Corvette Racing may be sending a single C8.R to contest in two World Endurance Championship (WEC) races in Europe this spring as a prerequisite for its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
According to Sportscar365.com, the team is eyeing a potential two-race campaign at the 8 Hours of Portimao (Portugal) on April 4th and the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on May 1st. Both races would see the C8.R run in the LMGTE-Pro class (the WEC’s equivalent of IMSA’s GTLM class). The data collected during those two races would be used by the series organizers for determining the Balance of Performance levels for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In recent years, Corvette Racing has had to compete in two WEC races as a qualification for its Le Mans invites. Last year, the team raced a single C8.R entry at the WEC’s Lone Star Le Mans at COTA in February and was scheduled to also participate in the 1,000 Miles of Sebring before it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to logistics and COVID travel restrictions, the team was forced to back out of the rescheduled Le Mans race from which it had been a participant in for the last 20 consecutive years.
One of the major factors for the team to look at racing in Europe is the reshuffled IMSA racing schedule which has no GTLM races between round two at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March to the fifth race on the schedule which is Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen held in June. There are two IMSA races between those dates at Mid-Ohio and Detriot, but they do not include GTLM.
A Corvette Racing spokesperson told SportsCar365.com, “If there are opportunities to support the WEC, we would definitely look into it.”
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