Gilham 'gutted' to lose Triple Eight drive
22 August 2011 – Tony Gilham will not be contesting the final twelve races of this year’s British Touring Car Championship. The Kent driver, who made his debut at the start of the season, is no longer able to provide the necessary funds.
“We had a big sponsor pull out at the start of the season and there have been a lot of broken promises,” explains the 32-year-old.
“We’ve made it this far by the skin of our teeth, making compromises by not going testing and by restricting the number of tyres we use over a race weekend – you can’t compete at this level by cutting corners like that.
“I’m absolutely gutted that I haven’t got the budget to carry on but I will be back in the BTCC, hopefully sooner rather than later; it’s where I want to be and I definitely haven’t given up. I will keep working to see what I can pull together and I’ll be back as soon as possible.”
“I’m sorry that the relationship with Tony hasn’t worked out as both parties had hoped,” adds Ian Harrison, Triple Eight Team Principal. “He has driven well in what was always going to be a difficult first season for him in the BTCC.
“On behalf of Triple Eight Racing I’d like to thank him for his contribution to the team and wish him well. Obviously we are now looking to fill the seat for the remainder of the season and will announce our plans in due course.”
The team’s leading driver, James Nash, is currently placed fifth in the standings and trails new championship leader Mat Jackson by 31 points.