Fernando Monje will not take part in next weekend’s World Touring Car Championship finale at Macau.
The Spaniard has cited family reasons for his absence, which will leave the Campos Racing team reduced to a single SEAT León for Hugo Valente – down from a planned three-car assault – around the iconic Guia street circuit.
Monje has had a difficult baptism to the WTCC. The 2012 European Touring Car Cup S2000 champion has scored a single top-tier championship point at Suzuka in September, and currently lies eighth overall in the Yokohama Independent Trophy Championship standings.
“We have been able to carry out our plan, competing in 22 races…and learned a lot,” he said, confirming his absence from Macau.
“[Next year] will be the time to apply all these teachings and go all out for the independents’ classification.”
Campos Racing has not confirmed if it will seek to replace Monje ahead of the Macau event, but given the extremely limited timeframe to do, it looks highly unlikely.