CEFC TRSM Racing’s Ginetta G60-LT-P1 has withdrawn from next month’s 6 Hours of Fuji.
RACER understands that the team has been dropped from the entry list for commercial reasons. This adds to what has been a challenging season for the Chinese-flagged outfit, which has already sat out Spa and Silverstone, and has made its only racing appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
CEFC TRSM’s exit brings the total number of LMP1 cars on the grid down to eight, and the total number of entries down to 34.
Elsewhere on the updated entry list, multiple gaps have been filled in various teams’ driver line-ups.
In LMP1, Austrian team ByKolles has confirmed that Oliver Webb will be joined by Tom Dillmann (who returns after missing the round at Silverstone) and James Rossiter (driving with the team for the first time in 2018) in its ENSO CLM P1/01.
The other two new driver changes include the addition of Japanese drivers Keiko Ihara and Satoshi Hoshino, meaning that a total of six Japanese drivers will be on the grid for their home race.
Ihara takes the third seat in the Larbre Competition Ligier (filled by Yoshiharu Mori last time out) in her return to WEC competition for the first time since 2014, and Hoshino joins the No.88 Dempsey Proton Racing crew in GTE Am in the seat previously filled by Gianluca Roda.