Motorbase nicely poised
Independents’ Championship leaders Motorbase Performance celebrated a victorious landmark Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship weekend at Snetterton two weeks ago.
Mat Jackson notched his third, and the outfit’s fourth win of the season, as well as an opening race podium at the Norfolk track, commemorating its 300th race in the BTCC in fine style. The results left Jackson, the current lead Motorbase man, just over 30 points off the Drivers’ summit.
“After a strong showing at Snetterton we’re keen to keep the momentum going at Knockhill,” said Team Manager Oly Collins. “Both cars showed strong pace last time out with a brace of trophies and a win but also a chunk of bad luck which prevented both cars being on the podium. Hopefully that’s behind us now.”
The team hold a 74 point lead at the top of the Independent Teams’ standings, all focus is now on closing the gap to the overall leaders and a strong qualifying performance will be pivotal to squad’s success this weekend.
With space at a premium on the short and twisty circuit, Ford Focus wielding duo Mat Jackson and Andrew Jordan have a tough task ahead of them with a packed grid to contend with.
“Knockhill always throws up some unique challenges as a circuit so we expect another close weekend with strong competition,” added Collins.
“The BTCC has so far delivered another nail biting season for us all and the championship is still wide open.
“We’re in a really strong position heading to Scotland but we also know a lot can happen over the course of a race weekend!”
“We’re in a good place heading into this weekend at Knockhill,” said Jackson.
“We enjoyed some good results there last year and on the back of a strong performance at Snetterton we’ve shown that the car is in the window. It’s great to have such a gap leading the Teams’ Championship but our eyes are still on the main prize!”
Jordan said: “We’ve shed some weight off the car heading into this weekend which should help us in qualifying.
“I really like Knockhill. I’ve always gone well there, it’s a maximum attack circuit and the Focus has performed well there in the past so I think we should be strong.
“Wins and podiums are on the agenda and I’m looking forward to bouncing back from a tough weekend at Snetterton.”
Rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the 2016 BTCC season take place at Knockhill circuit on 13/14 August. Live coverage of Sunday’s action will be shown on ITV4, itv.com and also in HD from 11:00 – 1815; with itv.com featuring live streaming online of Saturday’s qualifying session between 15:40 – 16:10.