Motorbase BTCC Test For Clio Champion Bushell

2014 Renault UK Clio Cup champion Mike Bushell will get back behind the wheel of a BTCC racer later this month with front-running outfit Motorbase Performance.

Bushell secured the Clio title on the final weekend of the season at Brands Hatch last weekend, and will be rewarded with a test in one of the team’s Ford Focus’ at Snetterton on 29th October.

Joining Bushell on the Dunlop-provided test will be provisional Formula Ford champion Jayde Kruger, and Ginetta Junior champion Jack Mitchell, whose test comes as a reward from the Motorbase team who backed him this year.

Each driver is scheduled to complete around 20 laps in the car, with support on hand from BTCC ace Mat Jackson, who took two wins en-route to fourth in the standings this year in his Airwaves Racing Focus.

While Kruger and Mitchell will test a BTCC car for the first time, Bushell has experience of NGTC machinery having completed a one-off outing in the championship at Knockhill in 2013 in an IP Tech Race Engineering Chevrolet Cruze.

“I am incredibly excited to say the least,” said Bushell. “I’ve been itching to get back behind the wheel of a touring car since the races I did at Knockhill last year and having tested the Chevrolet at Snetterton, it’s going to be interesting to see how the two cars compare.

“Having had experience of a BTCC car before, it’s definitely going to help me make the most of this opportunity and hopefully I can get to grips quickly and provide some good feedback for the team.”

This is the second year Motorbase have run tests of this kind with Dunlop, 2013 Formula Ford top two Dan Cammish and Harrison Scott and Clio Cup champion Josh Files having received tests twelve months ago.