MOTORBASE SIGNS JACK­SON AND SHRED­DED WHEAT FOR ’17

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Motorbase Per­for­mance has re­tained Mat Jack­son for the 2017 Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship cam­paign and has re­vealed Shred­ded Wheat as the team’s new backer.

Jack­son fin­ished third in the stand­ings this year in the team’s two-litre Ford Fo­cus and he took five race wins from the 30 rounds. The deal with Nes­tle firm Shred­ded Wheat is a multi-year pack­age.

Jack­son said that he hoped get­ting the deal sorted out early would help the team hit the ground run­ning in 2017.

Jack­son said: “It is great to get this done early. We have a strong test­ing pro­gramme lined up and that means we should be able to be at the front from the very start of the sea­son.

“We were very close last year and we just needed that last leg up. Ty­ing up this deal with Shred­ded Wheat is a boost for ev­ery­body and it should be the last piece of the jig­saw we need to make the step for­ward.”

Team prin­ci­pal David Bartrum said that the near miss in the 2016 cam­paign has given the team ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion for the cam­paign to come.

“We’re very happy to an­nounce that Mat will con­tinue to spear­head our 2017 cam­paign. Af­ter hav­ing come so close to the over­all driv­ers’ ti­tle last sea­son, we also have our eyes on the over­all prize. Mat’s pace is un­ques­tion­able and he has shown great con­sis­tency in re­cent years. He is a real as­set and the per­fect brand am­bas­sador for Shred­ded Wheat.”

Motorbase Per­for­mance has al­ready an­nounced that it will op­er­ate three cars in the BTCC in 2017. No other driv­ers are con­firmed yet.

Bri­tish For­mula 4 cham­pion Max Fewtrell will grad­u­ate to the For­mula Re­nault Eurocup next sea­son, driv­ing for the Tech 1 Rac­ing squad.

The 17-year-old had taken part in the se­ries’ rookie test in October with the team and will now race in the re­vamped cat­e­gory next year. Re­nault has de­cided to in­vest heav­ily in the se­ries and the top two driv­ers will be­come mem­bers of the Re­nault Sport Academy.

“It’s ex­cit­ing news, I’m look­ing

Photos: Gary Hawkins, Jakob Ebrey, LAT

Jack­son will en­ter his eighth sea­son with team

Fewtrell com­pleted Eurocup rookie test with the Tech 1 squad

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