Larbre Competition has taken the first steps on its journey towards this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours as the Val de Vienne-based outfit prepares to launch a two-car assault on the twice-around-the-clock classic.
The team attended Sunday’s scrutineering when its pair of Corvette C6.R GT Am entries underwent technical and administrative checks at Place de République. Build-up to Saturday’s (June 16) race continued on Tuesday evening with Larbre’s drivers attending the traditional autograph signing sessions where fans turned out in force to meet the stars of this year’s 24 Hours.
Larbre’s preparations will step-up another gear today as they hit the track for the opening practice and qualifying sessions at the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe.
Jack Leconte, Team Owner: "There is always a great deal of excitement about returning to Le Mans to begin the journey towards another 24 Hours. The combination of this incredible circuit and the possibilities of the race that lies ahead give the whole team a huge lift, not least the drivers.
"We were thrilled to see so many of our fans turn out for both scrutineering and the autograph sessions. We thoroughly appreciate their support and take a great deal of strength from knowing they will be cheering us on during the race.
"And so the Larbre Competition crew is ready to tackle the great challenge that is the Le Mans 24 Hours once again. With the help of our fantastic partners, passionate fans and expert technical suppliers I believe we can aim for a top result come Sunday afternoon."
Patrick Bornhauser, #50 Corvette C6.R: “During scrutineering I was humbled to realise that I will once again be contesting this historic top-level event. Indeed, meeting members of the public and event organisers reminded me how fortunate I am to be participating in one of the biggest races in the world.”
Pedro Lamy, #50 Corvette C6.R: “I am delighted to be back at Le Mans with Larbre Competition. Scrutineering was fantastic and yet again appeared better attended than the previous year. What’s more our team is well prepared and I’m thoroughly looking forward to getting out on the circuit for first practice.”
Julien Canal, #50 Corvette C6.R: “I am thrilled to be back at Circuit de la Sarthe sharing in the enthusiasm of the partners and spectators. The atmosphere is relaxed at the moment but we’re slowly getting into competitive mode and the pressure is definitely building.”
Christophe Bourret, #70 Corvette C6.R: “It was great to arrive in Le Mans on Sunday for scrutineering at Place de la République. Since completing this this we’ve been busy with briefings and have also focused on a few last minute physical preparations before practice gets underway.”
Pascal Gibon, #70 Corvette C6.R: “It is a pleasure to be back at Le Mans for a second attempt at this extraordinary race. After spending the first few days attending autograph sessions for the fans – who are as passionate as ever – the pressure is really starting to build. We are approaching our second 24 Hours with a great deal of humility.”
Jean Philippe Belloc, #70 Corvette C6.R: “As ever, there were fans from all over the world in Le Mans as early as Sunday – despite the inevitable rain. From a sporting perspective the pressure is building, but we’re ready to take on whatever the race has to throw at us.”
Following today’s free practice and opening qualifying, Larbre will tackle another pair of timed sessions tomorrow as the grid for this year’s event is set. Friday will see the team participate in the traditional drivers parade through the streets of Le Mans ahead of Saturday’s start to the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours at 3pm local time.
Wednesday 13th June
16:00 – 20:00 Free practice sessions
22:00 – 24:00 Qualifying practice session 1
Thursday 14th June
19:00 – 21:00 Qualifying practice session 2
22:00 – 24:00 Qualifying practice session 3
Friday 15th June
10:00 – 20:00 Pit Walk
17:30 – 19:30 Drivers parade (City centre)
Saturday 16th June
09.00 – 09:45 Warm-up
14:22 Starting procedure begins
15:00 Start of the 80th Le Mans 24 Hours
Sunday 17th June
15:00 Finish of the 80th Le Mans 24 Hours