After a clean start to the race Larbre Comptition's lead Chevrolet Corvette runs third in the LMGTE Am class after four hours.
Former Peugeot driver Pedro Lamy started the #50 car for the Val de Vienne based team before Patrick Bornhauser took control of the car after the first two hours.
“I was behind the wheel for about two hours and the car is going very well,” said Bornhauser, “especially the tyres which improved lap after lap. We're progressing but it's still early in the race so we need to remain focussed and stick to our own programme, not worry about what those around us are doing.”
Julien Canal is the third member of the team that trailed two Porsche teams in the class standings after four hours of racing. Larbre's second Corvette ended the fourth hour tenth place in class, two laps off the pace of the lead Porsches and their teammate.
“The car is going well and definitely feels better than in practice,” said Jean-Philippe Belloc, one of the three drivers of the #70, “especially regarding our worries over the tyres. In trying to fix this problem we changed the set-up and the car is definitely more stable. I'm happy with how the race has gone thus far.”
Following class wins in 2010 and 2011 – winning GTE Am last year Larbre Competition are aiming to complete a fine hatrick of class victories at the Circuit de la Sarthe.