Special Tuning Racing will not be taking part in the Austrian round of the WTCC this weekend at the Salzburgring. The team have taken the decision to return the car to the UK so that they can work to fully fix and test following the crash in Marrakech in April. The car was re-shelled after the accident back at the workshop in Forton, UK, but the engine was fitted at the Slovakiaring just prior to the races there. That weekend the new engine had issues that took the weekend to resolve. The car was still struggling for pace at the following round in Hungary. After much thought, it was deemed better to work to solve the issues in the workshop environment rather than on the race track.
John Boardman, Team Principal, commented “This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but after a couple of difficult and frustrating weekends trying to fix the car in racing conditions, I think the best course of action is to make sure the car is properly sorted and back to where we had it at the start of the season. We have the necessary tools to get the job done, and the best place to do this is back at base.”
The team will now concentrate on preparing the car for the Porto round of the WTCC before completing the series in the ‘”Fly-away” rounds.