World Touring Car Championship driver Harry Vaulkhard has been forced to withdraw from further involvement in the championship after the Bamboo Engineering driver’sHarry Vaulkhard has had to withdraw from WTCC competition funds ran out.

The 24-year-old British driver currently lies fifth in the Independent Trophy standings – achieving a win in the Trophy at Monza in addition to three other podiums – has suffered from the withdrawal of a personal sponsor that has effectively forced his hand to withdraw from the championship.

“I’m disappointed, of course,” the former British Touring Car Championship driver said. “But I’ve just run out of budget because one of my personal sponsors has had to pull out.

“I’d been on a race-by-race deal for the last few events, but there’s no more money so I’ve got to take a back seat.

“I can’t fault the team at all. They’ve been absolutely excellent and this year was … really working for me. It’s a shame.”

Vaulkhard will continue his presence in the WTCC paddock to support his team-mate Darryl O’Young, and hopes he can make a return at the final two rounds in Okayama and Macau if he can secure more funding.

“Interest is pretty good in the championship in Asia, so hopefully we can put something together,” he added. “The main aim is race for the team again in the WTCC in 2011.”

“Harry has showed some tremendous pace and raced well this season,” an understandably disappointed Bamboo Engineering team boss Richard Coleman said. “It’s a real shame to lose him at a point where he is really coming on strong and in with a genuine shot at finishing in the top three independents at the end of the season.”

The team has not announced any replacement for Vaulkhard at this weekend’s round at Oschersleben.

[Original image via the official FIA WTCC site]

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