Larbre Competition made the most of a two-day test at Sebring International Raceway earlier this week (9/10 March) when it got to grips with the new Corvette C7.R it will run in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship LMGTE Am category.
Here’s Paulo Ruberti at the wheel.
In preparation for the test, the French outfit’s technical team visited the US constructor’s factory in Detroit to learn more about the car’s building process and collect valuable data ahead of its 2015 campaign.
That allowed the Val de Vienne-based squad to renew a relationship with Corvette Racing that has seen wins in the LMGTE Am class of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in 2011 and new-for-2012 FIA WEC, and a pair of victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Larbre also used the Sebring test as an opportunity to announce that reigning LMGTE Am champion Kristian Poulsen will join the team as its third driver from Aston Martin Racing, partnering seasoned racers Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda.
The latest Larbre trio boasts a solid pedigree in GT racing, with Poulsen also winning the Le Mans 24 Hours last year. His new Italian team-mates already enjoy a strong relationship having raced together in the 2012 FIA WEC where they claimed four class victories.
Following a trouble-free maiden outing that saw 250 laps completed at the Florida venue, Larbre and the Corvette C7.R now head to Paul Ricard for the car’s presentation at the official WEC Prologue, which takes place on March 27/28.
Kristian Poulsen: “The car felt really good, everything went very smoothly and there were no problems. The team looks really strong this year and my co-drivers have a lot of experience, so hopefully we have a good chance of winning some races, and perhaps even Le Mans and the championship. I’m very much looking forward to the season getting underway at Silverstone.”