mountune powered Motorbase Performance celebrated a fantastic double win and podium during this weekends rounds on the UK’s fastest racing circuit, Thruxton.
There were early signs of a strong weekend during Saturday morning’s free practice sessions with both Motorbase Focus STs showing excellent pace at the top of the timing sheets. Qualifying sadly didn’t produce the same results and both Jordan and Jackson were left somewhat deflated ending the session in P8 and P14 respectively.
However, AJ immediately showed his intent as Sunday’s first race got underway, charging off the line in his mountune powered Focus ST to take MG pair Sutton and Cook as they entered the first corner. A frantic race ensued as the laps unfolded with Jordan’s Pirtek-backed Focus managing to avoid the chaos as the lead pack battled - trading positions and paintwork along the way. Having managed to work his way up into the top 10 in spite of carrying 39kg of ballast, Jackson’s charge was regrettably cut short with a spectacular puncture as the #7 Focus headed into Club on lap 10. Despite a perfectly executed pit-stop by the Motorbase crew, DUO-backed Jackson had to re-join at the back of the pack and could only muster a P21 finish. Jordan meanwhile managed to avoid a huge race-ending melee involving the lead pack on lap 11, taking full advantage of the opportunity to move the #77 Focus up into 3rd to claim his maiden podium for the Motorbase-run squad.
With race officials and Dunlop announcing new race distances shortened to 12 laps for the remaining two races, Jordan made his first move for the lead from lights out. Moving past Ingram’s Toyota to take 2nd Jordan then set his sights on race leader Morgan whilst fending off challenges from Collards’ lighter BMW. With 57kgs of ballast on-board, Jordan played the long-game keeping the pressure on Morgan whilst preserving his tyres before making his move on the Mercedes on lap 11 to take the race lead securing his first race win since joining the Motorbase squad and his first race win since 2014. An outstanding performance from Jackson saw the #7 Focus make up an incredible 12 places on the grid, earning the 35-year-old an impressive 8th place finish and further points for the Motorbase championship campaign.
The reverse grid draw for the final race of the day resulted in a front row start for Jackson in P2 with team-mate Jordan dropping into P9 with 75kg on-board. Jackson stormed off the line and straight past Welch to steal the race lead with the #7 Focus controlling the race to the chequered flag; collecting a 2nd race win of the weekend for the Motorbase squad and Jackson’s 2nd of the season. Unfortunately a reverse of fortunes for Jordan in the final race ended on a low point with the #77 Focus picking up a rear puncture on lap 7 eventually crossing the line in P21.
Motorbase Performance leaves Thruxton in a strengthened Championship position having extended its lead in the Independents Teams Standings and closed the gap on the Overall Teams Standings, while Jordan has moved into 2nd in the Independent Drivers Championship with Jackson close behind in 3rd and 4th in the Overall Drivers’ Standings. The mountune team look forward to the BTCC returning in four weeks’ time for rounds 10, 11 & 12 at Oulton Park on June 4/5.
mountune-powered Motorbase Performance celebrated a return to the rostrum at Donington Park this weekend securing its maiden race win of the season and a second placed podium during the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting of 2016... Starting behind the manufacturer-backed MG’s for race 1, Jackson stormed off the line to steal the lead in the #7 Focus. Under relentless pressure from a charging Cook, Jackson delivered a defensive masterclass holding off the competition to claim Motorbase’s first outright win of the season along with fastest lap honours.
With maximum 75kg ballast on-board, Jackson had a tough task ahead of him holding off the lighter following pack and an opening lap safety car did little to help the DUO-backed driver. Another faultless drive from Jackson saw him maintain the lead until Collard’s charging BMW pushed through to take the lead in the closing laps with the #7 Focus crossing the line in 2nd, securing the Independent race win.
"The weekend started really well for us. The car felt really strong in free practice and then we carried that through into qualifying where, despite our little mishap, we still managed to grab P3 which was a great result. We got a great jump on the MG’s in race 1 and managed to control the race all the way through. It’s always a good feeling to get that first win of the season under your belt and it’s encouraging that the car performed really well in race 2 again even with full ballast on-board" mountune-sponsored Jackson says.
Mk3 Focus ST Wagon owners can now upgrade to our infamous MR300 upgrade, providing 300PS and 470Nm of torque - the highest power and torque output available whilst retaining the standard turbocharger.
In addition, a Cat Back Exhaust upgrade is now also available that drops back-pressure, liberates some additional noise but crucially, will not affect your base vehicle warranty!
Our mountune Cat Back Exhaust and MR300 power upgrade kit are both available now through our official Ford Dealer and re-seller network, or directly via our online store.
We caught up with Motorbase Performance and Pirtek Racing's BTCC title contenders Mat Jackson and former champ, Andrew Jordan ahead of the opening round of the season to talk about the year ahead and being powered by mountune. Watch the video to hear what they had to say.
Help us celebrate our new facility in the USA at our Grand Opening on Saturday, April 9th. There will be a selection of mountune products on display, along with special offers on most items, and the notorious fifteen52 TrackSTer will be present along with the new Focus RS thanks to Ford Performance. There will be plenty of parking so bring your car and hang out, enjoy some food and get some great deals for your car... There might even be a few very special guests!
mountune LLC, 1000 E. Carson Street, Carson, CA 90745.
For those of you in the US that can't make it, you can take advantage of the Grand Opening special offers now through April 15th by using coupon code: gomountune on the online store, www.mountuneusa.com... Save 10%-18% on most products at checkout.
Great news for owners of facelift Focus ST that want to take their ST's performance to the next level.
The mountune Racing MR300 upgrade offers Focus ST facelift (2015>) owners the chance to upgrade to a genuine 300PS and 470Nm experience - the highest power and torque output reliably achievable using the OE turbocharger.
The kit is based on the market-leading MP275 upgrade which consists of:
• Large-capacity alloy intercooler (powder-coat finish in satin black - with optional logo) • Low-loss cast crossover duct with silicone hose (painted satin black with detailed fins and logo) • High-flow dual-entry air filter
In addition to this, the MR300 upgrade also adds:
• High-flow 3" down pipe with 200-cell sports catalyst
• High-flow 2.5" bore cat-back exhaust
• High-flow charge pipe upgrade kit
• High-flow silicone induction hose
• mTune handset loaded with MR300 calibration.
Once upgraded, power increases to 300PS whilst torque is raised to 470Nm.
The MR300 upgrade kit is available in three versions:
• Complete upgrade from standard
• An MP275 > MR300 upgrade for owners that already have an MP275
• Handset only, for owners who already have all the correct hardware, but just need
Available to buy from mountune PRO Ford dealers ad re-sellers globally, or buy online from our UK store, or USA store.
mountune helps turn up excitement for Fiesta and Focus ST owners in Australia
Ford Australia has this week confirmed the forthcoming availability of the much-heralded power upgrade kits, for both new Fiesta and Focus ST, from mountune Performance.
In addition to mountune’s own European sign-off process, Ford’s Australian engineers have also tested these mountune Performance products at the Lara proving ground, ensuring compliance with local market requirements.
“We’ve been working closely with the various teams within Ford to bring our approved kits to Australian ST owners for some time and this announcement is the culmination of a lot of hard work, from both sides”, says David Moore, General Manager, mountune Performance.
With the mountune kits installed, Fiesta ST power increases to 158kW at 6000rpm and torque is raised to 320Nm at 3000rpm, while Ford Focus ST power increases from 184kW/345Nm to 202kW at 5500rpm and torque is raised to 400Nm at 2750rpm.
Sold under Ford’s new FLA (Licensed Accessories Program), it means both kits are backed by a comprehensive Ford Express New Vehicle Warranty of 3 years/100,000kms when fitted at point of new vehicle sale. Kits fitted after vehicle delivery will benefit from the remainder of the warranty period, or 12-months / 20,000kms – whichever is longer.
“Our Australian R&D and product investments are paying off as we transform Ford in Australia and customers respond to our new vehicles,” says Graeme Whickman, President and CEO, Ford of Australia. “We think our new mountune Performance packs will bring even more excitement as we expand our performance vehicle lineup as part of plans to launch 20 new vehicles by 2020.” Kits will be available from Ford dealers in Australia by mid-year, priced at $2328 for the Fiesta ST MP215 and $4135 for the Focus ST MP275 upgrade, respectively. Prospective customers should contact their local Ford dealer for more information, or to place their order.
So you're either contemplating our new Focus Roll-Restrictor (RMM), or you may already have one, but you're unsure of how to install it? We've got you covered with our video installation guide.
We've shown how to install it on a Mk2 Focus ST in this video, but installation is almost identical across the models it's available for.
Want to get yours ordered? Head over to mountunestore.com or mountuneusa.com
Everyone loves to save a bit of cash and between Monday 15th Feb and Thursday 31st March 2016, that's exactly what you can do if you live in the UK (sorry, if you don't).
With our latest cashback offer you can save hundreds on some of our most popular mountune Performance kits and parts (that will not affect your base vehicle warranty), when purchased at a mountune Ford dealer, or our UK HQ.
If you're unsure of your closest mountune Ford dealer, you can use our dealer locator.
Qualifying promotional products and cashback values:
• Focus ST (pre- or post-facelift) MP275 = £100 (RRP £1095 after cashback)
• Focus ST cat-back exhaust = £50 (RRP £549 after cashback)
• Fiesta ST MP215 = £50 (RRP £549 after cashback)
• Fiesta ST cat-back exhaust = £25 (RRP £424 after cashback)
• Fiesta 1.0 MP135 = £50 (RRP £325 after cashback)
All you have to do is have one (or more) of the kits or exhausts above fitted, download and return a claim form together with proof of purchase, and you'll receive a cheque from us to the value listed above - simple!
You can download the claim form here, and as always, there are t's and c's, which can be found here.