Rickard Rydell will be absent from the World Touring Car Championship races at the Hungaroring this weekend as he is still suffering with thyroiditis.

Under the advice of doctors the Swedish driver says he is still too ill to think about competing in Budapest in his Nika International Honda Civic TC1 machine.

The 47-year-old also missed the WTCC race of Morocco earlier this month due to the same illness, but the thyroiditis had only been diagnosed in the past seven days.

"This is a difficult situation for all of us, and it's a real shame to miss out on so much valuable running in this opening part of the season," said Rydell. "We were already running behind in terms of testing and would have really needed these races, but all I can do is follow the doctors' advice and be patient. I'm making progress, but stepping into a racing car at this moment in time is just out of the question.

"It's one of the most frustrating things I've experienced, and I really hope to be back on form for the Nurburgring. I can't wait to get back in the car."

The Nika International squad has not opted to seek a replacement driver and hope Rydell returns to a full bill of health in time for the WTCC race at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in two weeks time.



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