Corvette Racing will give the FIA World Endurance Championship a go, when the 6th race of the season will be run in Shanghai.
This is the first time for Corvette to enter a works team in the FIA WEC, if you count out the annual visit to Le Mans.
The drivers will be announced at a later date, but since the American IMSA season will be over by then, it could be drivers from there, or it could be somebody outside that programme.
The team will run in GTE Pro, with the well-known Corvette C7.R model.
Just one weekend ago, Racing24-7.net made an interview with Doug Fehan at Le Mans, where he was very interested in the FIA WEC, but that it was necessary for all regions of GM around the world to add budget to the programme, since the current programme is run from North America, where they don’t have resources to run a full FIA WEC programme. It would appear that his prayers has been heard with this, so far, single outing in China.
The FIA WEC has a winter break following the China round, and then starts the final part of the season with the 1000 Miles of Sebring being run on the Friday. The traditional 12 hours of Sebring will be run on the Saturday, but it is unlikely that the same two cars will run both days, since it’s commonly known that 12 hours of Sebring equals 24 hours at Le mans. But it would be interesting for Corvette to paricipate in this race, since their whole marketing machine is in Sebring anyway, so they would be able to double out – should the budgets, cars and the drivers be ready for it.
The Corvette C6-ZR1 and the C7.R has previously run in the FIA WEC, when Larbre Competition entered a car in the GTE Am category, running one of the former works cars.
The car won’t be in the traditional yellow colour, but will be the grey and red Redline Edition, which is popular in Asia.
The FIA WEC round in China will be run on 18 November at the Shanghai International Circuit.