Supply Issues Force Welch Motorsport out of Snetterton

Welch Motorsport will now be absent from the sixth Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting of the season this weekend at Snetterton.

The Hampshire-based squad were reduced to one driver after the recent departure of Andy Wilmot, but it has now been confirmed that an unavoidable overseas supply issue has left the team without vital engine-related parts for its two Proton Gen-2 machines in the run-up to Snetterton.

Dan Welch will therefore also be missing from this weekend’s visit to Norfolk, the team having only scored one point in a reliability-affected 2015 campaign so far thanks to Welch’s 15th place at Oulton Park.

Welch Motorsport Team Principal, John Welch, said: “Naturally we are extremely disappointed to be missing the event at Snetterton this weekend.

“Whilst it has been a challenging season thus far we have been making extremely good progress in recent weeks and months, which Daniel’s points finish at Oulton Park was a direct result of.

“In our attempts to continue to move forward we made a decision to update our engines with what we saw as vital reliability-related parts. Unfortunately we have been let down by an overseas supplier in this regard and will not be able to complete the engine build until these components arrive.

“This is obviously a frustrating situation for all concerned, but we must thank our partners and sponsors who have all been extremely supportive towards what we believe is a bright long-term future for Welch Motorsport.

“We have explained our position to TOCA and hope to have these parts in place in time for Knockhill later this month.”