Myles Collins has had to pull out of the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship after running out the budget, the HHC Motorsport driver forced to miss the final rounds of the season at Silverstone.
Yorkshireman Collins has been competing in his maiden year in the Juniors, running with Westbourne Motorsport before moving to HHC Motorsport mid-season. Collins had taken ten top ten finishes during the first eighteen races and hoped to challenge for podiums at Silverstone, but was forced to leave the series after sponsors pulled out.
Collins explained: “I will not be attending Silverstone due to the fact a few sponsors have pulled out. Some pulled out mid-season and my dad has been giving it his all to try and make it to the end but times are difficult.
“It really is just a case of we have ran out of money trees in the back garden which is such a shame. It is too late to do anything now so we are concentrating on things to do next season but we are not sure what to do, budget wise.”
Being forced to pull out so late in the season is especially disappointing for Collins after he put in his best performance of the season last time out at Brands Hatch. After a strong run of form since joining HHC, Collins had his breakthrough moment at Brands, leading the final race for thirteen laps before a mistake saw him spin down the field. Collins had hoped to use that weekend as a foundation for an even more impressive showing at Silverstone.
Collins added: “I am really disappointed because I really wanted to prove to everyone I could win a race with the right car underneath me, which I had with HHC Motorsport. Last time out was promising with leading for most of the race, and I was hoping this time at Silverstone I could finish it off.
“The Ginetta Junior Championship has been a great experience that I will never forget and I wish Charlie Robertson from HHC Motorsport the best at Silverstone, hopefully confirm his second place in the championship.
“I would just like to say a massive thanks to my Dad, family and my girlfriend for all supporting me and having patience throughout the season! Another special thank you to my sponsors, without them I could not have started the season. I really can’t thank everyone enough for their support this season – without all of you it wouldn’t have been the same.”