2004 British Rally champion David Higgins has said he will do everything he can to ensure his team continues to compete in the MSA British Rally Championship this season.
Higgins announced this week that he is in a race against time to put together the necessary finances to compete in '09 following the late withdrawal of his main backer, TQ.com.
Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio
, he added that while it was definitely a big, big blow, he has no intention of shutting up shop, especially after all the hard graft he put in twelve months ago to establish the FX Motor Sports squad.
"It is going to be mega difficult. But firstly I am just thankful for what we have had from TQ. They have backed me since the 2006 Rally GB, which is a long time for a sponsor," he explained. "Unfortunately we only found out in the middle of last week that it was no longer going to continue. That has left things very late in the day - not only trying to get backing for FX but also in terms of exploring other avenues for myself, whether or not I decided to drive elsewhere.
"It has all just been very late. Hugh [Evans], my team-mate, he is still keen and trying to do a few events and he has got some fantastic contacts in the business world. He is doing everything he can to scrap together some budget to get out there. The intention is for us to be there again. But it is not a great time to be knocking on people's doors and asking for money.
"We put together some plans last week though and put some things in place. I think just to get ourselves there and doing it, without the testing and all the luxuries, and cutting down on people and things, we are probably 70 per cent of the way to be able to be doing something. But it is just so difficult.
"I have put absolutely every ounce of my time into this - the running of the team and setting it all up last year. It would be criminal to let it all go to waste. However, at the same time you still need to earn a living. You need to put food on the table for the kids and the family.
"It is not an easy time at the moment. You sometimes feel if you put the same effort into a 'real job' we would all be millionaires now. But our passion is motorsport and rallying and that is the way we have gone. You have just got to keep your head down and keep on working hard."
Asked about 2008, Higgins added that while he enjoyed running his own team, all the politics that dogged the British championship last year did make it very difficult.