Wayne Taylor Racing and Larbre May Join for GTE-Pro Corvette C7.R in 2016 FIA WEC


Wayne Taylor Racing and Larbre May Join for GTE-Pro Corvette C7.R in 2016 FIA WEC
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We could know by Halloween whether Chevrolet will be competing in the GTE-Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016.

Wayne Taylor is negotiating with Larbre Competition’s Jack Leconte about a joint effort, with the two men meeting last weekend at Circuit of The Americas to discuss the matter.

If all goes well, Taylor’s son Ricky and possibly Jordan Taylor could be driving a new Corvette C7.R in the championship next year.

“We’re trying to see if we can formulate a plan to run a GTE-Pro car in the WEC next year,” Wayne Taylor tells sportscar365.com.

“It would be with Ricky or it could be with both. It’s a little bit up in the air. There’s a few things that have to fall into place.”

Wayne has set a deadline of Oct. 31 to work out a deal with Larbre for the all-pro entry, and other Corvette factory drivers could also be involved.

Larbre already competes with a 2014-spec Corvette C7.R in the GTE-Am class and is considering going to GTE-Pro with new regulations and Ford arriving next year.

Wayne says he’s negotiating with Konica Minolta for the proposed full-season World Endurance Championship joint effort, but don’t worry – he says Wayne Taylor Racing is still committed to the IMSA WeatherTech Championship next year with Ricky and Jordan and their Corvette DP.

Scheduling conflicts could cause problems for the partnership, though, as the WEC season-opener will be held at Silverstone April 15-17, same as Long Beach, while GTLM cars will compete in the Lime Rock Park weekend in July, same time as the WEC round at the Nurburgring.


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