Special Tuning Racing has announced that it will skip the next two rounds of the World Touring Car Championship season as it seeks resolve the issues that have held it back in recent events.
The British outfit has endured a trying season to date, with a heavy accident in the warm-up for the second race meeting of the season in Morocco forcing the team to reshell the SEAT Leon being raced by Tom Boardman prior to the following event in Slovakia.
Engine issues there were followed by a tough weekend in Hungary last time out, with the team now electing to sit out the events in Austria and Russia to try and get on top of its current issues.
The British squad will then return to the series for the final European event of the year in Portugal before the series heads for the races in the Americas and the Far East.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly,” team boss John Boardman said, “but after a couple of difficult and frustrating weekends trying to fix the car in racing conditions, I think the best course of action is to make sure the car is properly sorted and back to where we had it at the start of the season.
“We have the necessary tools to get the job done, and the best place to do this is back at base.”
Boardman has failed to score so far in 2013 as a result of his various issues.