Wayne Taylor Racing drops 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours plan

Tudor United SportsCar Championship frontrunner Wayne Taylor Racing will not take up its guaranteed entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours in June

Wayne Taylor Racing drops 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours plan

WTR was awarded one of the discretionary entries allowed to the USC for Le Mans and had plans to race in the LMP2 division in a deal involving the French Larbre Competition squad.

Team boss Wayne Taylor, whose Dallara-equipped outfit finished third in last weekend's Daytona 24 Hours, explained that he had decided against pursuing his Le Mans plans.

"It was all too much to put together in a short time and I didn't really want to do it as WTR in co-operation with another team; if I go, I want to do it as WTR," he told AUTOSPORT.

Taylor said he still had ambitions to take his team to Le Mans, where he competed 13 times as a driver.

He explained that his focus was now on finding son Ricky Taylor, a factory Chevrolet driver in the USC, a seat for Le Mans.

The 25-year-old has driven for Larbre for the past two years, aboard a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE Am car in 2013 and a Morgan-Judd/BMW LMP2 last year.

CORSA FERRARI WILL MAKE TRIP

The Scuderia Corsa Ferrari team, which received the other USC guaranteed entry, has firmed up its plans to race at Le Mans in the GTE Am class.

Team owner Giacomo Mattioli said: "We are going and have paid [the entry fee] in full."

Mattioli explained that the Californian team would run a Ferrari 458 Italia itself rather than forging a partnership with another team.

Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler, who race for the team in the USC's GT Daytona class, have been confirmed as drivers.

Mattioli said that the team was aiming to have "an all-American line-up" and that it was seeking a silver-rated driver from the US.

Corsa is to send the Ferrari, which Sweedler and Bell raced in the 2013 American Le Mans Series with Alex Job Racing, to Italy to be updated and that its technical staff will attend the Silverstone WEC opener in April on a fact-finding mission.

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