Edwin Jowsey has become the first victim on the new World Series by Renault campaign, after Comtec Racing terminated its contract with the young Briton.
The surprise inclusion of the season, Jowsey has little conventional experience, although he has made a name for himself in historic single-seater racing, and trailed the field in practice and qualifying at the opening round of the season at Zolder late last month. Comtec, however, insists that its decision results from a failure to resolve budgetary issues rather than a lack of performance, and will be cheering its former charge on in Monaco when Jowsey contests this weekend's Historic Grand Prix - a week before the World Series contests its blue riband round in the Principality.
With lead driver Alx Danielsson running at the front of the field and scoring points in Belgium, Comtec has already opened negotiations with potential replacements for Jowsey, although it has not made any names public as yet.
Among those left on the sidelines at the start of the season, Carlos Iaconelli reverted to the FRenault Eurocup when replaced by Eric Salignon at Interwetten.com, as did Giedo van der Garde, despite impressing in WS testing. Juan Cruz Alvarez was left without a GP2 drive this season, while Luca Filippi recently parted company with the FMS International GP2 squad and could be on the look-out for alternative employment. Former Comtec FRenault pilot Westley Barber would no doubt jump at the chance to perform on a bigger stage, while Jaap van Lagen is currently loitering in the supporting Megane Cup despite being another to set quick times in WS testing, notably with Comtec.