- Motorbase Performance
Motorbase Performance Motor racing team Founded 2004 Country United Kingdom Team Principal(s) David Bartrum Current series BTCC
Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Former series SEAT Cupra Championship
British GT Championship
Le Mans Endurance Series
Drivers' titles 2010 PCCGB Pro-Am 1 (Jackson) Teams' titles
Motorbase Performance is an English motor racing team, founded in 2004 by former Production Saloon racer Dave Bartrum. They are best known for their British Touring Car Championship campaigns, which produced a first overall podium at the Snetterton meeting in 2008.
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
The team started out by contesting the 2004 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, finishing second in the teams championship despite their best-known driver Damien Faulkner only joining midseason. However, the 2005 season proved difficult with no wins and poor points performance.
2006 saw the team enter both the Pro class and the newly established Pro-Am class. The teams main charge came from the 1992 BTCC champion Tim Harvey, who managed to score 3 wins on his way to second place in that years championship. In the 2007 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, Steven Kane won more races than anyone else, finishing 3rd overall.
The team took a break form the Carrera Cup in 2008 to focus on their British Touring car Championship campaign but were back for the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain entering all three classes. Michael Caine was able to take 3 wins for the team during the year on his way to 4th in the championship.
2010 saw Michael Caine lead Motorbases charge for the title gaining 7 wins along the way. Howeve, he was beaten by 10 points to the title by ex-motorbase driver Tim Harvey. In 2011, Harvey will attempt to defend his title with Motorbase, partnering his rival Caine.
Porsche Carrera Cup GB Results
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain results Year Drivers Class Wins Poles Fast laps Points 2004 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 2005 Andy Britnell 0 0 0 58 11th Sam Edwards 0 0 0 22 12th Dave Pinkney 0 0 0 12 15th Phil Quaife 0 0 0 7 17th Dave Bartrum 0 0 0 0 NC 2006 Tim Harvey 3 2 1 289 2nd Michael Caine 0 0 1 183 6th Phil Quaife PA 0 0 0 173 7th Andy Britnell PA 0 0 0 10 23rd 2007 Steven Kane 7 2 9 322 3rd Sam Hancock 1 2 1 242 5th Andy Britnell PA 0 0 0 159 7th Gary Britnell PA 0 0 0 9 20th 2009 Michael Caine 3 0 4 261 4th Oliver Jackson PA1 0 0 0 163 7th Steven Parish PA2 0 0 0 10 26th Michael Corridan PA2 0 0 0 4 30th George Richardson PA2 0 0 0 4 32nd 2010 Michael Caine 7 8 10 360 2nd Oliver Jackson PA1 0 0 0 182 6th Charles Bateman 0 0 1 179 7th George Richardson PA2 0 0 0 28 14th Steve Parish PA2 0 0 0 16 20th Liam Griffin PA1 0 0 0 16 21st PA1 Pro-Am 1 Class / PA2 Pro-Am 2 Class
British Touring Car Championship
Honda Integra (2006)
For 2006 they entered the BTCC for the first time, running a BTC Touring spec Honda Integra Type R owned and raced by Dave Pinkney. He scored a podium at Knockhill, three further top-five finishes, and 13th place overall.
SEAT Toledo (2006-2007)
For 2007 the team purchased two ex-works, S2000 spec. SEAT Toledo cars, debuting one in the final round of the 2006 BTCC, driven by Tom Ferrier. For 2007 they entered Gareth Howell and rookie Matt Allison, showing pace but having regular accidents, skipping the Knockhill meeting after the carnage of Brands Hatch saw both cars written off. Howell left midseason, replaced by Ferrier, while Paul O'Neill joined Allison for the final round.
BMW 320si E90 (2008-2010)
For 2008 the BTCC cars were replaced by factory-spec BMW 320si E90, driven by Stephen Kane and Rob Collard. The team entered no other championships for the season. After a slow start to the season (not helped by several wet-dry races which did not suit the rear-wheel-drive BMWs), Collard scored 2 top-5 finishes at Croft in round 5. This was followed by a 2nd place finish for Kane at Snetterton.
2009 saw Kane replaced by young Scottish driver Jonathan Adam, who had previously won back to back titles in the SEAT Cupra Championship. Due to new sponsorship with Airwaves, the team began running under the Airwaves BMW banner. 2009 proved a successful season, with Collard winning 2 races and the team finishing 4th in the teams championship.
For 2010, Collard moved to West Surrey Racing, while Motorbase brought in Mat Jackson to replace him. Kane returned to the team, replacing Adam. Together, they were able to take 2 wins and 11 podiums, leading to 4th place in the teams championship for two consecutive seasons.
Ford Focus (2011- )
In 2011 the team will race as Airwaves Racing and are running a pair of Ford Focus ST's, which were previously run by Team Aon last season. Although the chassis is built to the S2000 specification, the team are planning to use the turbo charged NGTC Engine. Mat Jackson will stay with the team but will be joined by BTCC rookie Liam Griffin. At the Rockingham and Brands Hatch rounds, the team entered a third car for Porsche Carrera Cup frontrunner Michael Caine. However, he was replaced in the third car at Silverstone by two-time British Touring Car Champion, James Thompson.
British Touring Car Championship results Year Car Drivers Wins Poles Fast laps Points 2006 Honda Integra Type R Dave Pinkney 0 0 1 56 13th 6th SEAT Toledo Cupra Tom Ferrier 0 0 0 7 19th 2007 SEAT Toledo Cupra Matt Allison 0 0 0 29 12th 8th Gareth Howell 0 0 0 16 14th Tom Ferrier 0 0 0 2 22nd Paul O'Neill 0 0 0 0 32nd 2008 BMW 320si E90 Steven Kane 0 0 2 86 11th 6th Rob Collard 0 0 0 84 12th 2009 BMW 320si E90
Rob Collard 2 0 2 145 6th 4th Jonathan Adam 0 0 1 116 8th 2010 BMW 320si E90
Steven Kane 1 0 0 169 6th 4th Mat Jackson 1 0 0 155 7th Ben Collins 0 0 0 0 26th
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- ^ http://www.hotfroguk.co.uk/Companies/Motorbase-Performance
- Official Site
- BTCC Official Site
- Profile at touring-cars.net
- Profile at btcc-racing.com
- Porsche Carrera Cup GB Official Site.
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