General Motors’ sportscar manager Laura Wontrop Klauser told reporters that General Motors’ goal is ‘to have Corvettes racing all over the world’, in a media session at Le Mans.
After being unveiled at Daytona earlier this year, the Corvette Z06 GT3.R is due to debut next year, with cars racing in hands of customers in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship next year.
However, Corvette’s factory-run ‘Corvette Racing’ programme, which is run in partnership with Pratt & Miller, will not continue in its current form past this year, as reported by Sportscar365.
However, Wontrop Klauser, the Sports Car Racing Program Manager at GM, said the company has had a lot of interest in the car from customers.
‘Oh yes. We have a lot of interest, a ton of interest for the car. It’s been really exciting,” she said when asked if they’d had customers interested in running the car.
While that interest is mainly in the United States and Europe, where the Z06 GT3.R will race next year, Wontrop Klauser also implied we’ll see Corvettes racing in Asia in the future. “We’re going to keep our eyes out for Asia. But we don’t have a timeline for that yet. We’re trying to do this so that we can support these people properly. Step by step,” she said.
However, a car racing in the Spa 24 Hours next year looks unlikely. “Next year? Probably not, just based off of how we’re getting things set up. So we won’t be able to have a delivery in time for that,” said the American.
“But beyond that, I could see for sure that at some point, we’ll have a team that wants to be there racing. Our goal is to have Corvettes racing all over the world. So just we’ll get, there step by step,” she concluded.
Finally, when asked by MotorsportWeek.com about the possibility of having two Cadillac V-Series.R Hypercars in WEC next year, as has been reported recently, Wontrop Klauser was keeping her cards close to her chest.
“So I am 100% focused on this race right now. We’ll worry about next year after we get through this race, so no comment at the moment,” she said, with a smile on her face.