Former Aston Martin Racing driver Fernando Rees will not take part in the upcoming 2018/19 FIA WEC ‘Super Season’, after parting ways with French outfit Larbre Competition ahead of the season opener at Spa on May 5.
The Brazilian’s departure, which he announced on Instagram, is due to the team losing a key sponsor. He will therefore not be embarking on his first LMP2 campaign in the WEC, or be making his fourth Le Mans start in June.
“The plans have changed, and I will not be racing in WEC and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Larbre Competition,” Rees wrote.
“Unfortunately, the team suffered the loss of an important sponsor, and the solution they found to fill this hole in their budget was to put a paying driver to replace me. I’ve become an expense, and they needed a new source of income. Simple as that.
“It’s not a good situation for any of the involved – we all just lose with this, no one leaves unharmed.
“I’m so grateful for having the Lamborghini program running parallel to that (in the International GT Open series). At this moment, my focus is entirely theirs. Let’s push!”
There’s no official word yet on who will race in Rees’ seat for the season opener at Spa next month. However, Romain Brandela and Thomas Dagoneau did turn laps in the team’s Michelin-shod Ligier JS P217 at the pre-season Prologue test, in addition to Rees and previously confirmed drivers Erwin Creed and Romano Ricci.