UPDATE: This article is updated on 25 June 2019 based on new data that we have gathered from Jerry de Weerdt, the owner of Braxx Racing. An edit that will reflect this will be available to be viewed under the Edit section of this article.
Earlier today, Alex Sedgwick released a statement in his official website that reveals that Braxx Racing will withdraw their entries for the upcoming Autodrom Most NASCAR Show, the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race at Czech Republic.
In the official statement, Sedgwick revealed that the decision for Braxx Racing to withdraw was caused by multiple factors. The first of which was the unavailability of Braxx’s lead driver, Marc Goossens, to participate at the upcoming races at Most. Goossens’ absence for Most wouldn’t affect the other drivers at Braxx at first, as Sedgwick states that he is willing to race as the sole Braxx representative in the Elite 1 class.
Sedgwick also said that the team’s struggles to adapt to the 2019 package and the General Tire tires would become a factor that leads to the decision for Braxx to withdraw all entries from Most.
EDIT: In the original version of this article, we stated that one of the reasons of Braxx’s withdrawal was due to a “lack of experience and opportunity to do some testing at Most”. After this article was released, Jerry de Weerdt contacted us and said that “the cars and the team are ready to go” and ultimately the decision for Braxx Racing to withdraw from Most had nothing to do with the team’s lack of preparation for Most. We from World of EuroNASCAR said our apologies to Jerry de Weerdt and entire Braxx Racing team for this particular misreporting.
“With the news that Marc would not be able to race in Most, I had the opportunity to go as the single car entry for Braxx Racing,” said Sedgwick in his official statement. “However, with no experience of the track, nor opportunity to test and, with the team still learning the new tyre and 2019 changes, I felt it was not the best option.”
Alex also revealed in the official statement that the political climate of the Great Britain and the dilemma over Brexit have made his 2019 campaign a considerably tough one in the financial side of things.
“It has been very hard this year, especially with uncertainty over Brexit, to pull together the required budget to go racing,” said Sedgwick. “I, therefore, owe it to my sponsors and my family who all help me get on the grid, that I always maximise all my opportunities to get the best results I can.”
“It is important that I make sure they get a good return for their investment in me, to say thank you for their support, and to give them as much awareness as I can. I race to win and I have to make the best use of the limited budget I have and going to a race where, due to circumstances out of my control, I cannot give my best, I have to look at the bigger picture and this is why I will sit out the rounds at Most.”
Alex also states that the experience at Brands Hatch, where he fell down in the running order in Race 2 due to a faulty set-up that would prove catastrophic for tire management, have made him realize that the Braxx team need to step up their game for all future rounds.
“The experience at the last round at Brands Hatch, where an error in set-up took away what would have been a strong top four finish, made me realize we need to be as a team, on the top of our game at all rounds,” comments Alex.
Braxx’s withdrawal from Most would effectively marked the end of the Championship title hopes for all of the team’s drivers in both classes. The withdrawal could also mean that Jerry de Weerdt, who entered the season as the 3-time and defending Legend Trophy winner in the Elite 2 class, would be unable to defend his Legend Trophy title unless he had a spectacular run in the playoffs and took full advantage of the double points provided to both the drivers and the teams at the final two race weeks of the season in Hockenheim and Zolder.
The withdrawal would meant that there will only be 29 teams and 50 drivers that are ready to participate at Most, down from the 31 teams and 54 drivers that were part from the initial Entry List.
In a Facebook post by Braxx Racing, the team have confirmed that they, along with its drivers Jerry de Weerdt, Marc Goossens, Alex Sedgwick, and Scott Jeffs, will return for the fifth race week of the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series at Venray on 13-14 July.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will hit the track for Round 7 and Round 8 of the 2019 season on 29 June and 30 June respectively. All races for this season are going to be aired live on FansChoice.tv, Motorsport.tv, and the official Facebook page and YouTube channel of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.
Unless noted, all photos used in this article are courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard.