MOTORBASE EX­PANDS BTCC TEAM AND QUITS BRI­TISH GT

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The Motorbase Per­for­mance team will with­draw from the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship next sea­son and in­stead con­cen­trate on a three-car Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship oper­a­tion.

The Kent team, which won the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship in 2012 with Michael Caine and Daniele Per­fetti driv­ing one of the squad’s Porsche 997 GT3-RS and has run As­ton Martins in the cat­e­gory since 2014.

It has put its two sportscars up for sale and in­stead will fo­cus on an ex­panded tin-top en­try for 2017. In­de­pen­dents Teams’ ti­tle in 2016 with Mat Jack­son and An­drew Jor­dan at the wheel of its two-litre tur­bocharged Ford Fo­cus cars. Jor­dan was also crowned In­de­pen­dents Tro­phy cham­pion but has since left the team for WSR.

Team prin­ci­pal David Bartrum said: “Th­ese are re­ally ex­cit­ing times for Motorbase. We have a fan­tas­tic new ti­tle spon­sor be­hind us that will be re­vealed soon as well as the back­ing of some of our long-stand­ing part­ners. That has en­abled us to push for­ward our plans to bring the third Fo­cus out on track for our 2017 cam­paign.

“We’ve shown that we have one of the best pack­ages on the grid this year and with some tweaks over the win­ter, we ex­pect the Fo­cus to be back up there com­pet­ing at the front again in 2017. We’re talk­ing to some great drivers at the mo­ment and we’re work­ing hard on putting to­gether a ti­tle-win­ning squad for the new sea­son.”

Motorbase Per­for­mance has got an ex­tra li­cence on loan from Welch Mo­tor­sport, which will not be tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion next sea­son.

Bartrum added that while the squad would with­draw from its Bri­tish GT and Blanc­pain com­mit­ments, it was not turn­ing its back on sportscar rac­ing com­pletely.

“It’s by no means the end of sportscar rac­ing for Motorbase, but I feel that it’s the right time for us to re­group and to put all of our ef­forts into build­ing on last sea­son’s BTCC suc­cess,” he added. ● The AMD Tun­ing.com team will also ex­pand next sea­son, re­turn­ing to run­ning two Audi S3 sa­loons. It has al­ready con­firmed that it will run Ol­lie Jack­son and boss Shaun Hol­lamby is in talks with other rac­ers.

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