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Motorbase Performance gears up for BTCC season finale

October 5th 2015

Motorbase Performance gears up for the BTCC season finale on its home circuit

Motorbase Performance is looking to carry its impressive form into the final three races of 2015 as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship returns to Brands Hatch for the season finale this coming weekend (October 10/11).

Heading to its local circuit for the final three races on the BTCC calendar, the Motorbase squad is hoping home-advantage plays a part in the weekend's proceedings as it gears up for the season closer in front of a home crowd on the iconic GP circuit.

Motorbase celebrated its second outright win of the season during a record-breaking weekend at Silverstone just two weeks ago that also saw the Wrotham-based outfit secure all three poles for the first time since its maiden BTCC appearance in 2006. Mat Jackson claimed his first ever back-to-back pole in the mountune-powered Ford Focus ST before going on to set a new lap record on the National Circuit layout, whilst James Cole also enjoyed his best career result to date coming away with two top finishes from the weekend.

The 2015 Motorbase Performance squadDespite missing the first half of the season, the squad's results since its duo of Ford's returned to the BTCC grid has been nothing short of remarkable. With two outright race wins, five independent race wins and four podiums from the last three rounds alone, Motorbase has scored points in every round contested and the team is as determined as ever to keep that record in tact as the last flag drops. 

"Going into the last race of the year already feels far too early;" commented Motorbase Team Manager Oly Collins. "We've had a great second half of 2015; one which makes us all wish we had been in it from the start. We're all extremely proud of what we've managed to achieve in such a short period of time and we're ready more than ever to launch a full championship challenging campaign for 2016."

"We've thrown down a very clear marker since our return and shown that we have the package in place to really go all out for the championship next season;" continued Collins.  "You can tell we've done a good job as there are a few people moaning about how fast we are. I guess it's a form of flattery really, if people weren't talking about us, then you could say we're not doing our job well enough! 

"We'll just concentrate on doing the best job that we can and keep our focus on winning races."

Collins added; "I have to say a huge thank you to everyone that has been involved behind the scenes at Motorbase Performance for such a great end to the year, it's just a shame that we weren't there in the beginning. I feel sure that it would be a very different championship had we been on the start line back in April."

Driver Quotes: 

#4 Mat Jackson;
"It feels like we've only just got going really and here we are already at the end. We've had such mega results since we returned to the grid that you can't help but wonder ‘what if' but all of the hard work that's gone into this season just pushes us further forward for next year's campaign.

"Brands should be another good circuit for the Focus. With the chassis improvements that have been made to the car this season I'd expect us to be right up there in qualifying again and we want to go out with a bang. We're not there to interfere with anyone's title but at the same time we're not going to roll over. We'll still be pushing for more wins. It should be a great final weekend."

#44 James Cole; 
"It's hard to believe that we're already at the last race weekend of the season, especially as I'm just starting to get to grips with the car and the results are starting to go my way. I'm really looking forward to the weekend though, with Brands Hatch being local to Motorbase it'll be great to have the fans support and the GP loop should suit the Focus well.

"We had a great set of results from Silverstone and I still feel that there's more to come. Hopefully we can carry on the good work with another ‘best-ever' set of results at Brands and end the season on a high!" 

The season finale of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship featuring rounds 28, 29 and 30 takes places on the Brands Hatch GP loop on October 10/11. Live coverage of Sunday's events will be shown on ITV4, and also in HD from 10.15am – 6.30pm; with featuring live streaming online of Saturday's qualifying session from 3.35pm.

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