Motorbase Performance focused on extending Independent Teams’ advantage

Motorbase Performance head to Silverstone for rounds 25, 26 and 27 this weekend focused on maintaining their advantage at the summit of the Independent Teams’ championship.

The Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO outfit returned to the top of the standings at Rockingham and will arrive at the Northamptonshire track holding a nine-point lead over Speedworks Motorsport.

In the past Silverstone has proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Ford Focus squad with notable wins being scored in 2015 and 2016.

Mat Jackson leads the team’s charge after notching his third podium of the season little over two weeks ago and the 36-year-old is eyeing more silverware as he bids to also remain in contention for the Independent Drivers’ crown.

“Silverstone has always been a happy hunting ground for us,” said Jackson. “The layout suits the Ford and it’s a place that I really enjoy racing on.

“We have a had a challenging season so far and with Silverstone being the penultimate race meeting, I am hoping that we can go out with a bang!”

Rory Butcher continues his BTCC education at the weekend too and the top rookie from Knockhill is targeting the sharp end of the grid as he aims to play his role in helping the team extend their advantage in the Independent standings.

The Scotsman explained: “I’m approaching Silverstone with more learning after my experiences at Rockingham. Every time I take to the grid I pick up something new, so I’m ready to keep building on our results at Silverstone.

“Rockingham was extremely close in qualifying so I’ve got to extract as much out of the car as possible and drive the socks of our yellow Focus! If we do our jobs right then we will be at the sharp end!”

For Martin Depper, bad luck has blighted his chances of top results on a number of occasions this year. Kene to build on the strong pace he found in race three at Rockingham, the 49-year-old has his sights set on getting back amongst the points at a circuit he enjoys.

“I’m approaching Silverstone in a positive mind-set,” he said. I used the last race at Rockingham as a test session due to a puncture after contact and found some great pace, so hopefully we can carry that into this weekend.

“My plan for the weekend is to nail qualifying. I really need to break the back of Saturdays and find our pace early. Race day…well that’s always my specialty. I’ve been strong at Silverstone in the past, so I’m going to make it count after my bad luck at Rockingham!”

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