Hugo Bentley-Ellis has quit his drive at Kevin Mills Racing in the BRSCC Avon Tyres National Formula Ford Championship, despite breaking the Castle Combe lap record during his rookie season.
The 17-year-old graduated to FF1600 this year from karts, having got fed up of the “bad luck in karting”.
He lies 10th in the National standings, and 20th in the Northern championship after debuting at the most recent round at Silverstone.
Bentley-Ellis chose not to take part in the second Silverstone race, and was then not present for last weekend’s National round at Oulton Park, being replaced by reigning National champion Luke Williams.
During the previous National round at Castle Combe Bentley-Ellis broke the circuit’s lap record, and told FF1600website that he was “getting better and better” at racing in FF1600 and becoming more accustomed to the car.
He also confirmed that he had the budget in place for the rest of the season, but was looking to move on from the category for 2019.
“Hugo’s just given up. Simple as that,” KMR boss Kevin Mills explained.
“He doesn’t want to drive anymore. He said he wasn’t enjoying it and decided it wasn’t for him. Don’t understand why.
“His car is available now. It broke the lap record at Castle Combe three weeks ago so there’s nothing wrong with it.”
Williams has acted as driver coach to the KMR drivers this year before stepping in at Oulton Park, and was frustrated about Bentley-Ellis’s abrupt departure.
“Hugo was getting fast. Hugo was going to be really fast before he quit,” he said.
“Bit upset with that one, but hey it happens, doesn’t it.”
Williams qualified sixth on his first time in a Spectrum chassis, and first time in a FF1600 car in 10 months, and finished the opening race in 12th after being rear-ended by Carter Williams. He climbed to fifth in the second race, just over a second off victory.
Further FF1600 appearances are not on Williams’s horizons this year, having chosen to focus on getting a drive in British GT, although he has not ruled a return to the FFord Festival in 2019.