The in-out-in relationship between Millennium Racing and the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours has taken another twist, leaving the team 'out' of the event less than a week before the green light was due to be given at La Sarthe.

With the British-based squad still waiting for the sponsorship funds that forced it to miss two rounds of the World Endurance Championship and last weekend's Le Mans test day, it was left with no option to withdraw for a second time, removing the #22 ORECA-Nissan 03R due to have been driven by Fabien Giroix, John Martin and Oliver Turvey from the entry.

As a result, the field drops to 55 cars for the second time in as many years, made up of nine LMP1s, 17 LMP2s, nine LM GTE Pros and 19 LM GTE Ams, plus the experimental Nissan ZEOD that fills the 'Garage 56' entry.

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Scrutineering is due to take place over Sunday and Monday, with track action getting underway with free practice on Wednesday.