Corvette Racing will send one of its C7.R race cars to Shanghai this November to mark the team’s racing debut in Asia, closing out Corvette Racing’s 20th season of competition with a bang. The 6 Hours of Shanghai in China will be the fifth round of the 2018-’19 FIA World Endurance Championship “Superseason”, and although Corvette has never committed to a full-season factory effort in the racing series, the team isn’t entirely unfamiliar, having participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – the most famous round of the WEC series – for each of the last 19 runnings.
Corvette Racing’s C7.R will don a special “Redline” racing livery for the event, commemorating the launch of the Redline model series in China. The special-edition Redline treatment is planned to grace four models in that market by the end of the year, eventually expanding to encompass nearly every Chevrolet vehicle sold there.
“Corvette Racing has proven itself as a world-class racing program,” says Chevrolet’s Director of Motorsports Competition, Mark Kent. “Competing in the Shanghai race provides us an additional opportunity to test ourselves against the top manufacturers and teams in the FIA WEC.”
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race resulted in a fourth-place finish in GTE Pro for the No. 63 Corvette C7.R, while the No. 64 was forced to retire late in the event due to engine trouble. The Corvette Racing team has managed an impressive eight class victories at the legendary race since it began competing there nearly two decades ago.
In an interview before this year’s Le Mans race, while Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan didn’t completely rule out a full-season WEC effort for the team, he indicated it isn’t very likely due to the series’ limited marketing value for the team.