Corvette Racing has become the latest high-profile GTE-Pro team to pull the plug on Le Mans this year, confirming today that they withdrawn from the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans due to uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pratt & Miller run factory squad is said to have informed the ACO over the weekend of its decision not to field its 2-car entry of C8.Rs, in what, assuming the 2020 event goes ahead, will break the manufacturer’s 20-year run of consecutive participation.
The race, which is usually held annually in June, has been rescheduled to Sept. 19-20 (with a fallback date of November already proposed). Due to changes to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar and expected increased border scrutiny the revised provisional date has proved to be challenging from a logistical standpoint for U.S.-based teams.
Jim Campbell, vice-president of motorsports and performance, said that “several factors played into our decision, including current conditions and the rescheduled timing” adding “Corvette Racing has a long history of competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so our decision to not participate in this historic race this year was not an easy one,”
“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.”
Corvette’s withdrawal follows that of the pair of factory Porsche 911 RSRs to be run by the IMSA CORE Autosport squad.
The withdrawals have promoted the #20 High Class Racing Oreca 07 Gibson and #78 Proton Competition Porsche into the race, which were both on the reserve list.