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Motorbase Performance targeting silverware at Knockhill

August 18th 2015

Motorbase Performance targeting silverware at Knockhill

Knockhill is the next stop for Motorbase Performance as the Kent-based outfit makes its annual trip across the border to Fife's picturesque Knockhill circuit for round seven of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this coming weekend (August 22/23).

A promising return to the BTCC grid after a half-year hiatus leaves the Motorbase Performance squad well positioned for the weekend's action, with both Mat Jackson and James Cole securing points finishes during round 6 at Snetterton just two weeks ago.

With the new mountune™ engine delivering 100% reliability for both Ford Focus ST's on its racing debut, David Bartrum's team is quietly confident of building on those initial results and fully focused on challenging for podiums as the racing reconvenes.

James Cole confident that a top ten finish is within his reach

"Snetterton was a decent return for Motorbase and a good debut for the new mountune engine;" said Motorbase Team Principal David Bartrum. "However, we're eager to get some new silverware in our trophy cabinet and that's the aim for Knockhill."

A strong qualifying performance will be pivotal to Motorbase's success this weekend. With space a premium on the short and twisty circuit, Knockhill is a notoriously difficult track to overtake on and both Jackson and Cole have a tough task ahead of them with a packed grid to contend with. Nonetheless, having celebrated the its maiden race win of the season on the Fife circuit last year, the squad is determined to unlock the Focus' full potential with the aim of a repeat performance.

Mat Jackson is hoping to repeat his success from last season with another race win

"Snetterton was about getting some good results and finding out how far things have moved on in the BTCC whilst we've been away;" added Bartrum. "I think it's fair to say that we will be approaching Knockhill with some confidence. We need to improve our qualifying performance; it's so important in the BTCC with such a competitive field and especially so at Knockhill. We won there last year, but as I've said before, things have moved on a great deal this season."

Driver quotes:

#4 Mat Jackson:
"We had a good weekend at Snetterton, not as strong as we'd hoped for initially but we learned a lot that we can take with us into this weekend at Knockhill. As always, we need to qualify well to make sure that our weekend gets off to the best possible start and we're confident that we have the set-up now to help us achieve that.

"The new engine has shown that it has the pace and we fully expect to be right up there mixing it with the boys at the front this weekend. A podium finish is definitely on our radar, and well within our reach."

#44 James Cole:
"After a decent debut in the Focus at Snetterton, I'm looking forward to picking up where we left off and seeing if we can break into the top ten this weekend. We came really close in race 3 at Snetterton and I'm confident that if we can stay out of trouble and avoid any wayward drivers this time out then there's plenty of pace in the car to make it a strong contender.

"Knockhill's a tricky circuit to pass on so qualifying will be key for us this weekend. That being said, it always delivers on drama so the fans should be in for a treat!"

Round 7 featuring races 19, 20 and 21 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship takes place at Knockhill circuit on August 22/23. Live coverage of Sunday's event will be shown on ITV4 and itv.com and also in HD from 10.45am – 6.10pm; with itv.com featuring live streaming of Saturday's qualifying session between 3.05 and 3.35pm.

ITV4 can be found on freeview channel 24 and Sky 120.