Oliver Gavin and Antonio Garcia will have the driving duties in the #63 Corvette C8.R for the 8-hour race. They will be competing against the full-time WEC entries from Ferrari and Porsche who each have two cars entered for a total of five in the LMGTE Pro class.
This is the first time that Gavin and Garcia have shared the same car for Corvette Racing. It also marks the return of Gavin to Corvette Racing after he “stepped back” from the team at the end of 2020.
This will be only the 2nd time that the C8.R has competed in the WEC. Last year the team entered a single car in the Lone Star Le Mans at COTA in February 2020 with Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller. The team was forced to cancel its trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans after 20 consecutive appearances due to schedule changes and COVID quarantines for international travel.
Corvette Racing is also eyeing the 6-Hour race at Spa-Francorchamps on May 1st as the team works to complete its prerequisite entries in two WEC races ahead of June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is also on the WEC schedule.
Portimao is a city in Portugal that is home to the Circuit Algarve, a 4.653 km (2.891 miles) race track with 15 turns. Prologue, the WEC’s official pre-season test will be held at the track on March 30-31st.
Corvette Racing had its WEC-spec #63 Corvette C8.R down at Sebring in recent days as it prepares for Portimao and some of that practice session was captured and uploaded to YouTube.
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