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Motorbase Performance Hopes For Title Haul At Brands Hatch

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Motorbase Performance head to Brands Hatch with the prospect of winning six titles in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car and Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championships.

The Motorbase Performance team arrive at their home race after a dream weekend at Donington Park that saw the team collect five of six possible poles and five out of a possible six race wins, as well as the 'Team of the Weekend' award in the Porsche Carrera Cup.

Going into this season's finale, Motorbase lie second in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB drivers' championship with Michael Caine, who is just 19 points shy of series leader Tim Harvey. Caine comes into the final weekend on fine form after back-to-back wins and a 'Driver of the Weekend' award last time out at Donington Park.

In the same campaign, Motorbase Performance also looks to capture the Pro-am title with Ollie Jackson, who currently leads the category by an impressive 38 points from closest rival Jonas Gelzinis.

Jackson's 18-year old team mate and Pro-am2 driver George Richardson is also looking to take a title away with him, and has impressed in his first full season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as he starts the weekend 18 points adrift from category leader George Brewster

Motorbase Performance also leads the Teams Championship by the small margin of four points from Red Line Racing.

The Motorbase Performance run Airwaves BMW is also in contention for two possible titles in the British Touring Car Championship.

Steven Kane currently sits in seconds place in the Independent Drivers Championship a full 18 points behind leader, Tom Onslow-Cole in his A-on Ford. Kane comes into the final rounds on a high after an impressive haul if 30 points last time out at Donington Park and the Irishman is still in a confident mood.

“We can win at Brands Hatch and that's what I'll be going there to do.” He said.

“Over the last few weeks I've been really pleased with my pace so at a track like Brands where we are not relying so heavily on engine power I think we'll have a real shot.

It's clear the BMW can do the business; I just need to concentrate on winning rather than points and let the rest fall into play. If Tom has a little bad luck and I get three good races the Independent title is well within my reach.

Mat Jackson currently sits fourth in the Independent Drivers Championship, 17 points off his team mate Kane, however the Warwickshire driver only has a very slim chance of catching his team mate and is looking to play more of a team game.

“I have a great history at Brands having won there this year on the GP circuit and grabbing two second place podiums in 2008 on the Indy. We've proven the BMW can win here so we'll just have to see what happens with the other teams and their turbos!

I have no doubt the Focus and Chevys will be quick so we'll have to make up the pace through the corners and by conserving our tyres, but I've done it before and I don't see why I can't do it again. We've had a solid season and a win or two and the Independent title would cap it off nicely

Along with Jackson, new recruit Ben Collins will be hoping to help the team secure the Independent teams championship, which would be the first in the teams' history, however Collins has his eyes very firmly on the top step of the podium as he relishes his BTCC debut.

“I can't wait, it's my first race in the BTCC and I want to thank all the sponsors for getting me here.

The car felt very responsive at Snetterton during testing and I feel I've made the necessary changes to suit my driving style over a race distance. I put in a set of consistent, quick times so I shall go out on the weekend to do that again. I need to be competitive and aim to win, I'm not here to make up the numbers.”

Airways BMW Team Principle David Bartrum praised the efforts of his team and his drivers as they look to reap the rewards after a long season.

“I can't wait! The whole of the Motorbase team has been amazing, both drivers and crew and they fully deserve the titles to back up all the hard work which has been put in this year.

“I always like going to Brands Hatch, partly because it's our 'home' circuit but also because we've had some great results there. We're now running nine cars at the final race weekend of the TOCA season, which I think is probably a team record. I think I might be a little nervous come Sunday afternoon though!”  He said.

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