The new Ram Racing team has elected to withdraw its entry for the 2013 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The British team, which will compete in the European Le Mans Series this season, had secured a place on the reserve list for the French classic and was sitting second on the GTE list after Aston Martin Racing's fifth car was promoted into the race.
Ram has now elected to pull its car from the list however, which leaves the Prospeed Competition and TRG-AMR North America cars as the only GTE machines now left as reserves.
“When we set up the team it was with a philosophy of 'if you're going to do it, do it well' and so far we've managed to achieve that in every area,” team principal Dan Shufflebottom said. "Of course the proof will be in competition, from next week onwards, but we're confident we've properly prepared technically, have the right drivers and personnel to succeed, and put in place all that's necessary to fulfil our objectives.
“Even if we are relatively close to getting a firm entry for this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans by being near the top of the reserve list, there's only ten weeks to go until the official test day and – in our opinion – that doesn't give us enough time to properly prepare for our first 24 Hours of Le Mans.
"When the time comes we'll put in an entry for 2014 and hope that our results this year will mean the ACO will look on it favourably. We certainly haven't given up on our Le Mans ambitions, we've merely postponed them.”
News or Ram dropping off the reserve list comes after the Sebastien Loeb Racing team pulled its planned LMP2 entry last month – moving the Race Performance outfit into the field from the LMP reserve list.