FIA WEC: Ram Racing withdraws from Spa

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The Ram Racing team (seen right, trailing one of the factory LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrids), which fields a two-car GTE class effort (one Pro, one Am) of Ferrari F458 Italias in the FIA World Endurance Championship, has made an unexpected withdrawal from the series’ next round in Spa on May 4.

“We’re sorry to tell you all that we have had to withdraw from the WEC 6 Hours of Spa. It’s a temporary glitch…stick with us because we’ll be back for Le Mans and onwards,” the team said via its Facebook page.

Added team principal Dan Shufflebottom, via Sportscar365.com, “This decision has been taken after much soul-searching and a massive amount of number-crunching, and has come as a bit of a body blow to us at Ram Racing.”

In brief, budgets are high and the privateers often tend to struggle initially to find the footing to make it into the new World Championship.

They’re not the first team to have had a financial-related withdrawal, as the Millennium Racing LMP2 team failed to make Silverstone due to delayed payments. Others – Lotus (LMP1) and Strakka Racing (LMP2) missed Silverstone due to new car delays.

Ram has enjoyed some success in the European Le Mans Series before stepping up into the WEC; here’s hoping they get whatever financial issues they have sorted and return in full force for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.