For the second time in three appearances on the Guia street circuit, Fredy Barth will be missing in action for the World Touring Car Championship’s finale at Macau.
The Swiss driver had a massive accident during Thursday’s qualifying session, badly damaging the front end of his Weichers-Sport BMW 320TC.
Following an investigation of the battered car, the tiny privateer outfit has announced that Barth’s entry will be withdrawn for the weekend, with the damage simply proving too big a job to tackle.
Barth was also forced to withdraw from the Macau finale in 2011 when he had a heavy crash in qualifying.
Fellow privateer outfit Campos Racing also has a major repair bill on its hands for two of its three SEAT León WTCCs, following separate qualifying accidents for Michael Soong and Hugo Valente.
Soong caused moderate damage to the front left corner of his car after crashing out at Fisherman’s Bend, but Valente’s car suffered more major damage when he hit the wall at the Paiol corner head-on.
“It’s hard work and there is still a lot to be fixed, but we will manage to repair [both cars],” Campos Racing team manager Joan Orús said.