Tuesday 6 December 2016

FIA WEC: Larbre Competition ready to move up to GTE-Pro

French team Larbre Competition continues to focus on an improved effort in the FIA World Endurance Championship next season. It's no secret that Jack Leconte and his team were already pursuing a move up to the GTE Pro class ahead of this season, but ultimately things didn't work out, resulting in a new entry in the GTE-Am class. 

In 2016, the Corvette C7-R finished in the points in 8 out of 9 races and scored four podium finishes at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Nürburgring and COTA. The increased collaboration and factory support of  Pratt & Miller and the addition of Ricky Taylor to the driver line-up in the second half of the season has certainly upped the team's performance. 

Leconte and his team now wait for a decision to be taken by the General Motors management whether they will be able to enter a Corvette C7-R in the GTE-Pro class next year. After a successful partnership of 6 years with Corvette Racing, expectations are high again to make the move with factory support.  Adding the Corvette to the Pro class would bring a fifth manufacturer in the mix, joining Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche, with BMW set to join in 2018.