Official factory Corvette Racing driver and 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Olivier Beretta will join Larbre Competition for the final round of this season’s Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China on November 13.
The 41-year-old Monegasque and former F1 driver joins the #50 Corvette C6.R crew of Patrick Bornhauser and Julien Canal who, along with Gabriele Gardel, have already helped Larbre Competition secure this year’s GTE-Am ILMC Teams’ title with a round to spare.Few drivers can boast the same level of success behind the wheel of a Corvette in international sportscar competition as Beretta who has scored four of his six Le Mans 24 Hours class victories, as well as three American Le Mans Series GT1 titles, while part of the General Motors factory fold.
That level of experience and success will now be transferred to Larbre Competition who, as well as retaining their ILMC crown, added to another successful campaign by scooping a second consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours GTE-Am victory last June. The team is no stranger to Zhuhai having raced there on no less than six occassions, while Beretta’s sole outing at the Chinese venue in 1999 enhances their collective knowledge still further.
Although Beretta is making his competitive debut for Larbre Competition, the partnership will benefit from time spent together during the Le Mans Test Day earlier this year when a selection of Pratt and Miller’s engineers and driver squad, including Beretta, assisted with set-up and development work.
Olivier Beretta: “I had the opportunity to work with Jack Leconte’s team during the Le Mans Test Day when I drove the Larbre Competition-prepared Corvette while the works cars were still in Long Beach. There have been chances to race