WSR: Comtec pulls out of first Formula Renault 3.5 round, parts company with Regalia after three days

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Comtec Racing has withdrawn from this weekend’s Formula Renault 3.5 season opener at Motorland Aragon in Spain just three days after signing Argentinian driver Facu Regalia, who has now left the team.

The British outfit finished 11th in last year’s championship with just 38 points to its name, but confirmed in March that it would be returning to the series for 2015.

On April 21, Regalia (pictured) was announced as the first of its drivers despite having initially signed for Zeta Corse after the team confirmed that it would not make the start of the new season.

Regalia confirmed on Friday that his deal with Comtec had now been terminated due to a change in the contract conditions, meaning that the team will also miss the first race on Saturday.

“The Argentine driver Facu Regalia will not be part of the first round of the 2015 World Series by Renault championship, after the Comtec team changed in last hours the terms of the agreement previously signed for the season,” a statement from the driver reads.

“After confirming Zeta Corse would not be in Aragon, he agreed to start with the Comtec team to start the tournament next weekend. Unexpectedly, the team changed the economic aspects of the contract, preventing Facu from being part of the first race.”

Comtec had already missed pre-season testing, but will now be focusing on trying to get back on the grid later in the year.

The 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 season kicks off this weekend, with a grid of 20 drivers hoping to follow in the footsteps of 2014 champion and current F1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr. this year.