IRC: Franz Wittmann to suspend 2011 season

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Franz Wittmann has to put his plans for next year's IRC season on hold for now

The former main sponsor Interwetten sets different priorities in marketing

Thus the former Interwetten driver also has to cancel the planned start in Monte Carlo

Up to the last moment, Franz Wittmann had been hoping for a Christmas miracle regarding a further IRC season. But yesterday it became bitter truth: the first run in Monte Carlo will take place without the Austrian's participation.

"We had a meeting with the responsible persons at Interwetten to sort things out. Thereby I was unfortunately told that they plan to set different marketing activities next year for business policy reasons. This cancellation creates a budget hole that proves too large to be filled without a main sponsor. I am nevertheless extremely grateful to Interwetten, and especially Wolfgang Fabian, for these two years. This cooperation enabled me to perform rally sports on the highest level and thereby to introduce myself internationally", explains the youngster.

What the future holds for Franz Wittmann remains to be seen. It is obvious that one will have to withdraw the entry for the season's premiere in Monte Carlo for the above mentioned reasons.

"From this moment on I will naturally try to find partners who could help me to successfully continue my rally career in some form", says Wittmann.

-source: franz wittmann

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