Vosse returns to Larbre Competition for the 2008 FIA GT Championship Larbre Competition will return to the FIA GT Championship in 2008, with a GT1 Saleen S7R driven by Gregory Franchi and Vincent Vosse. The French squad have spent the past two...
Vosse returns to Larbre Competition for the 2008 FIA GT Championship
Larbre Competition will return to the FIA GT Championship in 2008, with a GT1 Saleen S7R driven by Gregory Franchi and Vincent Vosse.
The French squad have spent the past two seasons in the Le Mans Series, winning both the drivers' and teams' championships in 2006, but also boasts an impressive history in the FIA GT championship having won four titles in four years. Larbre also won consecutive Spa 24 Hours' in 2001 and 2002.
Belgians Franchi and Vosse will spearhead the team's attack on the GT1-class at the wheel of the hugely successful Saleen S7R. Former World Series by Renault racer Franchi graduated to GT racing last year with Larbre, contesting the five European rounds of the Le Mans Series aboard the team's Aston Martin DBR9. Vosse meanwhile raced Luc Alphand Adventures' Corvette C6.R in 2007 but has a long and successful history with Larbre. He won the Le Mans Series GT1 title with the Val de Vienne-based squad in 2006, and has finished on the podium three times, including victory in 2002, at the Spa 24 Hours.
Team Prinicpal Jack Leconte said: "There's not much I need to say about the FIA GT Championship. It's such a great competition and we felt we just had to be part of it. I know the quality of our team and the performance level of the Saleen S7R is demonstrated by its results last season. Both drivers feel at home at Larbre. Vincent does not have a lot to prove, and even less with us after his LMS championship success of 2006, while Greg showed last year that he has all the characteristics of a leader."
Vincent Vosse meanwhile was delighted to return to the French squad. "This alliance was obvious. At this level, attention to detail often makes the difference and this is one of the things that explains our successful partnership at the Spa 24 Hours over recent years. Larbre and I have finished on the podium in all our three races at Spa, including victory in 2002, one of the greatest results of my career. Such achievements cannot be put down to luck. If we also add my title success with the team in the Le Mans Series in 2006, this new chapter in our partnership can only become a success. The FIA GT Championship and I also share a long history. I have achieved 19 podiums and two victories to date and the objective is to improve those statistics as much a possible during the season to come."
Greg Franchi added "After a learning season in 2007, which included a win during the Spa-Francorchamps 12 Hours, a sixth place at the Spa 24 Hours and my participation in the LMS championship, the time has come for me to step things up. Larbre Competition are the best in what they do and driving with Vincent should help me challenge for wins. When we add the Saleen to this cocktail, then everything is perfectly set up."