French racing team Larbre Competition is trading in its Corvette C7.R for a Ligier-Gibson JSP217 prototype, as the team returns to racing in the LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans after three years of campaigning a C7.R in GTE-Am. According to Motorsport Week, former Aston Martin factory driver Fernando Rees of Brazil, who last year drove the No. 50 Larbre Competition Corvette C7.R to a pole position start in GTE-Am, is the team’s only confirmed LMP2 driver so far.
Competing in P2 represents a sizable change of pace for Larbre Competition, which “has competed 24 times at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but only once with a prototype in 2014,” says Team Manager Jack Leconte. Last year, the No. 50 Larbre Competition Corvette C7.R was the only Corvette to race in the GTE-Am class. It ended the race in 15th in class – 48th overall – despite securing pole and keeping pace with Aston Martin Racing in testing.
Even if it didn’t win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, or come especially close to it, the Larbre Competition Corvette C7.R was at least memorable for its awesome glow-in-the-dark livery, pictured above. We can only hope the team does something similarly cool with its new Ligier prototype.