Two days of testing were packed full of news from the Larbre Competition team at Sebring International Raceway on March 9-10.
Larbre used the two days on the track to find out more about the new Corvette C7.R they’ll be running in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship LMGTE Am category.
Ahead of the testing, Larbre’s technical team from France had visited the U.S. constructor’s factory in Detroit to get the inside scoop on how the car is built and pick up data that will be useful for the upcoming season.
The French competitors also used the time at Sebring to bond with Corvette Racing, a relationship that has proven fruitful during the past four years when they won the LMGTE Am class of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in 2011 and the first year of FIA WEC in 2012, along with two wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
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Larbre also announced this week that reigning LMGTE Am champion Kristian Poulsen will be the third leg of the team along with veterans Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda.
Poulsen’s addition makes a strong trio for Larbre as he is coming off a win at the Le Mans 24 Hours last year. Teammates Ruberti and Roda took four class victories themselves in the 2012 FIA WEC.
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The maiden voyage, with 250 trouble-free laps at Sebring, turned out nicely for Larbre, and they’ll carry the C7.R to Paul Ricard for its presentation at the official WEC Prologue on March 27-28. Poulsen said the Corvette felt “really good” at Sebring, with everything going smoothly with no problems.
“The team looks really strong this year,” he added, “and my co-drivers have a lot of experience, so hopefully we have a good chance of winning some races, and perhaps even Le Mans and the championship. I’m very much looking forward to the season getting underway at Silverstone.”
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