Jetalliance pull out of FIA GT
|By Matt Beer
||Monday, January 5th 2009, 12:21 GMT
FIA GT race-winners Jetalliance Racing have pulled out of the 2009 championship.
The Aston Martin team had previously skipped last year's season finale in Argentina for financial reasons, and have now announced that they are withdrawing from the series completely.
"2009 will be a transition year for us," said owner/driver Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer. "The FIA GT Championship - which will have new regulations starting in 2010 - is hence of no interest to us this year, since it is also too expensive.
"It just does not make any sense to make such a huge investment once more in a period of global recession."
Jetalliance's lead drivers Karl Wendlinger and Ryan Sharp took more victories than any other squad in last year's FIA GT series, but also suffered various misfortunes and only finished sixth in the championship.
The team could still contest the Spa 24 Hours as part of a programme of one-off endurance events this year, and are also seeking a Le Mans 24 Hours entry.
Sharp will remain with Jetalliance and will race in this week's Dubai 24 Hours, while Wendlinger's contract has not been extended.