Labre Compeitition bags the LM GTE AM title!
After the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) roadshow was back last weekend on American turf for the penultimate event of the 2011 schedule: the Petit Le Mans famous endurance race (1000 miles), held at the Road Atlanta track since 1998.
With a marvellous field of no less than 58 cars including 25 competing for the ILMC (the rest being for the American Le Mans Series, ALMS), it was obvious that the performances would make it a superb 14th edition.
Even if the spotlights were turned on the truly enthraling LMP1 duel between the Peugeot 908s and the Audi R18s, the other categories also gave the public a good time.
In LM GTE Pro, there was a magnificent race-long battle once more for the final result only becoming clear on the last lap. The Ferrari pilotted by Fisichella-Bruni-Kaffer won the class by a marginal 6.6s.
In LM GTE Am, battling with the Krohn Racing Ferrari, Labre Competition Corvette C6.R supported techically by Motul finished second. After pulling off an almost perfect season, marked, it should be remembered, by a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team managed by Jack Leconte clinched the first and last LM GTE Am championship title. A first? No, it was the thirteenth in 10 years for the French team whose national and international record of achievements can make contending teams stand in awe! From a Porsche to a Dodge, without forgetting Ferraris, Aston Martins, Saleens and now a Corvette, the French team no longer needs to prove its know-how in the GT realm. Next year however, they are poised to take up a new challenge by entering two Corvette C6-Rs in the FIA World Endurance Championship.