Comtoyou Racing has ended its partnership with Cupra ahead of its 2020 TCR campaigns.

The Belgian team ran two Cupra León TCR cars for Aurélien Panis and Tom Coronel as well as two Audi RS3 LMS TCR cars for Niels Langeveld and Frédéric Vervisch in last year’s FIA World Touring Car Cup.

The four-car operation enjoyed considerably more success with its Audi-branded campaign, with Vervisch claiming victory at the opening race at the Slovakiaring on top of four further podium finishes. Langeveld also claimed one podium finish.

By contrast, the Cupra campaign proved more challenging, with Panis achieving a single podium finish and Coronel cracking the top-six just once in a terrible campaign for the Dutch veteran.

“After a complete year of working together with Cupra, it is coming to an end. The Cupras are loaded in the trucks and ready to leave the workshop,” a statement from the team reads.

Comtoyou Racing is yet to announce its plans for the 2020 WTCR season, although it has previously declared its intention to field independently-run Audis across the categories in which it competes.

Comtoyou’s split with Cupra comes hot on the heels of VW Golf runner Sébastien Loeb Racing and Audi customer W Racing Team confirming they will not contest the World Touring Car Cup in 2020.

With the parent Volkswagen Group confirming the end of its support for all internal combustion engine motorsport, all TCR-spec Cupra (León), Audi (RS3 LMS) and VW (Golf GTI) cars competing worldwide will do so purely on a customer basis.

Image via FIA WTCR Media

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