Belfast Telegraph

Martin Donnelly targets British slot despite being left in limbo

Former Lotus grand prix driver Martin Donnelly is hoping to stay in the British Touring Car Championship despite Japanese manufacturer Infiniti withdrawing from the series.

The Norfolk-based Ulsterman, whose F1 career was ended by an horrific crash at Jerez in 1990, made his BTCC debut with the Support our Paras Racing Infiniti team at Thruxton last month.

But now Infiniti have withdrawn their backing, leaving Donnelly in limbo.

The team have confirmed Derek Palmer Jr is the only retained driver although they want to continue to run two cars and Donnelly is keen.

"I'm going to meet with (team principal) Derek Palmer Sr at Oulton Park to try and get things resolved. Hopefully it will be in everybody's interest to listen and try and continue with two."

Palmer Sr confirmed Donnelly was a contender for the second seat, but stressed he was "one of a number of drivers" he is in conversation with.

"While we are open to continuing our relationship, Martin is aware he - like any driver - will have to bring the necessary budget," said Palmer.

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