ELMS champions Ram Racing have been forced to withdraw from the second round of the World Endurance Championship. Team boss Dan Shufflebottom cited an unexpected budget shortfall after announcing the squad, which ran a Ferrari 458 in GTE Pro and Am at Silverstone would not be racing at Spa. Ram had a weekend of mixed fortunes in Britain, with the Pro car coming home sixth and the Am car briefly leading the class before settling for a fifth place in class. Shufflebottom said:
This decision has been taken after much soul-searching and a massive amount of number-crunching, and has come as a bit of a body blow to us at Ram Racing. We knew when we stepped up to the FIA WEC from the European Le Mans Series that the budgets required would be greatly increased, and we were fully confident that we’d meet our financial targets. However, we’re suffering an embarrassing, temporary shortfall and, in order to protect our participation at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and onwards in the FIA WEC, we have taken the difficult decision to not participate at Spa. I would like to apologise to our drivers, our suppliers, fans and to the FIA WEC organisers for placing them all in this unenviable position, but sometimes hard decisions have to be made in order to move things forward in a positive way.