Corvette Racing has been a part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for a long time – 20 years to be exact. So for them to not participate in the race is almost unthinkable, but unfortunately we have arrived at such situation. For the 2020 edition of this historic endurance race, Circuit de La Sarthe will be missing this regular as the racing outfit withdraws its pair of C8.Rs.
Competing in the GTE Pro class, there are a bunch of factors that had contributed to this withdrawal, as according to a statement by Jim Campbell, the VP of motorsports and performance.
“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”, said Campbell.
Held annually in June, the race has been rescheduled to September 19-20. The provisional date is going to be a logistical challenge for them if they decide to run the race as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar also had a reshuffle. The Laguna Seca round will take place on September 6, just one week before the cars should be in France for Le Mans scrutineering.
The Corvette now joins CORE autosport’s Porsche 911 RSRs in confirmed withdrawals, and at the same time bringing down the GTE Pro entries to seven cars.