Last weekend proved to be a dramatic weekend for the British Touring Car Championship at Croft.
An unfortunate multi-car collision during qualifying for round 13 on Saturday left mountune powered Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO driver Luke Davenport hospitalised. Luke suffered significant injuries and is currently in intensive care in an induced coma with multiple chest injuries, lung damage, broken right leg, broken pelvis, broken right arm and concussion. The whole team at mountune would like to wish him a full and speedy recovery, and our thoughts are also with drivers Aron Taylor-Smith and Jeff Smith who were injured in the accident.
The weekend took a more positive turn once racing began on Sunday and presented a podium lock-out for mountune powered drivers in the finale. Mat Jackson looked right at home as he took his first podium finish of the season, crossing the line third in Race 1, which he later backed up with an emphatic drive, taking the chequered flag in Race 3, dedicated to new team member, Luke Davenport. Jackson described the win as “a great result” after fighting off efforts from Ollie Jackson at the start of the race and later a challenge from Sutton.
Jackson's win marked the 250th for Ford Machinery in the BTCC and together with two points scored from team-mate Martin Depper, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo reached the summit of the Independent Teams’ table.
Adrian Flux Subaru Racing saw a lights to flag victory for Ashley Sutton in Race 1, holding off 'King of Croft' Turkington to take the win at the North Yorkshire circuit in his mountune powered Subaru Levorg. Sutton went on to finish second in Race 2, and again in Race 3 ahead of team mate Plato, who took to the podium for the first time this season. Sutton said: “We’re having a fantastic weekend so far. We’ve bounced back from having a car that didn’t look in the best shape after qualifying yesterday to this – full credit to the team.”
Sutton is now sitting in 4th in the drivers standings, with Jackson and Plato in 9th and 15th respectively.
Besides Cars & Coffee, and launching our new showroom and waiting area (#mountunehub), the development team have been working hard this month to bring you more mountune performance parts, across a range of models.
The weather was LA perfect and enthusiasts had their car's spotless for the Tony Harmer photo studio. The event was action packed with RC cars, video games, food trucks, custom T Shirt studio, and just people generally hanging out. Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin JR were also out signing autographs and checking out the rides.
mountune USA were invited to display our RS and the crowd pleasing 250bhp 1968 mountune powered Escort. It was a great event promoting everything awesome about the ST line and we are looking forward to the next Ford Performance ST Meetup... hopefully sooner than later.
This weekends penultimate BTCC round at Silverstone Circuit saw mountune powered Motorbase Performance take three podium wins and edge even closer to that championship title.
Race 1's frantic action on the track was nothing compared to the post-race drama, which saw the two MG drivers get disqualified for a technical infringement, resulting in mountune powered Andrew Jordan, who had crossed the line in 4th, now being handed the second place finish.
Action packed Race 2 saw Jordan on form again as he took the lead in lap eight, after starting in p2, and crossed the line with less than a 1 second lead. “It was hard work,” said Jordan. “I think I’ve done myself a bit of an injury celebrating! We needed that". Jordan's Race 1 & 2 podium finishes sees the 2013 Champion keep his aspirations for a second British Touring Car Championship drivers’ title alive, currently sitting in 6th position with 3 races left this season.
Another thrilling final Race saw Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson start in p3 thanks to a reverse grid draw with a P2 finish in the #7 mountune powered Focus. This result also keeps Mat's championship title dreams alive, now sitting just 21 points behind the leader in the Drivers Standings.
The mountune powered Subaru's also made points this weekend with Turkington & Plato now sitting in 7th & 8th respectively. With just one event and three highly-anticipated BTCC races remaining this season, Brands Hatch is set to be the most exciting race this year, with just 37 points separating the top seven drivers and 67 still on offer at the season finale in 2 weeks time.
This weekends BTCC round at Snetterton didn't disappoint with non stop action and several podium wins for the mountune powered teams.
Race 1 of the day saw Turkington cross the line first after the Silverline Subaru BMR driver battled his way through in lap eight. The top step podium makes Turkington the first three-time race winner of 2016, following his Race 1 wins at Croft and Oulton Park earlier this season. Jackson, challenging his way from fifth on the grid, took a third place finish in Race 1 in the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, claiming a podium on the team’s 300th BTCC race.
Jackson made his mark securing victory in a thrilling Race 2, twice muscling past pole man turkington off the grid, after a red flag before the end of lap one meant a restart. The first place finish took Jackson to a total of two wins this season, with Turkington again taking a podium step in Race 2, this time in 2nd place.
We're looking forward to seeing the guys in action again in Rounds 19,20 & 21 at Knockhill on August 13/14th.
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Test your driving ability by taking your mountune'd Ford out on the legendary Silverstone Circuit in front of thousands of spectators in our exclusive customer track session at the mountune-sponsored FordFair (Sunday 7th August).
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Whether this is your first time or you’re a regular track driver, get the experience of your life following in the footsteps of the British Touring Car drivers as you navigate the same corners as the pros.
This session is open to ALL mountune core kit customers - to confirm, if you drive a Fiesta or Focus with a mountune performance or racing kit fitted, we'd love you to join us!
As a mountune customer you also benefit with the normal session cost being subsidised by us to just £25!
Places are limited for this exclusive mountune customer track session, so book now to avoid disappointment!
Our exclusive session starts at 14.00 with a compulsory briefing at 13:00.
Please note: FordFair general admission ticket will be required.