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Subaru Withdraws Levorgs From Thruxton On Safety Grounds

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Team BMR will not particpate in the third Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting at Thruxton this afternoon after withdrawing on safety grounds.

The team’s four Silverline-backed Subaru Levorgs will not participate in the three outings at the Hampshire circuit as a result, after further issues were discovered with the component that had caused James Cole’s fiery departure from round four at Donington Park.

BMR will work on a solution to the problem before next month’s visit to Oulton Park, forced to withdraw from the Thruxton meeting as officials said a ‘risk to the drivers, other competitors and circuit officials is not acceptable’.

A team statement read: “It is with great disappointment that Silverline Subaru BMR Racing are withdrawing from rounds 7, 8 and 9 today at Thruxton on safety grounds.

“Following an incident with James Cole at Donington where there was a failure of the high pressure fuel rail there was a re-designed and re-manufactured component fitted to all cars for the Thruxton event. Following a review of the new design post qualifying, the new part has shown signs of fatigue that could lead to a similar failure.

“We have investigated all avenues available to us overnight and this morning, however the engineering team have taken the decision to withdraw the cars as none of the solutions available are able to be durability tested prior to competing on circuit.

“We are obviously disappointed with the outcome, however in this situation the risk to the drivers, other competitors and circuit officials is not acceptable, so the correct decision is to retire the cars for the remainder of the event.”

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