Mercedes prepares to quit CLR project

Mercedes is expected to quit sportscar racing in the next couple of months.

Mercedes prepares to quit CLR project

The German manufacturer is expected axe its current programme, after a series of accidents involving its CLR GT racer forced its withdrawal from the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Mercedes sports boss Norbert Haug said the team's future in production-style racing probably lies in the Touring Car 2000 series, planned for Germany next year.

'We're looking at the new touring car series,' Haug said. 'It could turn out to be good, and what we do will depend on what happens.'

Although Haug denied Mercedes has made a decision about the future of its CLR project, it is doubtful the maque would run the two projects together.

If Mercedes committed to touring cars, Haug admitted it 'would not make sense to spend money on sportscars'.

Mercedes is continuing its investigation into the causes of the three accidents at Le Mans, when the cars became airborne.

Haug revealed that one chassis has been tested on an airfield to 'verify wind-tunnel data'.

However, he refused to comment further on the team's conclusions.

'We have some ideas about what caused the accident,' Haug said. 'But it would be premature to talk about this before investigations are complete.'

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