Motorbase Performance is ready to roar back into the British Touring Car Championship for the second half of the 2015 season having sat out the opening five rounds.

The Wrotham-based team is set to return to the BTCC at Snetterton on the 8-9 August with the much-anticipated 2 litre mountune-powered EcoBoost engine driving the team's two Ford Focus ST machines driven by Mat Jackson and James Cole.

Team principal David Bartrum is raring to go after an extended winter break and is intrigued to see where the new package will slot them into the BTCC grid.

"We're all really looking forward to coming back to the championship at Snetterton," Bartrum said. "The development work with the new mountune engine has gone really well and to see where we are compared to the rest of the grid.

"Obviously we can't win the championship in the second half of the season, but we can go out there to win races and podiums and we're up for the challenge."

Despite missing the first part of 2015 the Motorbase squad feels it has the potential to be competitive almost instantly after extensive testing.

Drivers Mat Jackson and James Cole will get their first on-track look at the competition this Thursday (16 July) at the official Dunlop tyre test at Snetterton.

Next month the team will also have to get up to speed with the new regulations including the success ballast and new qualifying format for race two.

Bartrum feels although it may appear as an initial disadvantage to be lacking experience he hopes watching on from afar has refreshed and galvanised his team.

"It will be more of a test than it's ever been before," Bartrum said. "We're going all out for results, but having watched the first half of the season it's very clear that touring cars and the teams have moved on in many different ways. We've just got to hope that what we've been doing away from the track is enough to keep up with them. That is going to be the major battle that we have to face.

"It's good to be able to take a step back and watch from outside of the glass bowl, instead of being in it!. Motorbase's return will be very interesting for everyone I think."

Mat Jackson, BTCC championship runner-up in 2008, says he is delighted with the progress made during testing and is ready to take on the different manufacturer machines at the tyre test.

"Everyone in the team has worked really hard behind the scenes to make this happen, and with new mountune engine and the chassis improvements I feel sure we have a very competitive package on our hands," Jackson said. "We're not here to make up the numbers, we'll definitely up for the challenge and we'll be going all out for race wins come Snetterton."

"Even with the small amount of time that I've had in the Focus, everything is already there for me," Jackson's team-mate Cole added. "There's good data and it's great to be in the team with Mat who knows the car inside out. I've just got to grab what's already there and put it into practice."



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