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“Oly went off on holiday and left me and engineer Richard Townsend to look at what we had – which was a part built car – and decide what we were going to do. We took the decision that we would try to raise the money and while I started trying to put the money in place, the boys got to work on finishing off the work that was needed on the shell.” Finding the funds with which to build the actual car was the first hurdle to overcome, with the team lucky that its multitude of sponsors were able to step up to the plate to allow the programme to move forwards. “Going round with a begging bowl in the middle of the season isn’t ideal,” Bartrum continued. “I met with Redstone, with Airwaves, with Truphone and with Liam because he is also a sponsor through Addison Lee. “Liam’s immediate response was ‘Look guys, you know I’m not doing Knockhill anyway so I’ll stand down for Snetterton – don’t repair my car’. Liam’s decision to stand down gave us the freedom to know that we could put Mat in the old car or the new car depending on how we got on. Liam hasn’t run out of budget or anything like that – he just stood down and took one for the team. “All of the sponsors without fail came forward and they all want to be a part of Motorbase going forwards. They have seen what has happened with NGTC. At the start of the www.insidebtcc.com

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season I sat down with them all and said what I felt was going to happen with NGTC and how it was going to take a while for the NGTC cars to get up to speed. It is clear that we got that wrong and the teams learned quicker than we thought they would, and the sponsors all wanted to help me to get to where I needed to be.” Unknown to most outside the paddock, Motorbase had already secured some of the NGTC parts required to build a car back in February, acquiring the kit that had been purchased by RML before its plans to build a Next Generation Touring Car were shelved. With those parts – which were purchased at a noticeable discount – and the shell in place, the financial support from sponsors allowed the build to begin in earnest and kick-started a frantic race against time to prepare for Snetterton. “There were a massive variety of things that combined to create a huge challenge,” Collins said. “Manufacturing stuff is one thing but luckily with NGTC as it is, with GPRM building a lot of the suspension parts, there is a lot less of a design element to the build then there would have been with an S2000 car – where the suspension would be bespoke. “That helped because the suspension is the same as it is on the MG, the Honda or the Toyota but then there were issues elsewhere. The windscreen for example comes from Italy and has a six week lead time, and we needed it just as they prepared to go on a month-long break in August so it was very much touch-and-go as to whether we would get it in time. “The bodywork was a

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from the collision with the barriers – to see that the money was going to mount up repairing it. On the Monday morning after Croft, it was very clear that we were going to have to sit down and decide what we were going to do because that car was finished and we were down to two cars.

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