Carl Swift has announced that he has had to withdraw from this weekend’s race meeting at Knockhill after running out of time to upgrade his CUPRA TCR’s transmission from DSG to a sequential gearbox. This means that a total of eleven cars will now contest the two races on Sunday, using the circuit’s anticlockwise layout.
Swift’s decision to switch follows a similar decision by Stewart Lines, who had already revealed that he would miss the Knockhill event as he felt he didn’t have enough time to complete the work. Swift had announced on social media that he was anxiously awaiting the delivery of the new gearbox from CUPRA Racing in Barcelona and, although the gearbox arrived at the workshop earlier this week, the team was unable to get the work done in time to travel to Scotland ahead of Friday’s test sessions at the circuit.
Posting on social media, Swift said: “Despite best efforts and late nights, I have been unable to complete the sequential gearbox upgrade in time to get prepared for Knockhill. It just arrived too late to get it installed and checked in time for this weekend. I’ll have it finished next week and get testing ready for Brands Hatch.”
Stewart Lines added: “We will both be at Brands, working together as Maximum Motorsport. I think the upgrades will give us a chance to run with the front teams.”