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Motorbase Boss lauds EcoBoost engine following successful test

Kent-based Motorbase Performance made a further step towards a return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship following a fruitful test at its local Brands Hatch circuit last week (15 May).

The BTCC Media Team was present to watch the squad continue with its extensive development programme on the new 2-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, during an open day session with both Mat Jackson and new signing James Cole on track in the Ford Focus ST’s.

“We had a great test on Friday with both BTCC cars in the full 2015 specification,” said Team Principal David Bartrum. “Mat and James worked through some set-up work and engine work that we had planned which went extremely well. We also covered both qualifying and race run simulations with both cars and were very satisfied with the results.”

Jackson’s return to the Motorbase squad marks his sixth successive season in Bartrum’s BTCC line-up and the 2014 Independent runner-up is this year joined by former Formula Ford Champion, James Cole. “Mat and James work very well together, they have a very similar driving style which makes things easier from an engineering perspective as they both run similar set ups and benefit from each other’s progression.

“Mat was pleased with the developments since our last test earlier in the year, and though James is less familiar with the Motorbase Focus, he was delighted with the car’s performance and pace.”

After its six-year partnership with Wrigley’s Airwaves came to the end in 2014, the Wrotham-based team has been working tirelessly on finding a new title partner to facilitate its plan to re-join the BTCC at Snetterton for the second half of the season. With the open day test part of an ongoing programme to attract potential new partners to the team, Team Boss Bartrum has been heartened by the interest and support shown for the Motorbase squad, adding; “The day was a great success. As usual it was a testament to the people behind the team that both cars looked great, ran faultlessly all day and we got through our test program an more.

“We’re still working on finding a financial solution so we can be out at Snetterton in August. We’re not there yet but Friday hopefully showed some interested parties that we’re ready and raring to go. We remain hopeful that we’ll be back on the grid come the second half.”

Tomorrow we’ll be hearing from both Motorbase drivers as they look back on the test and ahead to the planned part-season in the BTCC.

PHOTO CREDIT: PSP IMAGES

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