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Hard Times For Hotshoes

This isn't the first such message or conversation that the DSC Ed has received this year (or even the first today!) but the note from Duncan Tappy that "I just wanted to let you know that my racing deal, which would have seen me return to the Blancpain Endurance Series, has suffered a last minute setback due to unforeseen circumstances and that I am currently not committed to a drive for this season. " seems symptomatic of a very difficult time for talented young pro racers at present.

Sponsorship is more difficult to come by than ever, and despite healthy provisional entry lists in many Championships there are still TBAs and part season signings aplenty as more and more of the potential backing relies on a pool of wealthy enthusiasts that is not expanding quickly enough for the ambitions of race organisers.

In the meantime there's the risk that we might lose a generation of talent - again!