Chris Stockton will not compete in Sunday’s British Touring Car Champion action at Croft after his BTC Racing Chevrolet suffered engine problems which could not be rectified in time.
The team’s Neil Brown Engineering power plant suffered issues on Saturday at Croft and, although a spare engine was said to be available, an inherent issue with the valve train could not be replaced in time for racing.
The BTC Racing team have been plagued by legacy issues that have disturbed their entire season with the new Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, initially having built the car with an RML engine. They have since Thruxton however been working on upgrading reliability and performance with Neil Brown Engineering.
A disappointed Stockton said: “We thought we were so prepared for the season, we purchased a top of the line engine package from one of motorsport’s most respected names but our experience has been nothing short of disappointing to say the least.”
He did however concede that missing Sunday’s races would offer a long-lasting advantage for the remainder of the team’s season, and such the risk was not worth taking.
“The silver lining is that we have found such strong partners in Neil Brown Engineering, they have worked tirelessly over the past six weeks and have made massive strides with the engine. Such is their professionalism that we could take a chance and run the engine this weekend, however the anticipated failure would destroy the engine and our season.
“The alternative is to save the engine, live to fight another day and mount a strong challenge for the rest of the season. I’d also like to make a special mention of our sponsors who have all stood by us through this adversity, finding a group of sponsors with such commitment and loyalty in motorsport is rare and everyday we are thankful for their overwhelming support and commitment to the team.”