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Illness reduces Victory to one at Estoril
19 October 2007
Victory Engineering will run just one car in this weekend's World Series by Renault round at Estoril after regular pilot Charlie Kimball was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
The 22-year old American is also likely to miss the series finale in Barcelona, but Victory has not moved to replace him for the Portuguese round in the hope that he may be passed fit to return. As a result, Giedo van der Garde will campaign the team's lone entry this weekend, and boosted morale in the Victory camp by posting the second fastest time after four hours of official testing at Estoril on Thursday.
"Obviously, we are very concerned about Charlie's well-being," team boss Trevor Carlin commented, "His absence in Estoril is a blow to the team, but the most important
thing here is Charlie's health and his recuperation. The entire team wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him behind the wheel of a racing car again soon."
Kimball, who was coming to the end of his debut year in the World Series, admitted that he had been shattered by the revelation.
"After feeling unwell and visiting the doctor, I was diagnosed this week," he said, "Following the advice of specialists, I will not compete this weekend nor probably the final race of the season next week in Barcelona, [but] I am doing everything I can to get back to full health as soon as possible and return to the cockpit.
"There aren't words to express how disappointed I am not to be competing in these last two race weekends, for myself, as well as for everyone at Victory Engineering. They have done such a great job for me all year and I was really hoping to repay them with some good results."