Le Mans: Larbre 8 Hour Report
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With a third of this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours complete, Larbre Competition has made steady progress through the GTE Am class field to lie sixth and ninth with its pair of Corvette C6.Rs. However, the final outcome will be overshadowed by the death of fellow Aston Martin GTE Am driver Allan Simonsen who succumbed to injuries resulting from an accident just 10 minutes into this year’s race. Larbre Competition send their sincere condolences to Allan’s family at this difficult time. Patrick Bornhauser, Julien Canal and Ricky Taylor have overcome the fluctuating weather conditions to half a dozen positions and occupy sixth aboard the French team’s #50 entry, while Manu Rodrigues, Philippe Dumas and Cooper MacNeil are up two spots after qualifying 11th.
Patrick Bornhauser, #50 Corvette C6.R: “I took over after 60 minutes of racing in difficult conditions. It was raining at certain points around the circuit and dry at others, and I was on slick tyres! So I had to be very focused in order to keep the car on the track.”
Julien Canal, #50 Corvette C6.R: “That was a very good stint and I was feeling fine, but we lack straight-line speed. This is a major frustration as the car is great, better than last year in fact.”
Manu Rodrigues, #70 Corvette C6.R: “I did a double stint and it was a tiring one as the track is tricky. You negotiate one corner that’s dry and the following lap it’s wet. You have no reference points.”
Philippe Dumas, #70 Corvette C6.R: “I had a good stint, the car feels well balanced, I am quick in these conditions and I can triple stint easily enough.”
Cooper MacNeil, #70 Corvette C6.R: “I was focused on running a good pace, trying to do consistent lap times. That was also my first time out on fresh Michelins on a dry track where I could put more than one timed lap together. The Corvette is a lot of fun to drive around this circuit! I am happy with my progress so far today. We need to be there at the end.”