Special Tune Racing has withdrawn from the upcoming WTCC rounds in Austria and Russia

The Special Tune Racing outfit will be missing in action for the next two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Austria and Russia.

The one-car SEAT squad has been plagued by mechanical issues since Tom Boardman’s huge accident at Marrakech two months’ ago, and have opted to return to their headquarters to iron out the issues once and for all.

The outfit has freighted its SEAT León WTCC back to its Forton base to undergo an extensive analysis after a troubled start to their 2013 season.

Boardman suffered a major brake failure during the race warm-up session in the season’s second round at Marrakech, slamming into the barriers at high speed and writing off the team’s 1.6-litre turbo engine in the process.

The team incredibly went through two more engines at the following round in the Slovakiaring, and then struggled for competitiveness next time out at the Hungaroring.

“[Withdrawing from the next two rounds] is not a decision we have taken lightly,” STR team principal John Boardman said in a team media release.

“After a couple of difficult and frustrating weekends trying to fix the car in racing conditions, I think the best course of action is to make sure the car is properly sorted and back to where we had it at the start of the season. We have the necessary tools to get the job done, and the best place to do this is back at base.”

The team will reappear on the grid for the final European round in Portugal at the end of June, ahead of the flyaway races in the Americas and the Far East.

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