Both Viper GTS-Rs have been withdrawn from the 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The factory-backed SRT Motorsports Vipers will not be making the trip to La Sarthe this year.
“We regretfully and respectfully decline to participate in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Brand and Motorsports. “We are honored to once again be invited by the [race organizer, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest] to compete in this historic event, and they were the first to be informed of our decision. We will remain focused on our North American racing program in 2014.”
“We are sorry to learn that SRT Motorsports has withdrawn from the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Vincent Beaumesnil, the ACO’s sports director. “Viper had a lot of success in the GT class of our race back in the ’90s and their return last year was very promising. There’s no doubt that come 2015, SRT will certainly find [its way] once again [to] the Le Mans track and we will be happy to welcome back this highly valued competitor.”
Both the #91 and #93 GTS-Rs will continue to race the full Tudor United SportsCar Championship season.
Reasons for the sudden withdrawal are still unclear, but issues with budgeting the new merged Tudor United SportsCar Championship season is the leading rumoured cause.
An official announcement from the ACO is expected later this week, where the two reserve cars replacing the Vipers will also be revealed.