Corvette Racing chose not to participate in the private FIA World Endurance Championship test Sebring International Raceway this past weekend, which saw the majority of the WEC grid turn-up to the famous south Florida raceway.
The American team is planning to field a single Corvette C7.R in Friday’s WEC 1,000 Miles of Sebring for Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller. The Chevy team didn’t turn up to the pre-race test however, likely due to the fact that it has plenty of experience and relevant data from the track due to tis annual appearances at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
The WEC has not visited Sebring since 2012 and many teams have never run at the bumpy and taxing American track. A fire for the GTE Am Project 1 Porsche 911 and a crash for one of the SMP Racing BR1 LMP1s marred the weekend practice sessions, while the Racing Team Nederland Dallara LMP2 also went for a small spin at one point.
The No. 67 Ford GT of Harry Tincknell, Andy Priaulx and Jonathon Bomarito led the Day 1 practice session in the GTE Pro class in which Corvette Racing will compete, setting a time of 1:58.318. Their Ford teammates in the No. 66 Ford GT, Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson, were second with a best time of 1:58.492.
Day 2 of the test was also led by the No. 67 and No. 66 Ford GTs, which turned in laps of 1:57.411 and 1:58.114, respectively. The fastest time of the weekend overall was set by Mike Conway, who turned in a time of 1:41.152 in his No. 7 Toyota TSO50 Hybrid LMP1.
The first official practice for the FIA WEC 12 Hours of Sebring is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13th.