Larbre Competition named official Corvette partner for ILMC for 2011
In 2011, the team Larbre Compétition will open a new chapter of their long story. After having clinched a large number of victories in Le Mans 24 Hours, in Le Mans Series, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and in French GT Championship, the most wrapped French endurance team puts the course on a new project, probably one of the most ambitious of its career. A the time when BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Spyker, Panoz and Lamborghini joined the endurance GT, Team Larbre Compétition joins Corvette to become its official GT2 team in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
This competition based around the Le Mans 24 Hours, will include seven races in 2011, among which two ALMS rounds (12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans), two races of Le Mans Series (1000 km of Spa and 1000 km of Silverstone) and finally two races in Asia. Larbre Compétition will enter a car on the whole season for a diver line-up highly experimented and composed with Gabriele Gardel, Julien Canal (winners of the last 24 Hours of Le Mans with Saleen) and Patrick Bornhauser (four time French GT Championship winner).
“The team Larbre Compétition chose to follow the ACO in the international great adventure of the ILMC" declares Jack Leconte, owner and managing director of Labre Compétition. "For this prestigious new challenge, we are happy to defend the colors of Corvette, a mythical mark all over the world and may be the most popular in Le Mans. We built the honours list of the Larbre team in accumulating a great number of victories with Porsche, Dodge, Ferrari, Panoz, Aston Martin and Saleen."
"I am proud that a new manufacturer trust in us, that’s the most beautiful recognition of our know-how. After one decade of French GT Championship, Patrick Bornhauser joined us on the international scene, alongside with Gabriele, who is a pillar of the team since a lot of years (four titles obtained with us) and of Julien Canal, who proved all his competences this year in Le Mans as of its first time."
"Michelin, Demeco, McDonald's, Charmant Z and BSI have already joined us as partners in this ambitious project which goes concretely to start this winter when we'll go to Sebring for intensive private tests the 8th & 9th February with the American official Corvette Racing team (Pratt & Miller). All the team will return in Europe only after the 12 Hours of Sebring, mid-March, once they will know perfectly the car. The C6R GT2 Corvette in version GT2 won the last race in ALMS this year, it is from now on a succeeded car and we have big hopes on it to get new successes. Besides, we will enter probably two cars in next Le Mans 24 Hours.”