Luc Alphand and his racing team Alphand Aventures carried the flag for Corvette in Europe since 2006. His white GT1 Corvettes were a mainstay at Le Mans as much as the factory yellow C6.Rs. A crash while competing in the Rand’Auvergne all-terrain motorcycle race last year resulted in severe back injuries and now the former champion downhill skier has decided to retire from motorsports.
Alphand started racing Corvettes in 2006 with a C5.R that finished third in GT1 at Le Mans that year. He purchased the chassis of the two C6.Rs that raced for the factory team in 2006 and took 7th place in GT1 at Le Mans in 2007. Two Corvette C6.Rs were entered in the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans and Luc was one of the drivers to take 5th place in GT1 while the sister car finished 9th in class. Alphand’s Corvette C6.Rs finished 2nd in the GT1 class in 2009 and 2010.
Alphand started his Le Mans career racing Porsches and he could have chosen that route when he funded his own team, but he chose Corvette and Corvette Racing fans appreciate that he choose to run Corvettes in FIA competition and Le Mans. His competitive spirit will be missed and so we wish him well.
Here’s Luc Alphand from last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans where he gave a tour of his garage.