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Grégoire Demoustier splits with DG Sport Compétition

Frenchman Grégoire Demoustier has decided to leave the TCR International Series after three races, forcing the Belgian team to look for a replacement driver for the final three rounds of the season.

Demoustier informed the team on Sunday of his plans to focus on his World Rallycross Championship programme, leaving the team effective immediately.

“I thought I would drive the last three races of the TCR international but I finally decided to focus on the World Rallycross Championship, of which the French round will take place at the same time as the TCR in Thailand,” said Demoustier.

“I would like to thank DG Sport Compétitionfor the good times I spent in the team and for the professionalism and extreme kindness they showed.”

Demoustier was on target for a points finish in his final race at Oschersleben, before he was hit a with drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits on too many occassions, before eventually retiring from the race.

Thea team are now on the hunt for a third driver for the second car, to partner Slovakian Mat’o Homola for the next rounds in Thailand, China and the UAE, after Demoustier replaced Pierre-Yves Corthals in Austria.

“The Opel Astra is more than ever competitive on all tracks, as proven by the pole position and the second position on the fast Salzburgring, and the silver medal won by Mat’o in Germany last weekend,” said team manager Chrstian Juspin. “We are looking for a fast driver –with an adapted budget – to end the 2017 season with good results and prepare (for) the 2018 season, which we will start with higher expectations.”