Classics Corvette C8.R ahead of WEC guest starts in Portimao and Spa

11:00  17 february  2021
11:00  17 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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The Corvette works team Pratt & Miller (Corvette Racing) is apparently about to make two guest appearances in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the 8 Hours of Portimao and the 6 Hours of Spa.

The US works team could use the two European races with the Corvette C8.R to prepare for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This is reported by 'Sportscar365', citing several sources. An official announcement is pending.

The step would be logical, because the Sebring 1,000 miles, the original prelude to the 2021 WEC season, would have been the start of the team anyway. Already in 2020 they had participated in the Lone Star Le Mans in Austin and had also submitted a nomination for the Sebring 1,000 miles. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the event was canceled.

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The 1,000-mile race has also been canceled in 2021 and has been replaced by an 8-hour race on the Algarve Circuit in Portimao. For its part, the IMSA SportsCar Championship has postponed the races in Long Beach and Laguna Seca Raceway from April to September.

For the GTLM category, there is a gap of three months between the 12 Hours of Sebring (March 20th) and the 6 hours of Watkins Glen (June 27th). The GTLM class will not start in the races in Mid-Ohio (May 16) and Detroit (June 6).

All three WEC races (including Le Mans) now fall into this gap - provided they take place according to plan. After the compulsory break in the previous year, Corvette would like to go back on the hunt for the GTE-Pro class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and needs preparation accordingly with the C8.R, which has never driven on the Circuit de la Sarthe.

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