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Motorbase Performance sprung a surprise when the BTCC season resumed after taking the wraps of its new Ford Focus at Snetterton. The car, built to the series’ NGTC regulations, has been in the pipeline for some time and has been put together during the seven-week break that followed the fifth round of the campaign at Croft. The first race for the car was to even make it to Snetterton in time for its debut, with the final decision only made in the days running up to the event when it became clear that all the required parts would arrive in time for the car to be on track for the sixth meeting of the year. “I’m extremely proud of what we will be achieving this weekend,” team boss David Batrum said at the start of the weekend. “We’re about to enter a new chapter for Motorbase www.insidebtcc.com

Performance, one which has taken a lot of hard work and further shows our commitment to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as a constructor. “The guys in the team have been absolutely amazing this last seven weeks to get this car built in such a short amount of time and to such a high standard. We’re not doing this on a manufacturer budget and therefore it requires a different approach and we have to be a little less orthadox.

A big thanks goes to all of our suppliers who have helped greatly with this project. I won’t name them as there have been so many but they know who they are. I can’t thank the team enough for their effort, skill and determination to achieve this and I just hope for all of our sakes they are rewarded with results as soon as possible.” With the car only arriving at Snetterton at 6am on Saturday morning, the opening practice sessions of the weekend became

nothing more than a hugely public shakedown, albeit one that passed successfully with the car running without any major issues. In fact, the only brief cause for concern came when Jackson clipped the rear of Tony Gilham’s Vauxhall Insignia due to a minor problem with the brake bias. Qualifying then saw Jackson set the 16th quickest time which, while lower than the team would normally have hoped for, was an impressive performance from a car that had only turned 13 laps in the two practice sessions. Eighth place in race one after Dave Newsham’s exclusion for being underweight was a great start to the weekend while further improvements were made in race two as the Focus crossed the line in sixth – earning a second row start for the final race when the reverse grid draw took Inside BTCC 23

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