Brazilian driver Fernando Rees has announced that he will not be competing in the 2018/19 FIA WEC ‘Super Season’ with Larbre Competition, after the storied French outfit lost a key sponsor.
Rees was set to drive with Larbre for its debut WEC LMP2 programme, with a Michelin-shod Ligier JS P217 alongside Erwin Creed and Romano Ricci, but instead, he and the team have parted ways after he tested with the outfit at the Prologue.
The announcement was made by Rees on Instagram, and read:
“The plans have changed, and I will not be racing in WEC and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Larbre Competition.
“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.
“But with 25 years of experience in this world of motorsports, I know that shit like this happens, and I’m so grateful for having the Lamborghini programme 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 at the season opener at Spa next month, though Larbre did test with Romain Brandela and Thomas Dagoneau at Paul Ricard in addition to Rees, Creed and Ricci.