MR Racing has chosen to pull out of the remaining races of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 season.
The Japanese team with Motoaki Ishikawa, Olivier Beretta and Kei Cozzolino won’t be participating in the race this weekend at Spa Francorchamps, and not the 24 Hours of Le Mans, nor the season finale in Bahrain in November.
Team owner Ishikawa explains the decision, that he is not a professional racing driver, but only a gentleman racer, and that he is in contact with elderly people in his daily job, and he doesn’t want to bring any kind of disease to them.
But he will also miss the whole atmosphere at Le Mans, which will be without spectators in 2020.
In recent days it became clear that Red River Sport decided to pull out of the European Le Mans Series race at Spa Francorchamps, and also the FIA WEC race this week. That is due to the travel restrictions that Great Britain has introduced regarding people travelling to Belgium. That outfit is also based on gentlemen drivers in the GTE Am category. Their decision is just for Belgium at this current time.
The FIA WEC season will resume from Thursday this week, with the 6 hours race being run Saturday afternoon.