The #70 MR Racing team has withdrawn from the FIA World Endurance Championship’s return to racing at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.
The Japanese team are no longer on the entry list for Round 6 of the FIA WEC and their withdrawal reduces the overall grid to 30 competitors, whilst the GTE-Am category itself is down to 10 cars.
The #70 was piloted by the crew of Kei Cozzolino, Come Ledger and Motoaki Ishikawa.
Their decision was down to Ishikawa being unable to travel to Belgium due to his external business interests, according to Sportscar365.
The WEC team sit seventh in the GTE-Am Team’s Standings, one point behind the #56 Team-Project 1 and half-a-point ahead of the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing team.
It will be likely that they will lose this position in the standings after Spa, given how close their opponents are on points.
The team will be taken over by Car Guy Racing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month, who will run the MR Racing name on a #70 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo in collaboration with AF Corse.
Cozzolino and Ledger will take part with the team, as they did last year finishing fifth at the team’s Le Mans debut along with team owner Takeshi Kimura.
A driver of a Japanese nationality is expected to join the duo for Le Mans.