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Matt Neal checks out the new competition at Snetterton

The end result was a car that turned heads both on and off-track, picking up three solid results and being universally welcomed by fans watching on both trackside and at home on ITV – leading to a huge sense of pride within the Motorbase team after its first build was completed. “The seven boys who did the work have done a job that knocked my socks off,” Bartrum says. “I think the car looks great, and I know that I would say that as it’s my car. However, if anyone wants to come and tell me it looks crap, then I think they will be in a minority. I think its one of, if not the, best looking NGTC car and I’m delighted with it. www.insidebtcc.com

“I think people underestimated what we could do. They all thought it was for later in the year and maybe we’d get the car out for the last two rounds ahead of next year. We brought it forward and will now benefit for next year and when it comes to building the second car. We’ll keep working on that, and also on the shell for the third car as well. You may see the second car before the end of the year but realistically and financially, I think we’ll stick with the one we’ve got. “We need to concentrate on Mat’s car because if you are rushing to get more cars built up, then you don’t have time to go out and test. The important thing is to get this car right, and then we can look to build on it and move forwards.”

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and wins in the first few meetings and the early focus is on reliability – so to have no major issues on what was effectively a shakedown was very encouraging.”

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