Rumours of a return of Corvette to the WEC (wec-magazin.com reported) have now been officially confirmed. Experienced French privateer team Larbre Compétition will enter the 2015 WEC with a Corvette C7.R.
Internal problems and difficulties bringing over the latest incarnation of the Chevrolet Corvette to Europe meant that Larbre Compétition decided not to enter the 2014 WEC season. But now the French privateer squad is back in the world’s top endurance racing series. Apart from the return of the Larbre Compétition team itself, WEC fans around the world will be sure to welcome the return of the rumbling Corvette C7.R to the GTE grid. Jack Leconte’s team is set to enter one car in the GTE Am class.
Italian driver pairing Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda. who spent the 2014 season fighting for the GTE Am title in a Ferrari 458 Italia for 8Star Motorsport, have already been confirmed for 2015. The team are also keen on joining the factory Corvette Racing team with a privately entered car in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
It remains to be seen whether Larbre Compétition will be able to match the successes of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, which included a Le Mans victory and GTE Am title in 2012, with this last-minute deal. What is clear is that the French équipe will put the Corvette C7.R through a rigorous testing programme at Sebring Raceway in before March’s WEC Prologue. Barring any major problems, the 5.5 litres of Corvette power will be roaring around Silverstone come April.