Milne’s tim­ing up­set

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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

The 2015 cam­paign was one of the big­gest yet for the GT Cup. Here is a break­down of what made it so suc­cess­ful.

First sea­son with Pinkney

Jack­son in NGTC Fo­cus

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