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Motorbase continues BTCC comeback preparations at Brands

Thursday, July 02 2015

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race-winning team Motorbase continued preparations for their intended return to the series at Snetterton next month (8/9 August), with a test at Brands Hatch today (Thursday).

The Kent-based team hopes to debut their Ecoboost-engined Ford Focus NGTC at Snetterton, and team boss Dave Bartum is certain that the new Mountune-developed power unit will give them the advantage that they are looking for.

"It's been quite interesting following the championship this year because everyone's moved on," Bartrum said. "So the question I find myself asking is: 'are we going to be competitive?' I think we've done enough behind the scenes over the winter and in our test programme to say we'll be competitive. We can't win the championship, but I think we'll be competitive, and I think that with our new Mountune engine, perhaps that gives us a little bit more of an edge that we missed. The old Ford Duratec engine was evolved in 2010 for the old S2000 car and the new engine is the future and that's the last bit of detail our car needed."

Lead driver Mat Jackson admits that it's been tough sitting on the sidelines: "I still watch it on a Sunday, it's frustrating. The rules have changed, Jason looks like he's the man to beat and it seems more tactical. We've been keeping a firm eye on what's been going on, it's nice to see that it's the same guys that are still at the front, and there's no new surprises in there; we're confident.

"We want to win, that's what we're coming back to do. We haven't got a championship to think of, so we've got a very different approach to the guys that are in the championship, and I think that we could be very exciting."

Team newcomer James Cole has also admitted to being frustrated missing the first 15 rounds, but is confident that he's made the right move. "I'd rather take half a year's sabbatical that would then help me at the end of the year and the next couple of years hopefully," he said. "They're a great team and it's a place that I wanted to be.

"I just want some stability; three teams in three years has not given me the greatest record so far, and I just want to get going and prove what I'm capable of doing in a British Touring Car. I think we've got the capabilities to be top ten and if I get there I'll be delighted."

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