British driver Harry Vaulkhard has today announced he is set to miss the remainder of his maiden campaign in the World Touring Car Championship. The Bamboo Engineering driver is being forced to watch the remaining eight races from the sidelines after the withdrawal of a personal sponsor.
The Chevrolet Lacetti driver has performed well so far this year after making the step up from the British Touring Car Championship, securing three independent podiums, including one win, as well as an outright fastest lap. Despite this though, the downturn in the economy has seen a sponsor backing out, but the 24-year old is adamant he will be back soon.
Vaulkhard said: “What can I say, I'm gutted. Things are just starting to come right for me, I've got a great car, in a great team with great guys and support around me and this happens. It's just one of those things, my sponsors have all been really great to me over the past seasons and without their backing I wouldn't have had the fantastic opportunities I've had. So if they are unable to carry on then so be it.”
When asked if he would return this season, Harry added: “Well I'd love to say yes, obviously. But I've been working really hard to secure additional funding all season and it's just not happened for me for the remainder of 2010 although I'm confident I'll be back here in 2011. My goal is to be back in WTCC for 2011 but I'm working on other things for the remainder of the 2010 season.”
The team will continue to run Vaulkhard's team mate Darryl O'Young for the remainder of the campaign, with the Chinese driver currently lying 4th in the independents points, within touching distance of the top of the standings.
Commenting on the announcement, Bamboo Team principle Richard Coleman said: “Harry has showed some tremendous pace and raced well this season, it's a real shame to lose him at a point where he is really coming on strong and in with a genuine shot at finishing in the top three independents at the end of the season.”