Larbre Competition seals third successive Le Mans 24 Hours victory
Larbre Competition secured a third successive GTE Am victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours today (June 16/17), confirming their status as the class' dominant force at the world's foremost sportscar race.
Piloted by Julien Canal, Patrick Bornhauser and Pedro Lamy, Larbre's #50 Corvette C6.R was in contention throughout the twice-around-the-clock contest. The Val de Vienne-based outfit again saved their true pace for the main event, qualifying in eighth spot but quickly ascending the order once racing got underway on Saturday.
Making up significant ground in the early stages, the #50 had climbed to P3 by the third hour and was contending for the lead as darkness fell on the La Sarthe circuit.
During the crucial night running the race became a two-horse duel between Larbre and fellow French squad IMSA Performance, whose #67 Porsche remained a threat throughout.
However Larbre ultimately had enough in hand to secure the victory, calling on their extensive winning know-how at the circuit to see them through to the flag.
For Canal today's triumph represents a third successive Le Mans victory with Larbre, while Bornhauser takes his second and Lamy achieves his first with the team.
The team's #70 entry was also able to record a strong result at the 24 Hours by taking fifth in GTE Am. The car's all-French crew of Jean-Philippe Belloc, Pascal Gibon and Christophe Bourret endured a difficult Le Mans week as tyre issues blunted their qualifying pace. However, like the sister car they were able to unlock more speed during the race and, despite an at-times fraught run, brought the car home for a hard-earned finish.
Jack Leconte, Team Owner: "The engineers and I calculated the time each IMSA driver had spent in their car and worked out that Anthony Pons had to return to the cockpit to complete his minimum running. Nevertheless we asked Pedro to push during his final stint and he did a great job. When we had a safe margin of around six minutes I decided to replace Pedro with our local driver, Julien Canal, and let him take the chequered flag at his home race. He has done a great job with us for the past three years and it was a nice way to say thank you and congratulate him for his third consecutive Le Mans win with Larbre Competition."