Team AFM Racing has announced it will miss this weekend's HiQ MSA British Tourinbg Car Championship event at Oulton Park, and could also sit out the following event at Croft next month.
The team has taken the decision following damage sustained during the last round of the year at Donington Park which has hit plans to continue development of the BMW 120d – the only diesel-powered car in the field this season.
Due to the work needing to be carried out, AFM will miss this weekend's event in Cheshire for certain and could also sit out Croft in order to get the car repaired and go testing, before returning to action following the annual summer break.
“I hope people understand we are only a very small team with an extremely small budget so we are always working so hard in need of more funding to progress further,” driver Nick Leason said. “What happened to us at Donington has unfortunately now put us back a few weeks. We need to re-group and pick ourselves up, taking a step back to assess what else needs improving. We are being sensible, even though it has been a very hard decision to take.
“We hope to have the car sorted out by next week, and then do a test session to start honing car set-up. The right time is now to sort these issues out. With a bit of luck we can move forward showing further progress and start racing again. Missing maybe one, or even two races, if it requires, is not the end of the world when you look at the bigger picture.
“The whole team are looking to achieve competitive results with this car, working with limited resources.”