Team BRM driver Tom Tweedie has withdrawn from the Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Championship, effective immediately.
The 24-year-old currently sits ninth in the points standings having taken a best round result of fourth at the season-opening Clipsal 500 event.
Tweedie cited accident damage sustained in Townsville and a desire to focus on his career in real estate as the reasons behind cutting short his debut season in the Porsche class.
“It was a big decision and Townsville was really the decider as to whether I continue or stop,” said Tweedie.
“I weighed up the pros and cons of continuing this season as it's really at the point where it is time to stop and focus on other important things, along with saving our resources and giving me time to build and start fresh for next year.
“All my sponsors – Total/Elf RaceFuels, Racefit, Tizzana Vineyards and Team Tom Supporters – have been a great help to my campaign and I really enjoy working with them.
“However as I am now working in an exciting new career and trying to complete my University studies as well, it's time to focus on these for the remainder of the year before planning my next move in the sport.”
Tweedie had graduated to the Carrera Cup this year following a season in the V8 Supercars Development Series with Matthew White Motorsport, where he finished 15th in the points standings.
Team BRM says it will now attempt to replace Tweedie for the next round of the championship at Bathurst.
The team's other car, driven by the Money Choice backed Nick Foster, sits seventh in the points standings after five of eight rounds.