Milne’s timing upset
There was a little controversy at the rally finish when Quintin Milne’s final stage time was adjusted. Running his snow tyres on the final stage, he caught the zero car with three miles to go and, with nowhere for the gravel tyre-shod course car to pull off in the snow, Milne had to sit there as the seconds ticked by. A notional time was agreed that placed Milne third overall at the finish, easing Mcculloch off the podium by seven seconds.
Motorbase Performance’s history in the BTCC
2015: Despite only joining halfway through the year with a developed Ford Focus now fitted with an Ecoboost engine, Mat Jackson, who takes the team’s first ever pole position, wins four times and is joined on the grid by James Cole. Jackson ends up 12th in the points. Wins: 4
2014: Jackson and Fabrizio Giovanardi drive for the main team and are joined by Jack Clarke in a third car. Jackson wins two races and is fourth in the points, while Giovanardi is disappointing in 13th place with only one podium. Clarke is 19th with one podium. Wins: 2
2013: Jackson and Aron Smith drive for the entire season, joined by Tom Onslow-cole for the last three meetings. Jackson, eighth in the points and Smith, ninth, fail to win a round. Liam Griffin is runner-up in the Jack Sears Trophy, despite missing a round when Jake Hill deputises. Wins: 0 2012: Jackson starts with an S2000 Ford Focus before switching to a full NGTC machine in the middle of the year. Smith drives a second car alongside Griffin. Jackson wins three rounds – and is seventh in the table – while Smith wins once and is eighth. Wins: 4
2011: Motorbase Performance uses an S2000 Ford Focus with an NGTC engine. Jackson is joined by Griffin in the team. The squad also runs Michael Caine and James Thompson in selected rounds later in the season. Jackson is fourth in the points with four wins. Wins: 4 2010: Jackson joins the Motorbase team alongside returnee Steven Kane. They are in BMW 320si cars. They are joined by Ben Collins for the final round in a guest appearance. Kane wins at Thruxton and is sixth in the points, while Jackson also takes a victory and is seventh. Wins: 2
2009: Motorbase Performance sticks with the BMWS and Rob Collard and Jonathan Adam at the wheel. Collard takes the team’s first win at Brands Hatch in the first meeting and another at Donington Park. He is sixth in the points, while rookie Adam is eighth. Wins: 2
2008: The team switches to two S2000-spec BMW 320sis for Kane and Collard. Although it is a winless season, there are five podiums, with three second places for Kane. Wins: 0
2007: The team decides to run two ex-factory SEAT Toledos. Matt Allison and Gareth Howell start the season, but Tom Ferrier and Paul O’neill join for bit-part races towards the latter half of the season. Allison is the team’s top performer with 12th in the points. Wins: 0
2006: Team joins the BTCC running a Honda Integra Type R for Dave Pinkney, and adds a SEAT Toledo for Ferrier at the final round. Pinkney takes the team’s first podium at Knockhill. Wins: 0
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