On the heels of SRT Motorsports’ withdrawal from the 24 Hours of Le Mans comes confirmation of two cars that have pulled their reserve entries for the around-the-clock French endurance classic.
The ACO confirmed Wednesday that both the No. 40 Boutsen Ginon Racing Oreca 03 Nissan and No. 57 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia are no longer on the reserve list, leaving just four LMP2s and two GTE cars on standby to compete in the race.
While having initially received an automatic invite via IMSA, the Houston-based Ferrari squad was demoted to the fifth and final reserve entry in GTE due to a change of registered chassis, which has belonged to Tracy Krohn. The Risi/Krohn effort elected to forgo the Le Mans program shortly after the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Boutsen Ginon, meanwhile, was listed as the fourth LMP reserve, although the Belgian squad, which had also lodged a full-season ELMS entry, will also not take part in the season-opener at Silverstone next month.
While both the JMW Motorsport and Team Taisan Ferraris have now gained confirmed places on the grid due to SRT’s withdrawal, it’s understood the Asian Le Mans Series GTE championship-winning squad has yet to finalize its budget for the race.
Should the Taisan Ferrari pull out, it would give the No. 76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche a confirmed entry.
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