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Motorbase confirms Snetterton BTCC return

Monday, July 13 2015

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship front-running team Motorbase has officially confirmed that it will be returning to action at Snetterton next month (8/9 August) with drivers Mat Jackson and James Cole debuting the new EcoBoost-engined Ford Focus at the Norfolk track.

Having missed the opening 15 rounds of the championship to develop the Mountune-built Ecoboost engine, the team is set to join its rivals at an official Snetterton test this Thursday (16 July). The team is confident that the new power unit will put them in the hunt for victories next month.

"We're all really looking forward to coming back to the championship at Snetterton;" commented Motorbase Team Principal David Bartrum. "It's been a long winter for us but we've been far from resting on our laurels. The development work with the new Mountune engine has gone really well and it's exciting to be re-joining the BTCC and to see where we are compared to the rest of the grid.

"It will be an exciting challenge for Mat, James and the whole team. A lot of hard work has gone into this project and l hope we can go out there and get some decent results as a reward. Obviously we can't win the championship in the second half of the season, but we can go out there to win races and podiums and we're up for the challenge."

Mat Jackson, who finished fourth in last year's championship, said: "The car has performed well in testing so it will be interesting to see how we compare against the Hondas, VWs and BMWs at the Dunlop test later this week. That aside, it's great to be finally preparing for our come back next month.

"Everyone in the team has worked really hard behind the scenes to make this happen, and with new Mountune engine and the chassis improvements I feel sure we have a very competitive package on our hands. We're not here to make up the numbers, we'll definitely up for the challenge and we'll be going all out for race wins come Snetterton."

New recruit James Cole added: "We're all really looking forward to getting back to the BTCC grid. It's been interesting watching from the sidelines this year and some would argue that we may have learnt more than if we'd been racing, but we'll see!

"We had a great test at Brands recently; mine and Mat's driving style is very similar, so we've been able to share data and set ups between us which should help us move forward quickly once we get back out on track. Even with the small amount of time that I've had in the Focus, everything is already there for me. There's good data and it's great to be in the team with Mat who knows the car inside out. I've just got to grab what's already there and put it into practice."

Tickets for the BTCC at Snetterton on 8/9 August are available online from £26, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.