Motorbase Performance and Mat Jackson will set their sights on securing an elusive first title after eight seasons of trying having agreed to an extended deal together once again.
Almost ten years after he made his BTCC main category debut with Motorbase Performance – including a seven year consecutive stint with the team now - Jackson has enjoyed plenty of success with Dave Bartrum's team and potentially stood to challenge for the title in 2015 had he not been forced to miss the first half of the season due to the team's financial problems.
However, with no such worries heading into 2016 and a quick new team-mate in former champion Andrew Jordan. Jackson is setting his sights on a long awaited maiden title victory in 2016 with driving the Ford Focus ST.
“It is great to be returning with Motorbase for 2016 and to be able to carry on from last year's performance and mount our assault on the championship," Jackson said. "I have to say huge thanks to DUO and to Motorbase for their continued loyalty and it's fantastic to be able to bring DUO in for a full season this year.
“We've got an extensive testing programme planned which starts today, and with the new regulations it will be more important than ever before to get a head start as the season kick off at Brands in April.”
After the team suffered a difficult 2015 campaign when it missed the first half of the season due to difficulties sourcing funds, Motorbase still head into 2016 as a title favourite having turned in four races from the final six events it participated in.
“We're obviously delighted to have Mat back on board for his seventh year with us,” Bartrum added. “Hopefully the number 7 will prove to be our lucky number this year with Mat racing back under his number 7 and Andrew as 77!
“We've known Mat for a long time and enjoyed one of our best periods together at the end of last season so the aim now is to carry that momentum on into this year and to focus on challenging at the front as soon as the first flag drops.
“There's work to be done, particularly around the new suspension, but I can honestly say that if I was asked to pair two drivers together then Mat and Andrew would be my first choice all day long. They both tested with us at the end of last year and worked well together; there's a great dynamic between them so I'm looking forward to seeing how they will bounce off of each other's experience as time goes on.
“They may be in different coloured cars but they are very much team-mates and equal parts of the Motorbase stable. We have a great team behind them, so now is our time to shine.”