Corvette Racing have confirmed that they will not contest the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, which had been set to see the European debut of their new for 2020 C8.R GTLM machines.
The move comes hot on the heels of the decision by Porsche to withdraw their two North American-based 911 RSR-19s from the entry and leave just seven cars in the currently confirmed GTE-PRO field.
The logistical difficulties and financial impacts of the ongoing COVID19 crisis are at the core of the decision with major difficulties likely in ensuring that equipment and crew members can be reliably turned around between revised IMSA calendar commitments and the race in France.
“Corvette Racing has a long history of competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so our decision to not participate in this historic race this year was not an easy one,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Chevrolet Performance and Motorsports in a statement.
“Several factors played into our decision, including current conditions and the rescheduled timing. We’re proud Corvette Racing has been invited to the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the past 20 years and regret that we won’t be participating this year. We hope we have the opportunity to race at Le Mans again.”
Corvette’s GM-factory backed effort has been a staple at Le Mans since 2000 in the GTS, GT1, GT2 and LM GTE Pro categories. It was the longest current unbroken appearance streak by a single team.
The next two reserve listed entries in the sequence that could inherit a full Le Mans place are the #20 High Class racing LMP2 Oreca with Jan Magnussen the named driver and the #78 Proton Competition GTE-Am Porsche with Dennis Olsen the named driver.