IPB Spartak Racing withdraws LM24 entry, Barazi invited
One week after the Le Mans Series 1000KM of Spa and four weeks before the Le Mans 24 Hours IPB Spartak Racing has withdrawn its Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT from the entry list. As a result the Barazi-Epsilon Zytek 07S, the first reserve on the list, has been invited to the Circuit de la Sarthe.
After last weekend’s race at Spa-Francorchamps IPB Spartak Racing driver Peter Kox was already doubtful about his chances to take part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours with the Lamborghini. Today Reiter Engineering, the team running the Russian entry, confirmed its withdrawal for Le Mans.
With IPB Spartak Racing regular driver Roman Rusinov already being replaced by Erik Janis and Filip Salaquarda in Spa it remains to be seen what the team’s plans will be for the post-Le Mans races of the Le Mans Series.
The withdrawal of the IPB Spartak Racing Lamborghini means that the LMP2 class will grow. Team Barazi-Epsilon, which competed at Spa for the first time this year, was the first reserve on the list. The Danish team has now been invited to the practice session on June 10. A complete driver line-up for the Zytek 07S has not been revealed.
As a result of today’s changes four cars remain on the reserve list for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. No reserves will be called in to replace withdrawals after May 22nd.