After being forced to sit out last year’s racing season, French team Larbre Competition is set to return to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s grid this year in a Corvette C7.R, Sportscar 365 reports.
Larbre was previously responsible for fielding the C6.R in FIA WEC competition, but were forced to the sidelines last year as the newly introduced C7.R did not yet meet the proper specifications for the series’ GTE-Am class. They’ve finalized a last-minute deal with the FIA this year, allowing them to run the C7.R for the full season.
“Everything was decided in 10 days,” Larbre team boss Jack Leconte said. “I said a few weeks ago that I was expecting to propose something and it happened.
“Running a Corvette C7.R last season in GTE-Am was impossible and the GTE-Pro class is reserved for professional drivers. It was therefore difficult to assemble a budget.”
Drivers Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda, who both drove an AF Corse Ferrari 458 last year, will serve as two of the team’s drivers. The team will reportedly receive one of the C7.R chassis used by Corvette Racing and will receive a second car in time for the start of the WEC season in April.