Dušan Borković has announced he will not take part in the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s two races on the streets of Marrakech this weekend.
The Proteam Racing driver qualified fourteenth-fastest in Saturday’s qualifying session in his Honda Civic WTCC, blaming the performance on technical issues with his team’s customer-supported car and a lack of concentration following the death of his father last week.
“I think that I’m not ‘present’ here,” a visibly distraught Borković told Eurosport just minutes after the end of qualifying.
“I’ve had a really tough last two weeks [and] I decided to drive on because of my Dad, but I think that I am not ready.
Borković has also struggled with ongoing technical issues since joining the team at the start of the season, with most connected to the 2.07-metre tall driver’s height – he has struggled to be comfortable in the car, while the team is also waiting on a raft of upgrades.
“On the other side, my car is not at the same level of the works cars, and we will have to speak [to Honda] about that. The dampers and a lot of things are not the same. Last year I was P4 [in qualifying] with the Chevrolet, and this year I’m ten places lower,” he continued.
“I don’t think I’ve forgotten how to drive. I don’t know what we are going to do – at least for this weekend’s races. By Hungary, my condition will be better, but for now I don’t feel really good.
Grid penalties for fellow drivers were set to have promoted him to a tenth-placed starting position for Sunday’s afternoon’s opening 14-lap race, but his absence now means a field of 17 cars will take to the grid.
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