The GTE-Am entered MR Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Evo has been withdrawn from this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship Total 6 Hours of Spa.
The car that was due to be driven by Kei Cozzolino, Come Ledogar and Motoaki Ishikawa is no longer on the entry list for the sixth round of the 2019-20 season.
Its omission brings the total number of entries down to 30, while a grid of 10 cars will now battle for GTE-Am class honors.
Sportscar365 understands that Ishikawa chose not to travel to Belgium because of his external business interests that cover residential care and nursing homes.
The Japanese driver shared the MR Racing Ferrari with Cozzolino and Olivier Beretta at the first five rounds, while Ledogar was due to replace Beretta at Spa.
MR Racing is currently seventh in the GTE-Am teams’ points, while the No. 70 Ferrari’s best result of the season so far was a third-place finish at the 4 Hours of Silverstone which marked MR’s first podium in the championship since joining in 2018.
Dempsey-Proton Makes Driver Change
Another change on the entry list is the addition of Gianluca Giraudi to the No. 88 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR as a late sub for Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak.
Thai racer Inthraphuvasak, who was set to make his WEC debut this weekend, was unable to make it to Spa because of travel complications.
His place in the No. 88 car alongside Ricardo Sanchez and Lucas Legeret will be taken up by Giraudi, who drove for Dempsey-Proton in the Silverstone opener last September.
It’s understood that Dempsey-Proton originally planned to have Khaled Al Qubaisi in for Inthraphuvasak, before the Emirati racer encountered travel issues of his own.
The German squad’s other car will be driven at Spa by Matt Campbell, Riccardo Pera and team boss Christian Ried.