Racing Team Nederland withdraws from Petit Le Mans
It comes amid team owner/driver Frits van Eerd’s involvement in a money laundering case in the Netherlands which came to light earlier this month.
Van Eerd was reportedly arrested in connection with the case, only to be released days later, but he remains a suspect and has resigned as CEO of supermarket chain Jumbo, which sponsors RTN.
The Dutch team was due to race at Road Atlanta this weekend as part of its attack on the IMSA’s Michelin Endurance Cup, which also includes the Rolex 24s at Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Van Eerd was due to share the RTN Oreca 07-Gibson again with former Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde and Dylan Murry.
RTN confirmed his withdrawal in a short statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
It read: “Following Frits van Eerd’s decision to focus on his personal situation in the coming period, Racing Team Nederland will not participate in the IMSA race this weekend in Atlanta.
“We understand and respect his decision and guarantee him our support.”
Van Eerd, van der Garde and Murry finished second in the Michelin Endurance Cup points standings in the LMP2 class, behind PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports trio Ben Keating, Mikkel Jensen and Scott Huffaker, after finishing second at Daytona and Sebring, then third at Watkins Glen.
Tower Motorsport’s John Farano leads the overall LMP2 standings 23 points ahead of Era Motorsport duo Ryan Dalziel and Dwight Merriman.