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News 2008: Motorbase Ready for BTCC Challenge at Snetterton

The team at Motorbase Performance is in confident mood ahead of the next three races in the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car at Snetterton over the weekend of 12/13 July.

The season resumes at the high-speed Norfolk track after a six-week mid-season break and the team is upbeat following its front-running performance last time out at Croft and some useful Snetterton testing during the break.

Team boss David Bartrum knows that the pace of the team's BMW 320is took a big step forward at Croft and he now has his sights set on a podium finish over the coming weeks as the second half of the BTCC calendar packs 15 races into little over two months. "The team has done a lot of hard work and I'm a lot happier with where we were at Croft," said Bartrum. "We were in contention all weekend and we learnt a lot."

Equally, both Rob Collard and Steven Kane are eager to get racing again after the mid-season break and are confident of strong pace at Snetterton.

"A fourth and a fifth at Croft was really good for the team," said Collard, who led the third race for a couple of laps before contact from Adam Jones spun him round. "Snetterton should really suit the car, and it should be good. We should come back strong at Snetterton," said Rob.

"After Croft, everything is positive," said Kane. "We've made a real difference to the cars and it certainly seems to be working. I've got realistic hopes for a podium over the second half of the season," he said. "If we can keep the development going well, I can see a podium coming. Everything we do is really starting to make sense and our season really starts at Snetterton."

Once again, extensive live coverage of the race action will be shown on ITV4. The first of Sunday's three races starts at 11.10am, while live coverage of the afternoon's action will start at 1pm on ITV4.