NIKA Racing has confirmed it will again delay its return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship ahead of the season’s third round at the Hungaroring this weekend.
After contesting a part-season campaign last year and dropping out before the end-of-year flyaway races, the Swedish privateer outfit confirmed that it would return to the series in 2016, fielding a Honda Civic WTCC with John Bryant-Meisner behind the wheel.
That car was subsequently sold to rival privateers Zengõ Motorsport just days before the first round of the season at Paul Ricard – a car that the Hungarian outfit is itself yet to run while it awaits a correct-specification engine.
NIKA instead elected to purchase the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 car run at Campos Racing by Hugo Valente for the last two years.
The team had claimed that its short turnaround in readying the ex-Valente Chevrolet would mean it would miss the season-opener at Paul Ricard and that it would target a return at the season’s second round in Slovakia.
Apparent financial issues scuppered those plans, and the same reasoning has been used to explain its absence from the upcoming visit to the Hungaroring.
The team is now claiming it will be on the grid in another two weeks’ time for the fourth round of the season on the streets of Marrakech.
“The financial issues regarding John (Bryant-Meisner’s) leading partners are still a work in progress but could well be in place within a short period from now,” a statement from the team reads.
“Until then a new solution has been put together with a group of independent private investors who also will act as regular sponsors to John. They will guarantee that John and the team get a solid start of the season and give us the opportunity to develop the team again from a racing perspective rather than focusing on the financial matters only.”
Image via FIA WTCC Media
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