BTCC race-winning team Motorbase will take a sabbatical for the first half of the 2015 season after loosing title sponsor Airwaves at the end of last year. The deal which paid for double BTCC champion Fabrizio Giovanardi to race its number one car last year, has struggled to find another title sponsor for 2015.
“It is with regret that I have to announce that Motorbase will not be competing in the BTCC for the first half of this season,” said team principle David Bartrum. “I and the rest of the team are obviously very disappointed.”
“We have been in lengthy talks with two potential title sponsors since November and all seemed like it was going to plan, however things have conspired against us in recent weeks and due to a change in circumstance with those parties we find ourselves in the position we’re in,” he added. “In the meantime, we’ll press on and strive to be back on the grid for the second half of the season.”
The team currently have both Matt Jackson and 2009 British Formula Ford Champion James Cole signed for them, who raced for United Autosports in the championship last year.
“This does not mean the end for Motorbase in the BTCC,” said Bertrum. “Both Mat and James are still on board and we remain committed to the BTCC. We will continue our search for new partners and our aim is to be back on the grid at Snetterton. We will of course work with Alan Gow and TOCA to find the best way forward to be back competing for the second half of the season with a two-car team.”