BTC Racing has revealed that it will not take part in the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship after the sale of its SEAT Toledos to Liam McMillan's Maxtreme outfit.

The team had hoped to try and secure SEAT Leons for use this season, with driver Chris Stockton stating back in September that talks had taken place in Spain to discuss the possibility of securing cars for 2009.

However, such a move was dependent on money being found for the programme, and after sources in the paddock suggested to Crash.net that the team wouldn't be lining up on the grid, a statement has now confirmed that BTC won't be part of the field for the coming campaign.

"BTC Racing will not be running in the 2009 season," the statement read. "The cars have been sold to a new and up coming team and we wish them every success in their time in the BTCC.

"The team has no current plans at this time and will continue to review its options.

"We wish to thank everybody that has supported us and hope to see you all again soon."

The team started the 2008 campaign running its Lexus IS200 before switching to the ex-Motorbase SEATs at Donington Park.

Stockton, truck racing champion Stuart Oliver and Gareth Howell all took turns at the wheel over the course of the year.

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