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Motorbase completes line-up with Martin Depper and Luke Davenport

Motorbase Performance has completed it’s driver line-up for next year’s British Touring Car Championship after confirming deals for both Martin Depper and GT racer Luke Davenport.

Depper makes the switch after three consecutive seasons with Eurotech Racing, whilst Davenport switches from the British GT Championship after competing in Ginetta’s factory-run G55 GT3 last season.

All three Motorbase cars will carry the striking yellow and red Shredded Wheat livery this season after securing a headline sponsorship with the cereal heavyweight prior to the New Year.

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Both Depper and Davenport will join long-term Motorbase driver Mat Jackson as the team seeks to convert it’s maiden Independent titles into the overall honours this season.

“We’re absolutely delighted to announce our new driver line up for the 2017 season;” commented Bartrum. “This season is arguably our biggest yet in the BTCC. Having signed a multi-year deal with household brand, Shredded Wheat, as well as continuing with our key partners from last season – DUO & IKO Enertherm – our focus is very much on the long-term plan.”

“After securing our first-ever BTCC titles in 2016, we have one clear aim for 2017 and that’s the overall title;” continued the Team Boss. “It’s fantastic to have Mat back for his eighth season and his return is key to us mounting a successful championship challenge this year. We now have a formidable trio with Martin and Luke joining him and have three drivers who we would very much like to continue with beyond the 2017 season.”

Bartrum was also delighted at securing the experience of Depper, who has established himself as a regular points finisher since returning to the championship in 2014.

“Martin has been in the championship for a while now, so he knows exactly what to expect;” added Bartrum. “He tested the Focus at the end of last season and quickly got up to a strong pace in the car. We were equally reassured with his pace and ability both driving, and tuning the car to his liking. I’m sure we’ll see him fulfilling his potential as a BTCC driver this year and providing a few surprises along the way.”

“I’m over the moon to be joining the Motorbase team for the 2017 campaign” said Depper. “When I tested the focus back in November I quickly found pace in the tricky conditions, so I’m really looking forward to carrying that forward and making my 4th season in the BTCC my best yet. I’m also really excited to be partnering Mat and Luke as I’m sure we will work well together and show real strength in our team work.”

The team’s car takes pride of place on the Dunlop BTCC stand at the Autosport International Show, which continues at the NEC until Sunday 15th January.

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