Campos Racing’s Dušan Borković will not race in the season finale of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in Macau as a result of a hand injury which he suffered in the Beijing race at the beginning of October.
Borković was involved in an accident with fellow independent Chevrolet racer René Münnich in the first of the two races held at Beijing’s Goldenport Park Circuit. Although the Serb was then able to compete in the races in Shanghai one week later and also at Suzuka in Japan, where he scored his first-ever podium last time out, he has now been ruled out of the season finale for medical reasons.
“Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to deal with my injury and it got worse in Japan,” said Borković. “My hand was hurting in Beijing and there was Shanghai the next weekend and Japan shortly after that and I didn’t have time to treat it medically the way I should have. It swelled up now and hurts a lot.
“There is no need to force and risk an even greater injury in Macau, and after consulting a doctor and my team I made a decision not to compete in this street race. It is a hard decision for me, but I know it’s for the best.”
Borković had previously injured the same hand when he was 9 and 13 years old, in which he almost lost his hand.
Despite making the tough decision so soon after his best result of the season, Borković says he is now working hard on his plans for 2015.
“I can’t wait to start preparing for the next season, especially because of the way the season turned out for me, [which] ended on a great note by reaching second place in Suzuka, my first WTCC podium,” added Borković. “I will work hard with my team to continue into next season with that spirit.”
Campos Racing have not confirmed whether anyone will replace the 30-year-old in the second of their TC1 Chevrolets in Macau.