Laser Tools Racing has announced that it is withdrawing from the TCR UK Series with immediate effect, citing a ‘loss of confidence’ due to ‘certain decisions and actions’.
The team have been running a pair of Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR cars for Aiden Moffat and Derek Palmer Jr in the first two events of 2018.
Moffat has shown strong pace in the new series, qualifying his car on the front row of the grid at Knockhill before technical issues blighted his race day.
However Team Principal Bob Moffat has now announced that the team will withdraw from the series, leaving Moffat to focus on his British Touring Car Championship campaign.
“Laser Tools Racing has regretfully announced that they are withdrawing from the TCR UK race series with immediate effect,” said a statement issued by the team.
Bob Moffat added: “We have decided to leave TCR UK as incidents at both last weekend’s Knockhill races plus the previous meet at Silverstone have left us both frustrated and perplexed.
“Certain decisions and actions have made us completely lose confidence in the series, and after a lot of thought and discussion we have decided to call it a day.
“However, we feel the format has a lot of potential and we offer our best wishes to the series and its competitors.
“We would also like thank Derek Palmer and Romeo Ferraris for giving us the opportunity.”
In response, TCR UK issued a statement in response to the announcement from Laser Tools Racing:
“Laser Tools Racing informed us on Monday that they intended to withdraw from TCR UK, but we sincerely hoped that the team would have a change of heart.
“We were, therefore, disappointed when we read their announcement today that confirmed their decision.
“We would like to thank the team for its participation in the series and wish Aiden every success in the future.”
TouringCars.Net understands that the Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR cars may still be on the grid for the next round at Brands Hatch, with Derek Palmer Jr continuing with the DPE Motorsport team and a new driver in re-liveried cars.