The Special Tune Racing team cannot take a trick.
The British team will be missing from action at the next round of the World Touring Car Championship in August at Argentina after Tom Boardman’s recent rebuilt SEAT sustained heavy damage last weekend at Porto, after he and ROAL BMW driver Darryl O’Young came together on the opening race’s final lap.
The team’s debut season has been massively disrupted. Boardman sustained minor injuries with a major brake failure during Sunday warm-up at the second championship round at Marrakech in April.
While the car was rebuilt in time for the next rounds at the Slovakiaring and Hungaroring, the car hadn’t been fully cured, suffering a string of engine failures which prompted the team to skip the following rounds in Austria and Russia so it could completely rebuild and test the car in time for the final European round at Portugal, ahead of the flyaway races in the Americas and Far East Asia.
But the team now faces another hefty repair bill and rebuild after a bruising race at Porto, which means that it won’t return to the grid until September’s round at Sonoma Raceway.
“I was behind Tiago (Monteiro) and he was struggling a bit, and I thought I’m not going for a crazy last minute lunge and the next minute I’ve got Darryl who wasn’t even really close to me, just lunging up the inside of me and hit me and it’s just totalled the car,” Boardman said after the race.
“It’s damaged the damper, callipers, wheel, side, bumper, bonnet.”
Boardman’s car was sent into the Turn 10 barriers after his contact with O’Young, which resulted in further damage to the right-hand side of the car. The damage proved too great for the team to repair ahead of the second race, or in time to make the shipping freight to Argentina. Instead, the team will return once again to its UK headquarters before the repaired car is shipped to the United States.