French LMP2 team IDEC Sport has announced that it has withdrawn its reserve Ligier JS P217 for the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and will focus solely on its car which was originally granted an LMP2 class entry to the race earlier this month.
The team will be represented in the French endurance classic with its #28 Ligier, set to be driven by Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin and an unannounced third driver.
IDEC Sport’s statement about its withdrawal from the nine-car reserve list, of which its Ligier was seventh, reads:
“Following on from the 2018 Le Mans 24-Hour race press conference, which was held on 9th February at the Rétromobile Car Show in Paris, the IDEC Sport team has taken the decision to withdraw the Ligier JSP217 ranked as substitute for this 86th edition of the race. The team will be focusing on #28, which has been competing in the European Le Mans Series since last season, and which finished 10th in LMP2 in the 2017 Le Mans 24-Hour Race.
“By focusing its efforts and skills on a single car, the LMP2 #28, the IDEC Sport team are giving themselves the best chance of enhancing their performance and moving up to get a race result matching the team’s new ambitions.”