Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend its World Rally Championship activities from 2009.
Suzuki, which started participating in the WRC back in 2002 - with the Ignis Super 1600 in the Junior World Rally Championship, blamed the economic downturn for its decision to quit.
Despite its exit, Suzuki maintained however, that its participation in the WRC had been worthwhile.
"The entry to JWRC and WRC brought a great deal of positive effects on the product development and marketing activities, nurturing the high sporty automotive brand image, especially in Europe," added the manufacturer in its statement to the media.
"Suzuki expresses its great appreciation to sponsors and fans around the world for their strong support to its activities. The company will continue to provide valued products for its customers by utilizing the experiences earned through the JWRC and WRC activities."
Suzuki's exit means that currently only four teams are confirmed for 2009 - namely the Citroen Total WRT, the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT, the Subaru WRT and the Adapta WRT. The fate of the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford RT and the Munchi's Ford WRT has yet to be confirmed.
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