Motorbase Performance wasted no time on reasserting its status as a front-runner in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship by topping the timesheets in its first test of the 2015 season at Snetterton.

The multiple race-winning team was forced to sit out the first-half of the year after a funding shortfall, but recently confirmed it will partake in the latter half of the year with its drivers Mat Jackson and James Cole.

In preparation, the pair were present at the mid-season Dunlop tyre test at the Norfolk circuit, with Jackson taking the Ford Focus ST - complete with its new mountune-developed engine - to the head of the timesheets.

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"It felt brilliant to be back behind the wheel and back amongst our competitors. It's obviously fantastic to end the day top of the time sheets and that's always the aim, but the most important thing is to come back next month knowing that we have a great race car.

"All thanks to Motorbase and mountune and everyone else involved we're able to do that. I can't wait to get going again now; it's been a long time coming!"