For the 2016 season, the China Touring Car Championship saw various changes to the series format, including a new 2x 35km Race configuration, and mountune powered Changan Ford FRD Team also made some alterations to their championship campaign this year.
Completing in the Super Cup 2.0T class, progressing from the 1.6 category in 2015, the team signed British Driver Dan Wells who made history in 2016 as the first non-Chinese driver to race in the CTCC, competing in four of the eight meetings across the season, the maximum permitted for an international driver.
The Formula Racing Development owned manufacturers team saw great success this season with multiple pole positions, various individual podiums and several 1-2-3 finishes, and had done enough to take the 2016 Manufacturer's Title this weekend, before the final race in Shanghai Tianma circuit had even begun.
Our mountune designed and built turbocharged EcoBoost engine powered all four of the Ford Focus 2.0T hatchbacks, upgraded from the saloon model of 2015, and contributed to the strong package that produced this winning results, that is car, team and driver.
Congratulations to the Changan Ford Racing team from all of us at mountune!
Olsbergs MSE driver Kevin Eriksson took the Germany RX win this month in his mountune powered Ford Fiesta ST, claiming his first every victory in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Starting on the second row of the grid in the 2016 final, Eriksson stunned his competitors as he pulled off an epic sideways move from the outside and managed to take the lead, which he retained for the rest of the race.
“I am speechless,” explained Eriksson, who has become the seventh different winner in World RX this year. “I saw Petter lead off the start and planned to stay behind him but then I saw an opportunity to go on the outside and hoped for the best. Somehow it worked! I felt I had really good speed throughout the weekend and to beat these guys you need to be driving at your very best. This weekend, everything came together and we got the consistency I needed to take the win.”
The Ford-based Duratec 4-cylinder turbo engines, designed and built by mountune utilising an Olsbergs MSE head casting, are constantly undergoing vigorous programs of testing and development to further improve the engines performance output and reliability, and have powered the Olsbergs drivers to the podium on numerous occasions claiming four manufacturers and drivers' championship titles between 2011-2014.
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.
We’re used to turning engines round quickly at mountune Racing - motorsport’s notorious for tight deadlines after all, but hearing the plight of rally-ace Louise Cook, we knew we’d have our work cut out on this one!
The call went something along these lines; “I need your help, my engine’s misfiring and cutting out, we’ve checked it and it’s got 3.2mm of end float and I’m supposed to be on a ferry to WRC Finland on Wednesday!”
Alarmingly, 3.2mm of end float was about 3mm too much, suggesting there was going to be a bit of a mess waiting for us in the bottom end… oh, and this was Thursday, so we literally had a day to identify what had failed, what had caused it and, to give Louise something back she could still make the rally with… nothing like a deadline to focus the mind.
Louise is competing in an R2 Fiesta which uses a 1.6-litre Sigma Ti-VCT, fitted with the homologated upgrades from MSport, comprising largely of steel rods, forged pistons and wilder camshafts.
On arrival Thursday night, the sump was removed from Louise’s engine and as expected, the thrust washer had disintegrated with a section of the crankshaft effectively acting as a bearing – the result? A swarf-filled mess.
As luck would have it, we had a brand new standard Sigma engine sat in our stores so a plan was hatched overnight to retain the head from the original engine and rebuild the rest into the new bottom end.
Friday began in a bit of a blur as two of our highly-skilled engine builders stripped the original engine, cleaned all the carryover components through a multi-stage cleaning process and then with everything prepared, the rebuild could begin.
Putting engines together is second-nature, so the build itself went off without any major issues and by mid-afternoon we were in a position to call Louise with the good news, “Your new engine’s ready if you want to come and pick it up?”
After realising her dream to get to WRC Finland was still well and truly alive, we were promptly joined by a beaming Louise and Stefan (her co-driver), armed with a transit van and an obvious sense of urgency.
The guys spent the weekend getting the engine fitted back in the car together with a host of other new transmission parts (collected in person as far afield as Belgium), which left them with just a day to fire it back up and run it in before heading to Finland.
We’re pleased to say they made it after putting in numerous all-nighters and at the time of writing this, Louise and Stefan are about to return to professional rallying for the first time since winning her class in 2012!
Good luck from all of us at mountune.
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After an impressive qualifying session on Saturday where he secured pole position, Colin Turkington eased to victory in Race 1 at Oulton Park this weekend. Performing the perfect run from lights to flag, Turkington’s perfect drive saw mountune powered Team BMR take their first ever BTCC win in their manufacturer backed Subaru Levorg.
Race 2 brought another podium win for the double BTCC champion, this time in second place, with team mate Jason Plato taking an additional hat trick of podiums with his three 3rd place victories.
'We are very happy with the results from Oulton Park this weekend, recent progress has been made with the chassis and engine after a 2 day test at Pembrey. We would like to thank mountune who have put in a huge effort to produce a competitive engine in such a short space of time', said Team Manager Alan Cole.
The Japanese cars have been fitted with a new inlet manifolds designed and developed by mountune since the teams last meeting at Thruxton, and test sessions and improvements made have certainly paid off for the team after this weekend's round.
We look forward to seeing them back in action at Croft in 2 weeks time.
mountune powered Andy Yan won his first Super Cup 2.0T race at the Nanjing Wantrack Circuit this weekend, with his team-mates Martin Cao, Rainey He and Dan Wells taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions.
The first two laps of this race were led by the safety car due to the rainy conditions before the UK's Dan Wells, who started the race in pole position, was passed by his three Chinese team-mates with Rainey He having a brief clash with Martin Cao on lap eight and falling to fourth, but he recovered to third in the latter part of the race.
The four Focus ST's run 2-Litre EcoBoost engines, designed and developed by mountune for the Changan Ford FRD Teams' 2016 Chinese Touring Car Championship.
Tomorrow sees the first round of the 2016 Global Rallycross championship kick off at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona.
Our 2.4-litre Ford Duratec® based engine will again be used to power the complete grid of Supercar Lites in this years championship.
The naturally aspirated all-aluminium unit also provides an excellent lightweight option for rally, race, hill-climb, and sprint or kit car.
There will also be a number of mountune powered Supercars on the grid this year, including SH Rallycross' Ford Fiesta ST running a turbo charged, 4-cylinder 2.0 Duratec engine.
We look forward to seeing the cars and drivers in action in this years championship.
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.