Kieran Vernon Drove For Motorbase In 2011, But The Team Won't Return To The Porsche's In 2012 - Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography

Motorbase Performance will not be running any cars in the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB after the front-running Kent-based outfit announced a sabbatical from the series.

The team has competed in the series ever since they formed in 2004 and have regularly battled for the title, picking up 26 race wins to date and the 2010 Teams' Championship. In 2011, the team had a disruptive season, with veteran drivers Tim Harvey and Michael Caine leaving the series early on, replaced by youngster Kieran Vernon and briefly by Porsche Supercup star Nick Tandy, who picked up three wins in the final four races for the team.

Team Principal David Bartrum said: “I love the Carrera Cup, but we were looking for a new challenge for 2012. This isn’t an ending, it’s a sabbatical. Give us a year or two and we’ll be back. Carrera Cup has been a big part of our team and Porsche will always be part of our future.

“We’ve been really busy behind the scenes for the past few months and have a number of exciting plans in the pipeline for this year and that’s where our focus will be. We’re not quite in the position to make any announcements at this moment in time, but we’re close – all will be revealed very soon.”

The news came as Motorbase Performance unveiled their driver line up for the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, with Mat Jackson, Liam Griffin and Aron Smith competing in three NGTC-powered Ford Focus ST's.