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David Bartrum - Motorbase Performance: Q&A.

Motorbase Performance enjoyed a stunning season in 2008, with Steven Kane and Rob Collard ensuring the BMW team became a regular contender in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship.

During the off-season, Crash.net caught up with team boss David Bartrum to look back at '08 and look ahead to what 2009 may hold...


Crash.net:
It was a big year for Motorbase in 2008 and after a tough start, you must be pleased with how it panned out?

David Bartrum:
Very pleased indeed, and the second half of the season was exactly what we hoped it would be. We didn't get that elusive win, but I think we know where we are now to start 2009 and we know the car. The truck is stocked with the parts that we need and we have the database in place so I'm looking forward to the new season.

Crash.net:
Was it a gamble to pick up those two cars for 2008 as they arrived but then you had to find the drivers to bring the budget to run them. Was it a challenge to get it all in place for the start of the season?

David Bartrum:
The project for me started at the WTCC meeting at Brands Hatch at the end of 2007, which is when I first spoke to Charly Lam at Schnitzer about getting the cars. BMW then went through their vetting process as they won't just hand you a car; they want to know you will do a good job with it. We bought the first car home in December and the second one arrived in January and we were working on our sponsorship packages and it was all going rather well. It looked like being a good year and we'd be able to do a lot of testing but then things didn't go right with the sponsorship and we were on the back foot a bit.

Truthfully, the budget was cut and we had to go with what we had for the first half of the year and as I've said before, it was all about just learning the car. In the second half of the season, we got some idea of where we were going and you could tell that by the way the car was working with the team. I really enjoyed the second half of the year, which is something that it is nice to say about touring car racing.

Crash.net:
Does that make what was a good season, also quite a frustrating one with that lack of testing meaning that where you were at Snetterton for the second half of the year is where you could have been at the start of the year at Brands Hatch?

David Bartrum:
Obviously, the more testing miles you do, the better you are going to be. We didn't have that luxury so we just had to get on with the job and work harder with what we had. If we had had the testing in February and March and gone into the season with a good database of the circuits then we would have gone better and had a better season that we had. In that respect, we lost some ground but at least in the end, we weren't left disappointed and put ourselves in a good position for 2009.

Crash.net:
The second half of the year, only Vauxhall and SEAT scored more points…

David Bartrum:
That was nice. I think the two drivers worked very well together in the second half of the season and there were only a few little things that stopped us scoring more points that we did. There was the incident at Oulton Park where Steven was taken off by Tom Chilton and at Silverstone, we had some luck there that didn't go our way. But it wasn't the usual doom and gloom as the cars were still fast.

Crash.net:
How important was it to make the breakthrough to become regular podium contenders?

David Bartrum:


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