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Knockhill: Jeff Smith to miss out

Pirtek Racing down to a single car at Knockhill as Jeff Smith sidelined
Pirtek Racing will be down to a single car for this weekend's seventh round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after Jeff Smith confirmed he would miss the trip to Scotland.

Smith sits ninth in the championship standings but has been forced to stand down from the Knockhill weekend due to business commitments that have arisen at the last minute.

The Eurotech-run team will therefore be down to a single car for the latest rounds of the year, with Andrew Jordan left to fly the flag alone for the Honda squad.

Jordan, who sits second in the championship and leads the Independents' title race, will face an extra challenge through the weekend thanks a six-place grid penalty imposed after he picked up his third 'strike' of the year at Snetterton for an incident with Gordon Shedden on track.

“We need to qualify as high as possible as I really want to start in the top ten for the first race,” he said. “However, the weight will hurt us in qualifying. We clearly need to make progress from where we start, given the grid penalty.

“The racing at Knockhill is always close and if we could get three top six finishes, that would be a great result. I need to get some good points, but stay out of trouble as well. Plus, the weather is often another factor at Knockhill.”



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