Owing to their recent spell of bad luck, Team CAM Mitsubishi have today decided to withdraw from the remainder of this year's British Touring Car Championship.

The season started well, initially with the signing of reigning National Saloon Champion, Toni Ruokonen, the Finn scoring the team their first championship points in the opening round at Brands Hatch.

However, since these promising beginnings CAM (Cranfield Automotive Management) have experienced a series of technical problems with the equipment independently produced, which modifies the ultra-reliable standard engines and gearboxes in an attempt to withstand the rigours of competition.

Team Manager Trevor Levy gave the following reasons for the decision: "Despite the recent technical difficulties with the specialised competition components, the Carisma has shown excellent potential, it's excellent handling and driving characteristics have encouraged the team to use the rest of this year to develop our cars still further into Production Class winners."

"This respite will allow us the time we did not have at the start of the season and we can now fully realise the Carisma's qualities," Levy explained. "Naturally, we are all bitterly disappointed not to be able to complete our inaugural year in the BTCC, but we must now focus our attentions on 2002."


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