Corvette Racing confirmed this weekend to the ACO that it will be withdrawing from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans amid ongoing concerns over the Coronavirus pandemic. The decision will likely break a 20-year streak of consecutive appearances by the factory Corvette team at Le Mans.
The ACO had previously rescheduled the French Classic from its traditional mid-June running to September 19-20th. It appears that the logistics of moving equipment and people across borders during this time was just too much while also taking into consideration the revised IMSA schedule.
Corvette Racing follows the CORE Autosport’s Porsche 911 RSRs who also have withdrawn from Le Mans.
Jim Campbell, VP of Performance and Motorsports confirmed the move in a statement to Sportscar365.com:
“Corvette Racing has a long history of competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so our decision to not participate in this historic race this year was not an easy one,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President – Performance and Motorsports, in a statement supplied to Sportscar365.
“Several factors played into our decision, including current conditions and the rescheduled timing.
“We’re proud Corvette Racing has been invited to the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the past 20 years and regret that we won’t be participating this year. We hope we have the opportunity to race at Le Mans again.”
The withdraws from Corvette and Porsche brings down the total entries for GTE-Pro to seven.
This would have been the first appearance at Le Mans by the new mid-engine Corvette C8.R. So far the new racecar has only appeared in two races, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Six-Hour Lonestar Le Mans at COTA.