Larbre Competition, the French-based team, hopes to field a Corvette C7.R in the GTE-Pro class in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2017.
Larbre has been competing in the GTE-Am class with Corvettes for several years but wants to move up to the top GT category next year, hoping that it will get more factory support from GM and Pratt & Miller.
In preparation for the change, Larbre has upped the ante – signing GM factory driver Ricky Taylor for its Jack Laconte-led team for the second half of the WEC season and hiring a dedicated Pratt & Miller engineer.
Now that the evaluation process for a WEC GTE-Pro program in 2017 has been finished, Leconte says the outlook for approval by GM to enter a Corvette in the Pro class is “very promising” after six years of partnership with Corvette Racing.
“Over the past three months, the work we have accomplished with the Pratt & Miller engineers, and the experience Ricky Taylor gained in Mexico, Fuji, Shanghai and Bahrain – which will be again on the 2017 calendar – does not leave anything to chance for next year,” Larbre said.
Apparently a proposal is in place for Taylor and his 2016 season-long co-driver Pierre Ragues to return for the move to the Pro class, though it all depends on GM’s decision.
If approved for the switch, Larbre would have to upgrade its existing Corvette C7.R or buy an all-new car from GM.
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