David Bartrum's Blog
Well it's the half way point in what is a very big year for Motorbase Performance!
My first blog is one of mixed feelings, we work very hard as a team in what ever we do, and boy do you work hard in the BTCC! The damage we have had has been unreal, I must have upset the damage gods in a major way because at every round we have the most horrendous luck and for most of it our drivers are just passengers.
All the time we are putting cars back together at each round we are losing ground to the other competitors and then when we are at our workshops we lose the cars to the body shop for more repairs, although I think this just makes our team even more determined to come back and work harder at getting a result - and we will get a result damage gods permitting.
On the other side of the paddock on race days is another hard working part of our team, our Porsche Carrera Cup team, and boy what a season they are having! It is the fantastic results that they are delivering that keeps us all sane. On a Monday morning when we go into work the Silverware is sitting there ready to go into the trophy cabinets. We have just had the Oulton Park round and completed our best ever Cup weekend with a clean sweep with wins in both classes in both of the races, well done Steven and Andy. It was also great to have Gary Britnell back out racing with us after a 3 year break, he is still great fun to have around and still a grade one piss taker, and he put in a great effort and although he was surprised how the Cup pace has moved on I think he did a good job.
The other big news for us this week is that with the backing of our old sponsor SAS International we are getting to put Steven out in the Porsche Supercup race at the British Grand Prix! This is a fantastic opportunity for all of our team to show what we can do on the bigger Porsche stage, I cannot wait to do this event, it will be something very different and a challenge at a new level which I know my boys will welcome and look forward to.
I guess a bit like a head master I can take this opportunity to do a bit of a half term review. I think the Porsche drivers Andy, Sam and Steven are doing a good job: - Sam has shown that he can race with the best of them, he has still more to come and is a very determined guy who works very hard at learning the car and he will get faster. Steven and Andy just need to keep going at winning races in their respective classes - hopefully Steven can extend his lead over all while Andy can catch Nigel Rice in pro am and uphold our honour in this class, we won this class last year with Phil Quaife and would like to do so again.
The BTCC team would like to have a weekend without damage - if we could do this I think we would get to show how we can perform as a racing team and not a mobile body shop, although with all the damage we have had, (with the exception of Gareth's accident at Oulton) we pull together as a team and do our best to get the car back on the grid for the next race. Matt's shunt at Thruxton showed what a good crew Motorbase has, well done to all of our team for the hard work you all put in.
Driver wise in the BTCC I think Matt has turned out to be a great find, he is going to be a very good touring car driver and goes about doing all he can to get the best from his car, but boy oh boy has he had some shit luck. After a great start to the season, the last 3 rounds he has had 5 accidents that he was nothing to do with, and by any standard the Thruxton one was a big one, but he comes back and just gets on with it. Gareth has also had his fair share of bad luck and I thought at Oulton we may get a good result in race 2 but he had on off all on his own and we did not have 2 of the parts needed to get him back out so it was an early bath for him and more work for the body shop (they think touring cars are wonderful!) I think we have bought the body shop boss a new holiday home!?
Thank you to all our crews at Motorbase you have all been brilliant, keep up the good work. To all our sponsors and supporters a big thank you and keep cheering for us, to the drivers keep the pedal to the metal, but do lift at the bits you need to!