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Neate and Osborne to form two car line-up at Motorbase

Andy Neate and Sam Osborne will race for Motorbase in this season's British Touring Car Championship, behind the wheel of the squad’s pair of Ford Focus STs.

Both determined to make their mark on the series in 2021, Neate remains with Motorbase as he looks to consolidate the relationship and work of last year, while Osborne joins the team following an improved sophomore campaign.

After a prolonged absence, Neate returned to the series full-time with the Kent-based outfit in 2020 and worked hard to get to grips with the fierce competition across the grid in the UK’s highest-profile racing championship. The new season will mark the 46-year-old’s first time lining up in the same car over consecutive campaigns – something the MeltonMowbray-based driver feels is an important factor.

“I’m more determined than ever this year,” professed Neate.

“For anyone, making it to the grid in the BTCC is a fantastic achievement. For me, returning to the grid with Motorbase Performance for a second consecutive season – something I have never done before – is really exciting.

“Last year for me was not my best year, but after such a long time out and coming back into such a competitive season, it really took me by surprise in terms of how much higher the standard is.

"But now with that year under my belt, I am chomping at the bit to get going and show my true performance out on-track. The team and I have a great programme lined up and I really am working harder than ever to showcase the results I know I can deliver.”

Building upon his debut campaign, 2020 marked strong progression for Osborne, as hescored his first top ten finish and claimed fourth place in the Jack Sears Trophy standings.

For his third season in the championship, the 27-year-old is keen to continue hisdevelopment.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Motorbase Performance this year,” said Osborne. “With thisteam, I can continue my progression in 2021.

"Last year I began to really settle into the series, so my aim for this season is to keep pushing myself as hard as I can and fight for the Jack Sears Trophy.

“Everyone knows how fiercely competitive the BTCC is and that it takes time to adjust. Forme, that is a process I have now been through and it’s up to me to show what I am reallyabout this year.

"With the car we’ve got and the team around me, I think I’ve got every chance and I can’t wait to get started.”

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