SMP Racing have announced that they will no longer compete in the World Endurance Championship.
The Russian team has fielded two BR-Engineering cars since 2015 and they stepped up to the LMP1 class for the 2018/2019 season, achieving a best result of third.
Its withdrawal from the series means that there are now only six cars from three teams running in the LMP1 category.
Boris Rotenberg, founder and leader of SMP Racing said: “For us it was a difficult season,”
“We were able to show and prove to everyone that the Russian team, Russian drivers and the Russian car are capable of achieving the highest results in the most difficult world championships and in such a prestigious race as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
“Our goal has always been only a victory, and we believe that we achieved this victory with the highest possible result in the given circumstances.”
“After the final race at Le Mans we decided that SMP Racing will leave the FIA WEC. Our team will not race in 2019-2020 season.”
Toyota has dominated the WEC championship in recent seasons and privateer teams such as SMP Racing have not been able to fight with the Japanese team for outright victories.
This meant the best that SMP could hope for was the last podium spot or that one of the Toyota’s retired.