Larbre Competition has officially announced Jean-Philippe Belloc will replace usual driver Paolo Ruberti in the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ruberti, who serves as Larbre’s pro driver in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE Am class, was injured in a wreck at Hockenheim last week. Larbre called on Dutch driver Nick Catsburg and Frenchman Belloc to participate in last weekend’s Test Day at Le Sarthe.
“I am delighted to have been chosen by Jack Leconte to replace Paolo Ruberti, to whom everybody sends their best wishes, for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Belloc said in a prepared statement. “It’s a very nice show of trust and a great privilege to defend the colours of Larbre Competition in the world’s greatest endurance race.”
Belloc noted the Corvette C7.R proved it turn in a good result at Le Mans last year after Corvette Racing won the GTE Pro category in the No. 64 entry. For this reason, he’s hoping to challenge for the win this year.
“The LMGTE AM category is quite competitive this year but I think we have a very solid package. The Corvette C7.R has proven its worth and the team has what it takes to challenge for a good result.”
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