Welch Motorsport are evaluating their 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season after confirming the team will miss the next round at Rockingham this weekend.

Dan Welch broke the news concerning their absence on Twitter before revealing to theCheckeredFlag.co.uk damage bills and reliability issues were adding up.

And his father John said the decision was also due to the team’s split programme, confirming: “We will not be at Rockingham. Budget and running Supercopas at the Britcar 24hr is just a bit too much for us at present.”

The season has been tough for the family-run outfit, with reliability problems significantly halting their progress early on, but a breakthrough at Croft saw them enter the summer break with renewed optimism.

At Snetterton Welch qualified a best-ever sixth, then admitted although his season had almost ended prematurely, 2013 was looking good – a sentiment echoed by his father.

“Trying to [return for Silverstone],” Welch Snr. added, “but the damage bills this year have just added up and we need to keep it under control. Next year is looking quite hopeful.”