We’ve been hoping the organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans really want to see some competitive racing in the GTE-Pro class and that’s great news of the Corvette C8.Rs who are making their first appearance at the French endurance classic.
The Corvettes were already doing pretty well against their WEC competitors as Nick Tandy put the No.64 Corvette C8.R on the second row of the GTE-Pro starting grid after qualifying third following the Hyperpole competition on Thursday.
And now latest news from Sportscar365.com says that a Balance of Performance (BoP) update issued for the GTE-Pro class on Friday has provided the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R with a 7 kg weight reduction. The factory Corvette C8.Rs will now have a minimum weight of 1269 kg.
However, the BoP committee has also reduced the fuel capacity of the C8.Rs by one liter. In our opinion, that makes it sort of a wash.
Also affected in the new BoP update was the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo losing three additional liters of fuel. On Thursday, organizers released the first BoP update for GTE and the Ferraris in both GTE-Pro and GTE-Am received a reduction of one liter of fuel and had their power boost levels reduced across all RPM levels with the biggest reduction coming at the lower end.
Sportscar365 adds that it’s unclear why the last-minute Balance of Performance change was made just 24 hours prior to the start of the race.