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Larbre Names Catsburg, Belloc as Ruberti Test Day Replacements

Nicky Catsburg, Jean-Philippe Belloc to fill in for Paolo Ruberti at Larbre…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Larbre Competition has brought in Nicky Catsburg and Jean-Philippe Belloc to replace the injured Paolo Ruberti at the Le Mans test day on Sunday.

Ruberti had a heavy accident during a coaching session at Hockenheim earlier this week, ruling him out of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with the GTE-Am team.

While an official decision on Ruberti’s replacement for the race has yet to be announced, the team did reveal on social media that Catsburg and Belloc will test the team’s Chevrolet Corvette C.7R on Sunday.

They will join full-season drivers Yutaka Yamagashi and Pierre Ragues.

“Due to his crash earlier this week during a coaching session, Italian driver Paolo Ruberti had successful surgery in Germany yesterday and will remain at the hospital for a few days,” a statement from the team read.

“Drivers Jean-Philippe Belloc and Nicky Catsburg will be behind the wheel of the No. 50 Corvette on Sunday with regulars Yutaka Yamagishi and Pierre Ragues.

“Jack Leconte and his team wish Paolo a speedy recovery.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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