FX Motor Sport pair David Higgins and Hugh Evans have admitted that they are contemplating other alternatives for the 2009 season as the saga surrounding the 2008 Rally Yorkshire continues to drag on.
A court hearing which was due to finally confirm the results of last seasons British Rally Championship was postponed last week, which means the current championship standings remain provisional.
Guy Wilks had taken victory on the Trackrod only to be stripped of his victory for a technical infringement on his Mitsubishi Evo 9, only to then be reinstated following an appeal. However, further appeals from Wilks' rivals mean he has yet to be confirmed as the champion.
The ongoing situation has already played a part in FX losing the backing of TQ.com for the season ahead and team boss Evans admitted it was difficult to try and put together a sponsorship deal for 2009 when the team is unable to tell potential backers where it finished in 2008.
“I do not see how we can continue with the BRC when issues like this are allowed to persist for so long,” he said. “It gives potential sponsors a bad image of our sport and makes a mockery of all the money we have invested in the team over the last year. We are extremely disappointed that the hearing was postponed.
“David led the championship for most of the season, and we did well in the teams' championship too, but we cannot tell anyone where we definitely finished in either championship. Even if the results are declared final now, it's too late for us or any other driver or team to use where we finished as a tool to raise sponsorship - it's just too late."
Higgins himself said the team now needs to decide what is the 'best way forward' going into 2009, even if that means looking elsewhere.
"The longer this goes on for the more we are inclined to look at different options for this year and leave the BRC behind,” said Higgins. “We feel extremely let down by everything that has happened, and feel the 2008 championship has become a farce with everything that has gone on. I have already looked into options for contesting the British historic championship in one of Mark Soloway's Escorts. Hugh and I must think seriously about the best way forward for FX Motor Sports this year.”
With the 2008 championship still provisional, the new season is set to get underway in little more than a month with the Bulldog Rally in North Wales.