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News 2011: An amazing six days for Motorbase Performance

June 28th

Airwaves Racing win race 3 at Croft

Croft circuit in North Yorkshire and the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany have little in common. At 2.3-miles long, Croft is based on an old airfield and is as flat as a billiard table, while the 14-mile Nordschleife is widely regarded as the toughest race track in the world as it twists and turns through the Eifel Mountains. Yet, within the space of six days, Motorbase Performance was a winner at both venues.

Jackson celebrates 3rd podium of 2011 at Croft

The week of contrasts started at Croft (18/19 June) for rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as the series reached the half-way point and the start of a seven-week mid-season break.

The trek north from Kent to North Yorkshire proved a successful foray for Airwaves Racing, run by the Motorbase squad, as Mat Jackson was on superb form all weekend. A bold but inspired decision to take slicks for the opening race on a still wet track made for a stunning finish as Jackson scythed through the field to finish second, just half a second behind winner Matt Neal. If the race had been one lap longer he would surely have taken victory. At the end of the afternoon, Jackson took his third win of the season to catapult himself right into the title race. With the break to the next races at Snetterton, Jackson is just nine points behind Neal and squarely in contention for the BTCC title.

Harvey wins PCCGB at the NurburgringThe team's Carrera Cup cars were not racing at Croft as the series was due at the Nurburgring a week later for the Porsche Carrera World Cup race, with 100 911 GT3 Cup cars racing on the daunting Nordschleife.

For team boss David Bartrum, it meant a very quick turnaround. The BTCC trucks arrived back late on Sunday night and the Porsche truck left for Germany on Monday night for the 330-mile trip across France and Belgium. David left on Tuesday and they set up in Germany during Wednesday, ahead of testing on Thursday.

Tim Harvey and Motorbase celebrate Porsche winTim Harvey was racing the Nationwide car for Motorbase and ran a solid performance through testing and qualifying, which both ran on a largely dry track. But by the time for the race on Saturday morning conditions were very different as steady rain fell on the 14-mile track.

The race, over six laps of the toughest circuit in the world, ran in conditions that caught out many drivers, but Harvey drove a superbly measured race to win after working ahead of Stephen Jelley. Harvey needed all his racing experience and wet weather prowess to win the Porsche Carrera Cup GB element of the Porsche Carrera World Cup race.

"That's the one you want to win," said an elated Harvey. "This was the big one and it is a wonderful feeling. It was about being safe on the first lap because I'd never driven a racing lap here in the wet. The car from Motorbase was easy to drive and once I got past Stephen I was able to pull away. It's been a fantastic event and one of the best race meetings I can remember."

Team boss Bartrum was delighted with the team's first Carrera Cup victory of the season in such challenging conditions. "What a week," said Bartrum. "We had a brilliant weekend at Croft and then a great weekend at the Nurburgring. It was an amazing week for all of us!"