Larbre Competition secured class honours for the third successive year at the Le Mans 24 Hours after a dramatic success in GTE-Am.
The team's #50 Corvette, in the hands of Julien Canal, Patrick Bornhauser and Pedro Lamy, was embroiled in a heated battle with the IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche throughout the French classic, with Lamy taking the lead from Anthony Pons in the Porsche in the final hour.
When Pons was forced to pit with a puncture, Larbre was able to call Lamy in on the final lap when it became apparent that team-mate Canal was just shy of the required track time, with the Corvette being brought home to the flag for victory.
“The engineers and I calculated the time each IMSA driver had spent in their car and worked out that Anthony Pons had to return to the cockpit to complete his minimum running,” team boss Jack Leconte said. “Nevertheless we asked Pedro to push during his final stint and he did a great job.
“When we had a safe margin of around six minutes I decided to replace Pedro with our local driver, Julien Canal, and let him take the chequered flag at his home race. He has done a great job with us for the past three years and it was a nice way to say thank you and congratulate him for his third consecutive Le Mans win with Larbre Competition.”