Motorbase Performance will be taking a sabbatical from GT racing with immediate effect to focus on racing in the British Touring Car Championship, the team announced this morning.
The British team, which over the past five seasons has competed in both the British GT Championship and Blancpain Endurance Series/Cup, will be selling its pair of Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3s.
“We’ve enjoyed five fantastic years racing in the GT world – taking both the overall Driver and Team Championship crowns in the British GT Championship and podiums in the Blancpain Endurance Cup and Gulf 12 Hours;” explained team principal Dave Bartrum.
“We’ve raced with and against some great people in that time and isn’t necessarily end of sportscar racing for Motorbase, but 2017 is going to be a big year for us and so we feel it’s the right decision.
“With the pound the way it is with the Euro too,” he told DSC, “and so many of the european teams being feisty on prices, we feel that this is the right time to do it. We have a very big sponsor on board, it’s a three-year deal, we’re running three cars again and we want to get it right and put everything into it from year 1.”
The team had originally planned to race at the Gulf 12 Hours later this month to conclude its 2016 season, but Bartrum also revealed to DSC that the team has withdrawn its entry.