Motorbase taking a step back from GT racing

Monday, December 05, 2016

It was with great sadness to read today that Motorbase Performance have elected to take a step back from any GT programme in 2017 in favour of their more coveted and successful BTCC endeavours.

Although disappointing, todays news comes as no real surprise with the team having endured difficult season's in both the Blancpain GT Series with the Oman Racing squad of Ahmad Al Harthy, Jonny Adam and Devon Modell and the British GT Championships Ross Wylie and Phil Dryburgh this year.

We can be assured that the David Bartrum team will have made this decision on a strict business criteria rather than any emotional impulse and with the team having spent nearly twice as long in BTCC than in GT it may have been an easy choice.

“We’ve enjoyed five fantastic years racing in the GT world – taking both the overall Driver and Team Championship crowns in the British GT Championship and podiums in the Blancpain Endurance Cup and Gulf 12 Hours;” explained Bartrum. “We’ve raced with and against some great people in that time and it’s by no means the end of sports car racing for Motorbase, but I feel that it’s the right time for us to regroup and to put all of our efforts into building on last season’s BTCC success.

This news and the teams early withdrawal from next weekends Gulf 12Hr event, despite finishing last years event in third place, may simply be done to the team loosing out on Omani sponsorship money as Ahmad Al Harthy looks to continue his motor racing elsewhere and in other platforms? It may also mean that Aston Martin Racing have no racing presence in the prestigious Blancpain series in 2017!

Details of one chassis sale can still be found HERE

They will be missed and we hope that they return to GT racing soon.

Photo credits - Jacob Ebrey / Peter May

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