Airwaves Racing have set their sight on mounting a serious title challenge as the BTCC circus rocks up at Brands Hatch for the opening round of the 2014 campaign.

The Motorbase-run squad made the headlines over the winter after partnering former-double BTCC champion Fabrizio Giovanardi with the already well established Mat Jackson, firmly signalling their statement of intent.

Jack Clarke has also been welcomed into the Motorbase family but races under the Crabbies Racing banner.

"We've got a fantastic driver line-up in our three cars this season," said Motorbase team manager Olly Collins.

"Fabrizio's previous result's speak for themselves and he's clearly a fantastic addition to the team this year, he's shown that already.

"Mat has been with us a long time and we know what each other is capable of and Jack has been really impressive in testing so we're looking forward to a great start to the season."

Giovanardi and Jackson will also have a reworked 2014-spec Ford Focus ST at their disposal, which Motorbase say boasts a completely new aero package.

BTCC legend Giovanardi, making a comeback following a four-year hiatus, admitted it hasn't been a trouble free pre-season but believes he can challenge for a third title.

"At the start I was finding it difficult as it's a complete different set of rules compared to Super 2000 when I left in 2009," said Giovanardi.

"Then, to be honest, I have to learn how to understand the car and work out how does it meet my needs to the team, so we started off with difficulty but I believe we're ready for Brands Hatch now.

"Motorbase is a good team; I know them from 2009 when I was fighting for the championship with Mat in the BMW. I believe that the team in the last three years have made some good results and they need to make the last jump, the last step to be in the fight for the championship.

"That's why we've joined together to try and make the best to achieve the target."



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