Mat Jackson and Aron Smith will rejoin Motorbase Performance for its 2013 British Touring Car Championship campaign, driving the team's NGTC Ford Focus STs.
The coming year will see David Bartrum's squad enter its first full season as a constructor following the debut of its race-winning NGTC Focus midway through the 2012 season. The team is poised for its most ambitious title bid to date with the addition of a second in-house built Mountune-powered Focus.
“We're incredibly excited about this season,” Bartrum insisted, “It's great to be starting the season with two drivers that know the team so well; consistency is key at such an important time with our own car, and it means we can get straight to work.
“With Mat and Aron both back on board, I believe we have one of the strongest driver pairings on the grid. Mat has shown his BTCC pedigree over past few years and with the new NGTC up to speed, I fully expect him to be right up there battling for the 2013 title.
“It's also great to have Aron back in the Motorbase family; he had a great debut season last year, finishing on a high. With a new NGTC under him, I'm sure there's much more to come!
“The NGTC exceeded everyone's expectations last year and, with the work and developments we've made over the winter, I'm confident that we will be serious title contenders in 2013. Roll on Brands Hatch!”
The 2013 campaign marks Jackson's fourth season with the Motorbase squad and his seventh competing in the BTCC, where he has become one of its most successful and popular drivers.
“2012 was a season of two halves for us, with the latter part focussed on developing and testing the new NGTC with the view that 2013 would be a key year for the team and myself,” he commented, “The NGTC programme has been an exciting project to be involved with and what we achieved in 2012 was epic. In the space of 80 days, we took the car from the drawing board to race wins; and this has given us a great platform to start from.
“We also knew how much more the NGTC could give and the Motorbase boys have worked incredibly hard over the winter to improve the car further. We will have to wait for the weather to improve so I can further my knowledge of the car, but I believe that together with the passion within the team, we have a car that can challenge for the main title in 2013.”