Motorbase in Ford switch

Airwaves Racing to run at least two Ford Focus STs for the 2011 BTCC season
The Motorbase Performance-run Airwaves BMW team will be rebranded as Airwaves Racing for the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season after the team revealed it will switch cars for the new campaign.

The team has purchasesd three Ford Focus STs for Arena Motorsport and plans to run at least two of the cars during the 2011 season.

The cars will be fitted with an NGTC-spec engine developed by Mountune, who are also preparing the engines for use by Arena after they elected to drop the LPG units used this year.

"The 320si is still a race winning car and we've been very proud of our association with BMW,” Motorbase boss David Bartrum said. “I've thoroughly enjoyed the last three years but feel this is an ideal time to move on. This gives us the chance to progress as a team and be involved in the future on-going development of the Focus."

No drivers have yet been named by the team for 2011, with Steven Kane, Mat Jackson and Ben Collins having all driven during 2010.

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hawth - Unregistered

December 09, 2010 12:49 PM

i think this is a positive move, as an owner of a 3 series bmw and a focus st i'm split between the brands but from a BTCC view point it makes sense, BMW have not been investing in the series enough and ford have made big steps forward, both companies have been restricted on the grid (BM's had a longer first gear, smaller turbo restrictor for the ford)but the lpg cars last year really got in the mix (and prompted the usual Mr Plato moan tirade, he he). Also this should give messers Chilton and Onslow-Cole a bit more of a challenge as they looked too good last year

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