Over the last couple of years, Larbre Competition has fielded a Corvette C7.R in the LMGTE-Am class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Larbre’s Corvette entries have affectionately been known as the “French American” and we all remember last year’s dramatic No.50 C7.R “Human” art car that was one of the more memorable entries in their 24 years of racing.
The team will be celebrating their 25th year at Le Mans and will be changing things up by fielding a Ligier JS P217 in the LMP2 Prototype class at the Summer Classic.
During his ACO press conference remarks in Paris earlier this month as reported by dailysportscar.com, team owner Jacques Leconte says the switch to LMP2 is due to the C7.R platform showing its age and C8 is still being developed.
Leconte could be generalizing about the C8 Corvette, which is undergoing development as a street car and is expected to break cover early next year, but his quote specifically mentions racing the C8:
“The story with Corvette is not over though. It was not possible to enter another C7.R in the GTE Am category. This car is aging and we would not have been in a position to secure a good line-up at Le Mans in 2018. It was also too early to enter a C8 as this car is still in development.”
We all know that a C8.R will be coming. During this year’s Corvette Corral seminar at the Rolex 24, Corvette Racing’s Doug Fahan simply stated that “Whatever we build…we will be racing…of that you can be certain” in response to a question on whether the team will be moving to a C8.R.
Take Leconte’s remarks for what they are. He clearly has enjoyed his relationship with Corvette Racing and Chevrolet with racing Corvettes at Le Mans and the WEC, and so we are glad to hear him say that Larbre Competition is not yet finished with Corvette quite yet.
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