Larbre Competition’s pair of Corvette C6.Rs experienced differing fortunes as darkness gave way to light at Le Mans this morning.
The #50 car has seldom had the pace of its GTE Am class rivals at this year’s event following a late change to the Balance of Performance regulations, but continued to lap with metronomic precision through the night and now sits fifth after being unlucky with the timing of several safety car periods. Ricky Taylor is currently at the wheel.
Most importantly however it runs third of the cars contesting this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, with regular drivers Patrick Bornhauser and Julien Canal eyeing a solid result at this double points-paying round.
The #70 sister machine also remains in the race, albeit 36 laps behind their team-mates, after Cooper MacNeil was tagged into a spin by a prototype. A resulting clutch problem saw the car spend a long time in the pits and now lies 11th with Cooper back aboard following stints from Philippe Dumas and Manu Rodrigues.
Jack Leconte, Team Manager: “We were unlucky during the night due to each of the three safety car periods beginning just a lap after we had pitted for fuel, which lost us a lap on each occasion. This, added to our lack of top speed along the straights – which has destroyed our race – has become frustrating.
“Since the shower at the end of the night the drivers have found a good rhythm, especially Ricky Taylor, and we’ve begun to climb back up the order. In the last four hours the #50 car has gained five places, which is good news for the championship as we’re third of the WEC entries. As for #70, we lost a lot of time repairing the clutch before Philippe had a moment.
“Of course we will continue fighting until the chequered flag.”