Jackson and Osborne named for Motorbase Performance
Motorbase Performance has confirmed its two-cardriver line-up for the 2022 BTCC, with Sam Osborne and Ollie Jackson remaining with the Wrotham-based squad as the pair become team-mates for the upcoming campaign.
Worksop-based Osborne heads into his fourth year in the series and second with the team, having achieved a best overall race result so far of seventh in 2020, while during the latest campaign – his first driving a Ford Focus ST – a brace of top 12 finishes were his highest finishes.
Prior to his graduation into the BTCC back in 2019, Osborne spent two seasons in the Renault UK Clio Cup – finishing in the championship top 12 on both occasions – and prior to that he raced in the MINI Challenge.
For race winner Jackson, the 2022 campaign marks his fourth with the 2016 Independent Teams’ titleholders as well as his 11th year of BTCC action. The 37-year-old’s best season to date was in 2020, ending the year 12th in the overall standings and racing to a maiden victory.
Starting out his motor racing career in the Caterham Academy in 2005, Jackson became a multiple race winner over the following seasons before graduating into Porsche Carrera Cup GB in 2009. Winning the Pro-Am1 crown in 2010, he then moved into British GT the following year before making his BTCC debut during the penultimate event of the 2011 season.
For the 2022 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, Motorbase Performance will again field its Ford Focus ST race cars which nowfeature hybrid-powered Mountune-developed engines. Once more, Motorbase will also be entered in the Manufacturers’/Constructors’ battle representing Ford.
Sam Osborne said: “I’m really looking forward to my second year in the Ford Focus ST with Motorbase Performance, and also teaming up with Ollie [Jackson], it’s going to be fantastic having the continuity with everyone at the team. I feel I learnt so much last season, I reallydeveloped as a driver, and I’m ready now to take the next step and take things onto a new level. I really can’t wait for the season to start, these are exciting times at Motorbase!”
Ollie Jackson added: “I’m really pleased to be returning for my fourth consecutive BTCC season with Motorbase, especially in a year that is going to bring us some fresh challenges to dig our teeth into and a new dynamic to the racing. The team is fully focused on the hybrid installation at the moment and until we get back to racing I’m doing my best tosupport them on behalf of Mountune with my experience in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle development."