The Rotek Racing British Touring Car Championship team have been forced to withdraw from this weekend’s season finale at Brands Hatch, after they were unable to repair their Audi S3 in time for the event.
Regular driver Robb Holland was involved in a crash with United Autosports’ James Cole at the start of the third race of the day at Silverstone two weeks ago, and despite making every effort to have the car repaired for the Brands meeting, found the damage too great to fix in time.
The outfit previously missed the Thruxton weekend having been similarly unable to repair their machine after a huge shunt at Donington Park – where Holland also collided with Cole – owing to a lack of spare parts.
Holland had announced prior to the Silverstone weekend that due to clashing commitments, Tony Gilham would replace him in the saloon, so the news comes as a blow to the 35-year-old – who gave Holland his break in the series – as he was set to make his first appearance in the championship in two years.
Having considered the team’s circumstances, TOCA officials agreed that they were sufficient to warrant a case force majeure, as it was decided that Rotek had made every attempt to fulfill their entry obligation under the TBL licence agreement.