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Super GT star Sekiguchi drops out of Le Mans drive

Sekiguchi had been set for his first outing at La Sarthe when he was confirmed as CarGuy’s third driver alongside Kei Cozzolino and Takeshi Kimura for the FIA World Endurance Championship showpiece occasion final month.

However, the staff introduced on Tuesday that Sekiguchi – who races in Super Formula in Japan in addition to in SUPER GT – will not be capable to take part owing to journey restrictions.

The staff had been hoping to run an all-Japanese line-up, however as a substitute has recruited Frenchman Vincent Abril to finish its roster of drivers for its Ferrari 488 GTE.

Abril made his Le Mans debut final 12 months driving alongside Louis and Phillipe Prette in a Proton Competition-run Porsche 911 RSR, the trio ending sixteenth at school.

Asian Le Mans Series common CarGuy Racing was a late addition to the Le Mans entry listing after taking up the entry of fellow GTE Am Ferrari squad MR Racing.

#57 CarGuy Racing, Ferrari 488 GTE: Takeshi Kimura, Kei Cozzolino, Come Ledogar

Photo by: Joe Portlock / Motorsport Images

It’s understood that MR staff proprietor and gentleman racer Motoaki Ishikawa, who’s concerned within the well being business in Japan, withdrew his staff from the Spa WEC spherical as a result of he felt it could be irresponsible to journey to Europe as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic took maintain.

Sekiguchi in the meantime would have confronted a logistical problem to race at Le Mans because the Okayama spherical of the Super Formula collection takes place the next weekend.

Several different Super Formula drivers – Toyota LMP1 pair Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima, High Class Racing’s Kenta Yamashita and Richard Mille Racing’s Tatiana Calderon – are additionally scheduled to participate within the French endurance basic on September 19-20.

Kobayashi, Nakajima and Yamashita have been all granted particular dispensation to race within the Motegi Super Formula opener regardless of not finishing 14 days in quarantine after the Spa WEC race.

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