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Embassy Racing closes its doors

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The current worldwide economic depression has had its first big effects on the Le Mans Series today. Despite having only finished their first season as a manufacturer two weeks ago at Silverstone, Embassy Racing announced that it has closed its doors.

In a statement by Embassy Racing it became clear that the parent company of Embassy Racing, EFS Group, has been hit by the global economic downturn and is no longer able to meet the financial commitments required to keep the motor racing team functioning at the highest level.

Withdrawing support from the racing division while the team is still solvent, Team Principal Jonathan France will maintain a skeleton staff to ensure sensible mothballing of the project and settle all outstanding administration and accounting matters.

Talking about the situation Jonathan said: “As soon as it became apparent to me that the financial situation was becoming difficult, I decided it would be best to put things on hold – settle everything up and concentrate on my core business.”

Embassy Racing was formed in 2003 by Jonathan France. In its first years the team competed in the British GT Championship, in cooperation with Xero Competition with a Corvette and from 2005 on their own with a Porsche 996 GT3 RSR. The team went on a sabbatical in 2006 and returned to action in 2007 when it graduated to the Le Mans Series. Initially it had planned to run a Pilbeam, but just before the season the team changed to a Radical SR9.

At the end of 2007 the team announced its plans for 2008. Embassy Racing moved to a larger facility to be able to become a race car constructor rather than just a race team. Two WF01′s were built and raced in 2008 and in the final races of the season the team was finally fighting for podium places. Unfortunately all the effort put in by the team members will not be awarded…

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  1. F……F…..
    What a shame of a nice team

    Posted by kingkai | September 27, 2008, 21:24
  2. such a pity, only at Silverstone were they talking about their plans for ’09.

    Posted by Rodger Davies | September 28, 2008, 1:18
  3. that is sad. did the EFS Group have a rough time with the steel market?

    Posted by Rick | September 28, 2008, 1:35
  4. What a pity! With all their efforts for 2008 (construction of own chassis, 2-car-team) I was sure their engagement in LMP2 would be long-term. Now the Essex-Porsche is gone, Lienhardt and They have retired and Embassy has shut down – I wonder hwat the LMP2 grid will look like next year…

    Posted by Werner | September 29, 2008, 12:12
  5. As 1 of the 3 people who completed the bodyfits for both embassy cars I was dissapointed to hear that they have closed the team, We spent lots of time and effort on these cars and its a shame that they have gone out after only 1 season.

    Posted by barry_burner | September 29, 2008, 17:48
  6. perhaps what the ACO want P2 to be, for privateers.

    Posted by rick | October 1, 2008, 3:01

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