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.
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Today marks the release of the first phase of mountune Mk3 Focus RS performance upgrades, all of which are available to purchase from both mountunestore and mountuneusa now!
This initial phase features a selection of easy first-off modifications to improve induction noise and performance, provide shorter gear-shifts, inhibit excessive engine movement and allow interior and exterior personalisation.
As with all mountune products, these parts have been extensively tested to ensure perfect fitment, function and reliability.
With early access to development mules, calibrations and strategies, the range of upgrades and performance parts soon to be available from mountune is extensive to say the least. We're sure you'll agree too, as you follow our phased product launches.
Where's the MP power upgrade?!
The new Focus RS MK3 is one of the most exciting and dynamically advanced Ford road cars, and wears the coveted RS badge with pride. Our engineering programme to reliably extract more power and torque, whilst ensuring proper interaction with all of the cars dynamic modes, suspension and launch control has necessitated an extended durability Sign-Off.
The kit has been finalised after tens of thousands of mileage accumulation, data collection and high-speed work at the Nürburgring. However, as our final Sign-Off is not yet complete, the kit contents, cost and power figures cannot be confirmed at this time – they may still be subject to change, even at this late stage.
What we can share with you is that the power and torque improvements are very noticeable, as is the reduction in 0-60mph time and other performance attributes.
The MP kit, including its contents and all of the surrounding information we know you’re eagerly awaiting, will be revealed in the final phase of our RS launch, at which point it will be immediately available to purchase and have installed.
In the meantime, we invite you to watch our Phase 1 video below and if you didn't sign up to our Racing Line newsletter and missed the exclusive first-look at our exciting new RS performance parts catalogue, worry not as you'll be able to see it for yourself soon. Keep an eye on our blog / social channels to make sure you don't miss it!
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.
You may remember a few months back we ran a competition for you, the enthusiasts, to design a new t-shirt to be added to our 2016 #mountunemerch apparel range. After receiving a tonne of entries, we narrowed it down to a few and Tiago Avevedo from Portugal was named the winner with his 'Fade Out' tee design, which is now available in both black & white versions via the online store.
From today, a vast selection of ROUSH products covering their entire 2015 Mustang range will be available via mountune UK. V8 power upgrade parts including their infamous supercharger upgrade, plus a large range of bodywork, chassis and ancillary items will be available to buy through our mountune dealer network, or direct via our online store.
"We’re delighted to be adding the range of ROUSH Performance parts for Mustang to our product portfolio as their official UK distributor. The Roush name is synonymous in the USA with both Mustang and the development of high-quality performance components, engineered to the same exacting standards that both we, and our customers expect." says John Mitchell, MD Revolve Technologies.
Tim R. Wheeler, VP of Global Sales for ROUSH Performance added “As Ford Mustangs continue to arrive in new markets around the world, we've seen increased consumer demand for ROUSH Performance products that enhance power, handling and appearance,” says Tim Wheeler, vice president of global sales. “Our partnership with mountune UK supports our growth plans to distribute highly engineered ROUSH products into European enthusiast markets.”
This agreement is a great achievement in expanding the mountune aftermarket product range into the Mustang market globally, and we look forward to working alongside ROUSH Performance.
This weekend marked the official opening of our new facility in the USA!
An industry and general open house event were both held to showcase what we can offer mountune fans and gear-heads alike in California, and beyond!
The 18,000 square foot premises located in Carson, California - near LA, houses multiple vehicle lifts for installation and service work, an engine dyno and build room, R&D offices plus our new super-cool showroom. We absolutely love the latter and the unanimous feedback from everyone who attended both events let us know that you did too!
Packed with our latest products, together with more than a nod to our impressive motorsport-packed heritage, it's not just somewhere to purchase parts, but a destination for like-minded car nuts.
For those that couldn't make it, check out the pictures and our video below or, if you're in California, why not drop by and check us out for yourself - details below.
A huge thank you to all that attended plus special thanks to Ford Performance, Fifteen52 and MotoIQ for their event support.
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Our in-house design team have been busy working on a range of new apparel for this summer season with new mountune Tee's, hoodies and snapbacks about to drop.
You may remember we ran a competition at the back end last year, which Tiego Azevedo from Portugal won after he sent us this cool 'blended’ design, which is available in both a black and white tee. We’ve also added the cool RS themed tee you see here offering a choice of wording to suit your style.
Made from 100% cotton, and displaying the usual mountune branding, these new tee's will be available to purchase online mid April, with the hoodies and hats following shortly afterwards
The 2016 BTCC season got underway this weekend at Brands Hatch as no less than eight mountune-powered cars contensted the 1.2-mile Indy circuit.
Motorbase Performance’s 2016 BTCC campaign started strong as the team secured four top eight finishes during the championship’s season opener this weekend at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.
Team drivers Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson both took several top-5 finishes during the 3 races on Sunday leaving the Wrotham-based team sitting in second place in both the overall team standings and independent team standings.
mountune-sponsored Jackson added; "We're making great progress with the car since adopting the new regulation suspension changes and of course, my mountune engine performed faultlessly throughout the weekend".
Jordan and Jackson currently sit in 3rd and 5th respectively in the independent drivers’ championship, with Jordan joint-4th overall.
Elsewhere, turning a wheel in anger for the very first time were the quartet of mountune-powered Subaru Levorg's.
With the paint barely dry on the brand new Subaru builds the opening round was always going to be more of a glorified test day than anything else, but against the odds as well as collecting valuable data, former-champion's Jason Plato and Colin Turkington both managed to secure the teams' first championship points.
“Everyone at Team BMR deserves a huge amount of credit for what they have achieved here. To build these four cars and get them here running in the tail end of the points is superhuman. I have said all weekend that we weren’t concerned about results because it has been all about building up our knowledge and developing the car." Plato enthused.
Donington Park hosts rounds 4, 5 and 6 on the 16th/17th April.
Photo Credit: MJP Media / Motorbase