Silverstone team out of Le Mans

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The Silverstone-based Millennium Racing team has pulled its entry from this weekend’s Le Mans 24-Hour Race.

The Delta-ADR run team called time on its hopes to field an ORECA-Nissan 03 in the LMP2 class of the world famous endurance race in France, after funding for the project from Millennium Development failed to arrive in time.

This season the team has already missed the opening rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps, but a late deal saw their withdrawn entry for Le Mans reinstated just two weeks ago. Skipping the pre-race test to finalise plans, the local squad were set for departure to France when news filtered through that they would have to turn their backs on the race for this year.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Simon Dowson said: “We waited as long as we possibly could. The truck was packed and all the team were ready to go, but finally we received confirmation that the funding would not arrive until mid next week. Sadly it was too late.”

Delta-ADR, won the LMP2 class in five of the eight races in last year’s WEC under the G Drive Racing banner, and this year made two entries for the 2014 series under the name of Millennium Racing. Despite the disappointment of missing Le Mans, the team still plan to be on-track this season and are now looking at the Austrian Spielberg round of the European Le Mans Series in July with at least one car.

“We will look at the ELMS race as we don’t want to turn up in the United States for our first event of the season. Our drivers will need track time before then,” Dowson added. Silverstone-based Australian, John Martin, British racer Oliver Turvey and Frenchman, Fabian Giroix, had been due to drive for the team at Le Mans.