Matt Cotton has announced it is unlikely he will be able to continue his assault on the 2012 MSA British Rally Championship due to a lack of funds, despite the Cornishman picking up some encouraging results during the season so far.
Cotton, who has been co-driven by Glyn Thomas this season, has competed in the opening three rounds of the season in an AVS Motorsport-prepared Ford Fiesta ST. He's produced strong finishes so far this season, currently sitting third in the Fiesta Sporting Trophy and fourteenth in the overall BRC standings at the halfway stage of the season, however it appears he won't be able to continue his season from the upcoming Jim Clark International Rally onwards.
Cotton said: “We had anticipated further funding coming in at this stage of the season, but it just hasn’t materialised. We have been working hard to try and secure backing for over 12 months, but it seems the economy is taking its toll on many businesses and their advertising budgets.
“The results we have had make the decision so much harder and I am very encouraged with the increase of pace on each event. But the financial risks necessary to complete the series are too great and I really have no other option but to withdraw at this stage. I really hope we can return to the championship very soon.”
Matt and Glyn would like to thank Rally Collection UK, AVS Motorsport, Dogcam Sport, Firstclass Technologies and PIAA for their support, with the duo still planning to attend the remaining events of the season to continue fundraising for the Rallying4CancerResearch campaign.