Serbian driver Dušan Borković will not take part in the FIA World Touring Car Championship following an acrimonious split with the Proteam Racing squad in the wake of his withdrawal from last weekend’s round in Marrakech.
Borković has been in dispute with the Italian privateer outfit over modifications that had not been able to cater for the 30-year-old’s height, as well as further discord over the apparent inferior specification of the team’s Honda Civic WTCC.
After a successful debut season with fellow privateers Campos Racing, Borković moved to Proteam Racing in the off-season and in doing so switched from a modified Chevrolet RML Cruze to the smaller Honda Civic which was used by Mehdi Bennani last season.
Borković, who stands at 6’9″ (2.07 metres) tall, clearly struggled during the season-opening round in Argentina while modifications continued to be made to accommodate him in the Honda Civic. Complaining of ongoing numbness in his legs, he finished eleventh in the opening race and registered a DNF in Race 2.
The situation didn’t improve in Morocco, where he qualified fourteenth-fastest on the street circuit. Added to his dramas was the recent death of his father, and together he and his sponsors elected to withdraw in the hours leading up to Sunday’s two races before formally calling time on their season a few days later.
“I’ve learned a lot last year, improved and I showed it with a podium in Suzuka, Japan. My seating problem is still not solved and there were some issues with the car as well that didn’t seem they will improve for this year, at least not in time for my sponsors and fans to be satisfied with my season,” he said.
“I don’t think I am done with WTCC forever, just for now. I want to thank WTCC and my colleagues for all their support.”
After announcing his split with Proteam Racing, Borković confirmed that he would step back into the feeder FIA European Touring Car Cup for its season-opener at the Hungaroring.
Borković will compete in a SEAT León Cup Racer in the Single-Make Trophy Class.
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