Pirtek Racing will be represented by just one car for this weekend’s seventh British Touring Car Championship round at Knockhill, as Jeff Smith has been forced out of the event.
Smith’s absence therefore leaves Andrew Jordan as the Eurotech team’s sole representative at the Fife venue this weekend, with the squad not opting to find a late replacement to drive the vacant second Honda Civic.
Smith – who will therefore miss the opportunity to try and match his podium finish of 2012 at Knockhill – will return to the series for the following round at Rockingham on September 14/15.
The Pirtek Racing man’s absence is one of many driver stories filling the build-up to the weekend’s action, Smith joining Jack Goff on the sidelines as the Team HARD man will miss the event due to budget reasons, Tony Gilham‘s team’s two Insignias driven this weekend by Scot Kieran Gallagher, and the returning Paul O’Neill who finished fourth on his last BTCC meeting at this circuit in 2012.
Andy Neate will hand driving duties of his Club 44 Chevrolet Cruze over to rookie Mike Bushell, while 16-year-old Aiden Moffat will become the youngest BTCC starter in Finesse Motorsport‘s S2000 Cruze.