just being introduced

  5. Sabrean

    February 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Well, this is excellent news, will be great to see it at Silverstone. I’ll be excited to see how Larbre stack up against the Astons in Am, could be time for some nostalgic Corvette vs Aston action!

  6. Derek

    February 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Enter that sucker at Sebring or maybe the Glen or Petit!

  7. Rey

    February 4, 2015 at 2:56 am

    So what are we looking at for Full Season entries?

    LMP1 – 11
    LMP2 – ~8?
    GTE Pro – 6
    GTE AM – ~7

    That sound about right?

    That would get you 32 right there.

    • Tom

      February 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Closer to 11 for LMP2…

      2 ESM HPD’s
      2 SMP Racing BRO1’s
      2 Team SARD-Morand Morgan’s
      1 (Maybe 2) G-Drive Ligier (With Lambo branded engines)
      1 KCMG Oreca-05 Coupe
      1 Strakka Dome HPD
      1 Signatech Alpine

      At least that’s who’s hoping to enter.

      • Harrison Bien Aime

        February 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm

        No SMP racing in WEC this year, Focusing on ELMS.

        Surprised that they won’t be in the WEC this year full time.

        • Tom

          February 5, 2015 at 3:51 am

          Typical that they’d come out with that after I posted haha. Although the only source is motorsport.com at the moment. I’ll wait for Sportscar365, Racer, Or Dailysportscar to confirm.

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