Triple Eight has confirmed that it has parted company with Tony Gilham with four rounds of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season still to run.

Gilham joined the team at the start of the season after moving up from the supporting Porsche Carrera Cup, but has struggled for sponsorship after losing a major backer on the eve of the campaign.

Despite that, Gilham has managed to get the funding in place to have contested the first six events of the year but has now been forced onto the sidelines, with Triple Eight seeking to find a replacement to compete alongside James Nash for the remainder of the year.

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Former race winner Luke Hines tested its Vectra recently and is likely to feature highly on the list of prospective drivers.

"I'm sorry that the relationship with Tony hasn't worked out as both parties had hoped," Triple Eight boss Ian Harrison said. "He has driven well in what was always going to be a difficult first season for him in the BTCC. On behalf of Triple Eight I'd like to thank him for his contribution to the team and wish him well.

"Obviously we are now looking to fill the seat for the remainder of the season and will announce our plans in due course."