David Bartrum's Blog
First of all I would like to apologise for not having put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) sooner but I don't know where the time has gone. We got the first car in December from Schnitzer and it went straight to the racing car show with the team's name on it as we were still trying to put our sponsorship package together, this is never easy and it takes up a lot of time and effort, we worked on this for a long time and had all the paper work done when at the last minute, due to the financial climate, we had a lead sponsor back out. This meant it was back to the drawing board to try to find the financial backing that is the lifeblood of any team.
When you get these sorts of set backs it takes valuable track time away from the team, but you just have to push on, and if you ask any of the teams in the paddock they will tell you that it is very hard to secure solid sponsors at the moment with the financial climate we have in the UK.
We got the second car in mid January, and with another trip to Germany came more knowledge of the cars and also more team members got to meet the Schnitzer team, who have been incredibly helpful to us as have BMW. The car is a superb bit of kit and it is a personal victory to have secured 2 of the best racecars in the touring car world.
With this in mind we have been testing trying to learn about our new cars as we have a big task ahead of us, as the other BMW runners all have a year's experience with the e90 along with a year's worth of on track data.
Motorbase will rise to the challenge, as it always does. The team of guys this year are a very hard working and determined bunch and they know we have to work hard to catch up to the other teams and catch up and compete with them we will.
Motorbase has always run a Porsche program alongside its BTCC campaign but this season the team is having a sabbatical year from Porsche and will concentrate solely on the BTCC - we will return to the Carrera Cup in the future but for the moment all our efforts will be put into the BMWs.
I am extremely pleased with our driver line up as Rob Collard brings a wealth of BTCC experience and I think this will help us move forward as a team, the other driver is Steven Kane who did a great job with us last year in the Carrera Cup, and I think he will prove very worthy of a BTCC seat.
All in all the BTCC is getting ready for a strong and interesting year, I think there are a lot of cars and drivers that can win races this year and in our building year I hope we can win a race or two and visit the podium regularly.
The 50th BTCC year is going to be really good racing and I am proud our team is part of this anniversary year, and I think it will be great for our drivers and sponsors. I would like to thank Komatsu, Phoenix Interiors, Whitmore's, Spit n Polish, Corbeau, Linton Fuels, Geographic's, and all our supporters.
When it gets underway at Brands Hatch in a few weeks I shall be hoping for the best for our team, and when upwards of 26 cars go into the first corner I will be hoping that the drivers remember that is the first corner of a 30 race season and that to finish first, first you have to finish!
Good luck to everyone in the BTCC and thank you to the fans for your support and if you see Motorbase come and say hello to us - it means a lot to a team to see our supporters.