Collard joins Corvette for enduros
|By Matt Beer||Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 16:40 GMT|
Former Porsche factory driver Emmanuel Collard will join Corvette's GT2 team for the Le Mans 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans this year.
The 38-year-old Frenchman replaces Audi-bound Marcel Fassler alongside Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta, who will contest the full American Le Mans Series in the car.
Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen will continue to share the other Corvette, with Antonio Garcia again joining them for endurance races.
Collard's Corvette move marks a return to the General Motors fold, as he drove for its Cadillac brand during its LMP stint in the early 2000s. He has most recently raced a Prospeed Porsche GT2 in the FIA GT Championship and for Pescarolo in the Le Mans Series, and also won LMP2 at Le Mans last year with Essex's Porsche.
"Corvette has been the most successful car make and team in GT racing for over ten years now, so I'm obviously thrilled to be a part of this team," Collard said.
"The Corvette C5-R and C6.R have been the absolute benchmarks in GT1 racing, and the new GT2 Corvette C6.R is already heading in that same successful direction. I hope my experience with GT2s from the past seasons can help Corvette secure class wins in the three endurance races."
Corvette's motorsport boss Doug Fehan added: "We are pleased to welcome Emmanuel back to the GM Racing family. He has proven his ability at all levels of racing, and he understands the demands and discipline of endurance racing. He will be a valuable addition to our international line-up of championship-winning drivers."