Another one bites the dust. Today was the deadline for manufacturers to announce their intentions to race in the
World Rally Championship for 2009, and
saw fit to let
expire after just a single year of competition. The Japanese automaker calls the move a countermeasure to "the contraction of the automotive sales caused by recent global economic turmoil." In other words, fewer car sales mean less excess money for racing. Worse, Suzuki says it expects things to stay bad for the foreseeable future, so riding out the storm wasn't a possibility.
Suzuki was just beginning to see some success in WRC, finishing in the top five for the last two races of the season with its
WRC racer. The manufacturer's
Cup will remain active in 2009. This move follows rival automaker
announcement that it would be suspending
competition, also a result of the global economic downturn.
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