Jason Hughes will be forced to miss the second round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.
The KWR Sport driver underwent surgery back in February and was forced to miss the opening rounds of the campaign at Brands Hatch, with his focus on making it out on track for the Hampshire weekend.
However, with a meeting due to take place with his specialist next week, Hughes has yet to be cleared to return to action and will therefore be watching from the sidelines for the second meeting in a row.
“I competed in only three events in 2005 but that was through choice,” he said. “Missing these events is not through choice, but doctor's orders. I'd be a fool to ruin the progress that my knee has made by racing now, but believe me, it has crossed my mind!”
Despite being forced to miss a second weekend, there was some good news for the team however with work set to begin on rebuilding the team's second car to join the grid later in the year.
“We received a phone call asking if we could get another car prepared, for the later part of the season, so we jumped at the chance,” Hughes added. “Our intention through the winter was always to run a two-car operation in 2009, and it looks like we'll get that chance after the summer break.”