A Corvette C6.R, which won Le Mans twice, for sale


Today we are talking about a C6.R ZR1, chassis #C6GT-003. This superb example is the third of 6 C6.R ZR1s ever built. Leaving the factory in 2011, the C6GT-003 benefited from all the improvements made by Pratt & Miller (pallet transmission and an improved aerodynamic package).

The C6GT-003 made its ALMS test debut at Sebring on February 10, 2001, with Oliver Beretta and Antonio Garcia. For the 59th edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring, on March 19, 2011, Beretta and Garcia are accompanied by the American driver, Tommy Milner. They finished in 3rd place in GT, 13th overall.

After passing through Long Beach (5th in GT), it was time for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 12, 2011. With the Sebring drivers (Beretta/Garcia/Milner), our Corvette wears #73 and is entered in the GTE-class. Pro by Corvette Racing. The trio qualified in 6th position, one tenth behind the sister C6.R. At 7 hours from the finish, the #51 AF Corse Ferrari is in the lead, more than a lap ahead of the #73. But when the track got wet towards the end of the race, the Corvette saw the gap close by more than 2 seconds per lap on the Ferrari. The Corvette drivers managed to do three stints, while those of the AF Corse Ferrari only did two. This, combined with better pace, the Corvette takes the lead. Antonio Garcia is in charge of the last stint and crosses the finish line by signing the victory in GTE-Pro. With Larbre Competition winning GTE-Am with the C6.RGT-001 chassis, Corvette dominates the GT classes at Le Mans, marking its 100th anniversary in style, with the CEO of GM North America in attendance.

LM 2011

LM 2011

After Le Mans, it’s back to the other side of the Atlantic for the various ALMS rounds, including Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 1 for the championship final. For this race, Beretta and Milner are joined by Antonio Garcia. Qualified in 9th position in GT, the 003 had to retire in the race. The combined efforts of the #003 and sister C6.R earn Corvette Racing 2nd place in the ALMS GT Equipe Championship, the team’s best result since moving to the GT class in 2009.

In 2012, the #003 was sold to the French team Larbre Competition. It was entered by the team in the FIA ​​WEC in GTE-Am with the support of GM and Corvette Racing. The first outing is the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 17. Engaged in GTE-Am with the number 50, it is driven by Patrick Bornhauser, Julien Canal and Pedro Lamy. 15 minutes from the finish, the gearbox broke and the #003 did not cross the finish line but was ranked 3rd in GTE-Am.

After Florida, the team returns to Europe for the 6 Hours of Spa on May 5 (4th). At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it is in the hands of Patrick Bornhauser, Julien Canal and Pedro Lamy. They qualified in 6th position and the three men won in GTE Am. Victory in the 2012 edition enabled this chassis to take its second consecutive class victory at Le Mans and Larbre Compétition to take its third consecutive success at Le Mans. Mans.

LM 2012

LM 2012

The thread of the WEC championship then resumed with the 6 Hours of Silverstone then it was Sao Paulo where the Corvette scored another victory in GTE-Am. However, the 003 is below the minimum ride height due to damage and is disqualified.

The team then competed in the 6 Hours of Bahrain with a 4th place in GTE Am. The last two rounds took place in Asia and it was the climax with a victory each time at the 6 Hours of Fuji then 6 Hours of Shanghai. This victory was important and allowed 003 to win the 2012 FIA WEC GTE-Am world championship for Larbre.

Shanghai 2012

In 2013, the #003 was again entered by Larbre Compétition. She is again entrusted to Patrick Bornhauser, Julien Canal and Fernando Rees. The WEC season begins with a 2nd and 3rd place finish in the first two rounds. In June, the team is back at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Qualified 12th in GTE-Am in changing conditions, the car finished the 24 Hours for the 3rd time and came 5th in its GTE Am category.

LM 2013

The 2013 season of #003 Larbre Compétition ends with a 5th place in the FIA ​​WEC championship in GTE-Am. Thereafter, the car remained the property of Larbre Compétition until 2014, when it passed to its first and only private ownership. Now offered for sale for the first time by William I’Anson Ltdthis is a very rare opportunity to acquire a two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winning car

It is eligible for Peter Auto Endurance Racing Legends, Masters Endurance Legends in Europe and the USA, including events such as the HSR Classic Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours.

From the text of William l’Anson Ltd.

Photos: William l’Anson Ltd, MPS Agency, Julie Sueur

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