In September news surfaced that French Corvette Racing team Larbre Competition, who currently fields a Corvette C7.R in the FIA WEC’s GTE Am class, would make the move up to GTE Pro next year with the help of American team Wayne Taylor Racing. That plan was close to coming to fruition, however things fell through due to Larbre being unable to acquire a 2016 C7.R in time for the 2016 season.
According to Sportscar365, Larbre owner Jack Leconte said he was unable to get the required 2016-spec Corvette C7.R from Pratt & Miller in Michigan. The team was exploring the possibility of fielding one C7.R in GTE Am with their current driver lineup and another in GTE Pro with brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor. There was also another deal involving an unnamed GM factory driver and two other WEC veterans in the works.
“Initially, we wanted to run one car in GTE-Pro and one in GTE-Am, but GM’s board has decided otherwise,” Leconte said. “So we will stay in GTE-Am but with the desire to run two Corvette C7.Rs.”
“We’re working on this route, including being in contact with a French driver,” he added.