Rickard Rydell forced to sit out WTCC Race of Morocco

May 22, 2015

hrs_2014_20150212160839Rickard Rydell forced to sit out WTCC Race of Morocco

Honda Racing team Sweden regret to announce that it will be forced to sit out this weekend’s FIA World Touring Car Championship round in Marrakech, Morocco, after driver Rickard Rydell fell ill in the build-up to the event.

Rydell has been suffering from a high fever, believed to be caused by a virus, during the last week, but always intended to race in Marrakech until his condition regrettably worsened on Thursday. After careful consideration, the decision was subsequently taken to pull out of this weekend’s World Championship races in Africa – although the team and its personnel will remain in Marrakech throughout the course of the event.

Rydell has gone through extensive medical examinations and is currently being treated with antibiotics and fever-reducing paracetamol.

Honda Racing team Sweden, as well as its full portfolio of partners, wish Rickard Rydell a speedy recovery and intend to be back in the chase for FIA WTCC points at the next round of the season in Hungary on May 1-3.

Rickard Rydell (driver)

“I am tremendously disappointed to be forced out of this weekend’s races in Marrakech. I’ve had a persisting fever for the last few days, but it was always manageable and I firmly intended to drive in Morocco. Unfortunately, however, things took a turn for the worse today and the fever increased. It’s very frustrating, but driving the car in this condition would have been highly dangerous and simply isn’t an option. I would like to thank the team for their support in all of this – they’ve really been fantastic. Now, I will liaise with my doctors in order to recover as quickly as possible, and I already look forward to getting back in the car again in Budapest in two weeks’ time.”

Nicklas Karlsson (team principal)

“We are obviously sad and disappointed not to make the grid in Marrakech this weekend, but health always comes first and the most important thing right now is Rickard’s recovery. We have waited to the last minute before making this call, hoping for an improvement, but ultimately the fever got worse and there is no way Rickard can drive the car in his current discomfort. Taking this decision is all the more painful on this particular weekend, when we’ve got a big group of partners on site in the paddock, but our VIP program will still run according to its original plan and I am certain that all of our guests will fully understand this unfortunate situation.”

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