Sutton and Skoda separate

Skoda Motorsport in the Czech Republic has terminated its contracts with British World Rally Championship team David Sutton Cars. Neither of the current drivers, Stig Blomqvist and Gabriel Pozzo, will compete in any further WRC events in Octavia cars this year

Sutton and Skoda separate

David Sutton said: "I was absolutely staggered when I received an email from Pavel Janeba, the Skoda Team boss, stating that he had no further interest in Gabriel Pozzo and would we return the rally car to Mlada Boleslav as quicky as possible. It did not give us the opportunity to continue to look for further funding so that Gabriel can drive a few other events during the second half of the championship.

"This was particularly ludicrous because Janeba issued an option document to us during the Argentina Rally for Pozzo's services in 2003. The people in Mlada Boleslav have never been easy to deal with, but their handling of this situation is quite beyond belief."

The 23-year-old Argentine is still under contract to DSC for another two years and Sutton will be talking to other team managers to try and find him a few drives on an ad hoc basis.

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