Marc Hynes takes BTCC sabbatical to concentrate on Manor F1

Marc Hynes

Marc Hynes has confirmed he will not feature on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid in 2015, and instead will focus on aiding the current revival of the Manor F1 team.

Making his debut in the series last year, Hynes endured a rollercoaster maiden season, ultimately finishing 18th overall in the Quantel Bifold Racing MG6 GT.

Alongside his BTCC commitments, the 37-year-old also held a working position at Marussia, before it encountered financial difficulties and subsequently fell into administration late last year.

With the team now returning to Formula One under the Manor name, Hynes has taken the decision to concentrate all his efforts on their resurgence, rather than compete for a second season in the BTCC.

Hynes told AUTOSPORT: “F1 takes over your life. I really enjoyed the BTCC last year and would definitely want to be back in it.

“Right now, though, F1 is the focus and we just need to get the team back up and running.

“It’s definitely something I want to [come] back to. That car’s not on the list at the minute but I definitely want to be back in the BTCC soon.

“To be honest, it will probably be 2016 but I don’t know yet. I definitely want to be back, I really enjoyed the whole experience last year.”

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