There were uncomfortable rumblings at the WEC Prologue, an emotional Benoit Morand at the team’s launch had clearly been through the mill, and revealed that he had sold a majority share in his team to Kairos Technologies.
Beyond that there were mutterings, as yet unconfirmed, of divisions within the SARD side of the effort.
A DSC source tells us that there are ongoing legal issues over the current ownership of the team, that they will not compete at Silverstone but that there are moves in place to bring the effort back to the track for Spa next month.
We’re aware too of a potential ‘Plan B’ surrounding the team but much will depend on the deal with Kairos Technologies being finalised.
We’ve had it confirmed today that the team’s trucks are not at Silverstone and are currently not expected.
That means we’ll see the LMP2 entry for Silverstone dip to 8 cars. No drive then this weekend for Christian Klien, Koki Saga, Zoel Amberg, Pierre Ragues, Oliver Webb or Tristan Vautier.
The team issued the following statement later on this evening:
We are sorry to announce that Team SARD MORAND has to withdraw its two Morgan Evo SARD from the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship held this weekend at Silverstone (Great Britain).
Due to administrative and legal reasons, Benoit Morand and his crew will miss the opening round of the championship.
From now on, everything is done to race in Belgium for the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship and for the remaining rounds of the season.
Benoit Morand Team Manager: « Announcing this withdrawal is very painful. The team and I are working hard to race in Belgium and for the following rounds. I am still optimistic and have to go ahead. »