Motorbase Performance is continuing its development of the new Ford EcoBoost engine with a view to returning to British Touring Car Championship action later this season, even if talks are ongoing with potential backers.

One of the series' most successful outfits of recent years, despite sourcing a new engine for its Ford Focus and signing James Cole alongside Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance were forced into a sabbatical after failing to replace title sponsor Airwaves over the winter.

Despite this, development of the new two-litre engine remains ongoing, with Jackson and Cole putting the car through its paces at Brands Hatch.

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As it stands, Motorbase is still aiming to get back on the BTCC grid for the Snetterton round in August, but team manager David Bartrum admits talking with backers aren't finalised as yet.

"We had a great test with both BTCC cars in the full 2015 specification," he said. "Mat and James worked through some set up work and engine work that we had planned which went extremely well. We also covered both qualifying and race run simulations with both cars and were very satisfied with the results.

"Mat and James work very well together, they have a very similar driving style which makes things easier from an engineering perspective as they both run similar set ups and benefit from each other's progression.

"Mat was pleased with the developments since our last test earlier in the year, and though James is less familiar with the Motorbase Focus, he was delighted with the car's performance and pace."

"We're still working on finding a financial solution so we can be out at Snetterton in August. We're not there yet but Friday hopefully showed some interested parties that we're ready and raring to go. We remain hopeful that we'll be back on the grid come the second half."