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Mixed fortunes for MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square at Brands Hatch

A day of mixed fortunes for the MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square was highlighted with a P4 finish for Jake Hill, as the Motorbase Performance-run squad battled hard at their home race at Brands Hatch Indy.

The team headed into race day with high hopes after showing strong pace in qualifying, with Jake Hill lining up on the second row and with Ollie Jackson having proved his ability to forge his way up the order in both rounds so far. The squad’s hopes were also buoyed by a passionate home crowd at the Kent-based circuit, as the championship continued to welcome a limited number of spectators back to the grandstands. 

With greasy conditions greeting the drivers for the opening race of the weekend, Jake was jumped off the line by a couple of early fliers whilst Ollie held his position in the midfield. Ollie continued to hold firm and lap consistently throughout the race on the fringes of the points, until a last lap excursion dropped him down the order.

Despite losing places at the start, Jake wasted no time at all in earning those back, passing Rowbottom and reigning Champion, Ash Sutton. With Sutton looking racey behind, Jake had to balance between attacking the Hyundai of Tom Ingram in front whilst keeping Sutton’s Infiniti at bay.

An expert move saw the local favourite overtake Ingram into P3 and into the podium places before Rowbottom returned on the charge to drop Jake into P4. Keeping championship rivals Sutton and Ingram behind, Jake marked a positive start to the day by crossing the line in P4.

Race two started in excellent fashion for Ollie in the #48, after a typically strong start saw him back inside the top-twenty in no time. Gaining consistently throughout the race including a notable move on four-time champion Turkington, Ollie managed to cross the line just outside the points positions with his sights firmly forward ahead of the final race.

For Jake, the second race of the day promised so much until misfortune struck. In no time at all, the #24 was back inside the top three and closing in on the leaders of Oliphant and Ingram. With another strong points haul on the cards, Jake’s weekend took a turn for the worse as a puncture caused him to exit the track and forced him into the pits, effectively ending his race.

As race three rolled around, both drivers were looking to leave their mark on the weekend with a final roll of the dice. Unfortunately the team’s cruel luck had not ended and Ollie’s race was ended as his bonnet released freakishly, forcing him into the pits but the issue was unable to be corrected quickly.

Lining up in P27 after his unfortunate puncture in race two, Jake returned with a vengeance in the final race of the day at his home circuit. The 27-year-old clawed back five places inside the first two laps, and this soon became nine spots in six laps as he lay just outside the points positions at the half race distance.

Not content with that, Jake continued to forge his way through the field with expert moves on  the BMW pair of Turkington and Oliphant as well as a fantastic battle with Gordon Shedden, in which the youngster triumphed. Ultimately, Jake’s overtaking masterclass took him to P13 at the flag and back into the points from the back of the field.

Despite suffering their fair share of misfortune, the MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square squad continue to rack up the points helping Motorbase Performance to retain second-place in the Constructors Championship. Jake Hill also retains P5 in the Drivers Championship as both Jake and Ollie look forward to returning at Oulton Park in four week’s time.

Ollie Jackson, #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“Sometimes you just get the feeling that it’s not your weekend, and the incident in race three pretty much summed my weekend up! It’s not been for the want of trying – the team and I have pushed and worked really hard throughout. We haven’t had the rub of the green but we know we can come back fighting at Oulton next month.”

Jake Hill, #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“It’s been a day of frustration, considering how things started. To turn it around in qualifying yesterday and to score strong points in race one, only made the misfortune in race two hurt all the more. The car has been brilliant all day and it gave me the opportunity to take out my frustration in race three. Taking fourteen places in that race highlights that things are working well all together and we now head to Oulton hoping for a really strong, consistent haul of points.”

Mark Blundell, Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“Touring cars has a way of letting you know when you’ve been in a battle and that’s certainly how this weekend has felt. Everyone at Motorbase has worked incredibly hard and we have shown glimpses of what we can do. It’s a sign of how competitive we are that we are all feeling disappointed tonight. We’ll use this as motivation and come back to fight on all fronts at Oulton next time out.”

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Second-row start for MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square

An exciting race day awaits at Brands Hatch Indy for the MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square squad, as Jake Hill qualified in P3 with Ollie Jackson in P19 across a topsy-turvy Saturday for the Motorbase Performance-run squad.

Arriving at the team’s home circuit of Brands Hatch, the team were hoping to build on their positive start to the season as they made their shortest journey of the season to the Kent-based track.

Sunshine and dry conditions greeted the team and the 4,000 fans trackside at the 1.208 mile circuit. Working their way through their respective programme’s, the first running of the morning saw Jake Hill close out the session in P9 while Ollie Jackson found himself in P24 despite being only six tenths off.

The second session was equally as tight with just over a second separating the entire grid as the field fought it out at the season’s shortest circuit. With both drivers improving their earlier times, Jake finished in P17 with a 48.978 while Ollie landed in P25 with a 49.281. Naturally, both drivers were working hard with their team to optimise their set up ahead of qualifying.

Having searched for improvements throughout the morning, the all-important qualifying session rolled around on Saturday afternoon. The early exchanges boded well for the MB Motorsport pair with an early couple of fliers taking both Jake and Ollie to the top of the timesheets. 

As the times fell across the board, it was Jake who managed to hold onto P1 with a fantastic lap of 48.179. Unfortunately for Ollie, his best lap time was deleted for exceeding track limits and ultimately his best time of 48.617 would be enough to claim a P19 starting position at the close of the session.

With less than ten minutes remaining, Jake was clinging onto top spot but it was the teammates of Daniel Rowbottom and Gordon Shedden who would squeeze the home hero out. Still, a P3 starting position represented a remarkable upturn from the morning’s fortunes and is Jake’s best ever BTCC qualifying result at his home track.

Ollie Jackson – Qualified P19 – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“It’s been a bit of a battle today. I think like many across the grid, we’ve been searching for the optimal setup today and then we just couldn’t hook it together in qualifying. Naturally, the margins around this place are so fine that I am going to have to get my head down tomorrow and try to pick my way through. We’ve shown we can do that already this season, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it.”

Jake Hill – Qualified P3 – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“From the morning we had today, that is a fantastic turnaround. I owe a lot to Craig, my engineer, and the team around me who seemed to reinvent the wheel between FP2 and qualifying. I was coming over the radio before I’d crossed the line on my fastest lap, as I knew it was a good one that would be up there. I’d have bitten your hands off for a second-row start earlier today, so now we have to make the most of it and convert this into a strong weekend.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“All the team have put in a huge effort today. We have had to be really thorough in our evaluation because there was a bit of disappointment this morning but nobody wins anything on Saturday morning and we looked to have turned it around. There’ll be changes tomorrow, as there always are, but we are in the fight.”

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MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square welcome Andrew Watson as Hybrid Development Driver

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square are delighted to welcome elite racing driver, Andrew Watson to the team as their Hybrid Development Driver.

With extensive experience in GT and endurance racing, Andrew boasts a rich CV complete with victory in GT World Challenge Europe, a podium finish at the Bathurst 12 Hours and a fifth place finish during his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut in 2020.

For 2021, Andrew is midway through his second season in the FIA World Endurance Championship running with the D’station Racing squad in the #777 Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE car.

Bringing a wealth of varied knowledge to the team, Andrew’s role will see him play a formal part in the team’s early hybrid running ahead of its introduction in the 2022 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship. The 26-year-old will support the team in its efforts to hit the ground running in 2022 utilising new technology, and this will include a formal on-track programme towards the end of the year.

Away from his elite racing duties, Andrew’s profession as a Sustainability Advisor sees him educate others on how to become more socially and environmentally responsible. Andrew’s new role in the team is supported by Andrew’s personal partnership with Howdens, the UK’s number one trade kitchens supplier*, an organisation who take their environmental responsibilities seriously and are committed to reducing their emissions and improving energy efficiency.

Commenting on the announcement, Andrew is excited to be joining the team alongside his 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship race programme and looks forward to getting started.

“I’m thrilled to be joining MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square as their Hybrid Development Driver. This is a really important time for the series as we start to make the progression towards a more sustainable future and it is a great step forward that the Championship is taking. I’ve been eager to get behind the wheel of a Touring Car for a while now so this is a great opportunity and I owe my thanks to my partners at Howdens who were hugely supportive given the environmental steps forward that the series is taking.”

Mark Blundell, Sporting Director of MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square, added:
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Andrew to the team. He’s got great experience across some great organisations and championship’s which will be an asset to us as we look to hit the ground running with our 2022 preparations. We’re very excited about the changes coming up in the BTCC and are delighted to be working with Andrew to make sure we’re as prepared as we can be.”

*Source: Mintel, September 2020, UK Kitchens and Kitchen Furniture: Inc Impact Of Covid-19.

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MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square on the podium at Snetterton

MB Motorsport claimed their fourth podium finish of the season after a fantastic drive from Ollie Jackson in race two at Snetterton. A double-top ten in race one and a charge through the pack from Jake Hill in race three claimed the team further points as they leave Round Two in third place in the BTCC Teams Championship.

Sunny skies and sweltering temperatures greeted the team early on Sunday morning, as preparations soon got underway for the opening race of the day. Starting sixth and seventh on the grid following Gordon Shedden’s disqualification after post-qualifying scrutineering, the Motorbase Performance-run squad opted to run the medium compound of Goodyear tyre and were confident that a strong result was possible.

RACE ONE: Ollie Jackson – P5 & Jake Hill – P9

Carrying the maximum ballast of 75kg, the #24 of Jake Hill dropped to eighth place on the opening tour of the Norfolk circuit whilst the sister Ford Focus ST, the #48 of Ollie Jackson, was able to battle his way up to fourth place. Surrounded by soft tyre runners, the pair performed admirably in defending their positions, only dropping one place each to fifth for Ollie and ninth for Jake, recording the team’s second double top ten finish of the season.

RACE TWO: Ollie Jackson – P3 & Jake Hill – P24

At the height of the day, temperatures climbed tantalisingly close to 30º on the mercury as race two fast approached. Both cars opted to run the soft tyre, with Jake aiming to make further progress through the order in his first race of the weekend without the maximum success ballast. Ollie got off to an excellent start which saw the #48 car jump up from P5 to P2 and challenge the Hyundai of Tom Ingram for the lead of the race heading into the Wilson hairpin, whilst Jake gained on his starting position of P9 to P8.

Locked in a tight battle with Ingram, Ollie was at the mercy of eventual-winner Ash Sutton, who passed the pair with ease in hot pursuit of Turkington up ahead. Sterling defensive work from Ollie meant he was able to hold on to third place, momentarily losing the position before a fantastic move claimed the podium spot back once again. In doing so, the two-time race winner opened his podium account for the season. 

Jake had also looked set for another strong top-ten result but contact from Aiden Moffat forced the 27-year-old wide. Coupled with a lack of grip from his tyres, Jake, unfortunately, slipped down the order to P24 at the chequered flag.

RACE THREE: Ollie Jackson – DNF & Jake Hill – P12

Heading into race three, Ollie lined up in P5 with Jake back in P24 but with both driver’s looking forward. Ollie’s race began in fine form, rising to P4 on the first lap and remaining firmly in the battle for the lead throughout and into lap two. He was then the unfortunate victim of Tom Oliphant’s drama ahead, being forced to slam on the brakes and take avoiding action of the spinning BMW. As a result, he dropped to P6 before being forced to retire on lap four with a front left issue, after contact with another car.

An excellent opening tour from Jake saw him climb eight places to P16. He continued to make progress through the field, picking his rivals off one by one to arrive in the points-paying positions. A valiant comeback effort rewarded him with P12 at the finish, ending the day as the race’s big mover – gaining 12 places from his starting position.

Ollie Jackson – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“Despite how the day ended, I’m delighted to claim my first podium of the season. We knew we had the pace to fight it out at the front and I’m very pleased that pace has been rewarded. We looked good all day and maximised everything we could out of the car. It’s a shame to end the weekend with a retirement but it was just an unlucky contact that nine times out of ten, you’d have gotten away with but today wasn’t to be.”

Jake Hill – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“Today has been a mixed day but we can leave with our heads held high knowing we gave it everything we had. Carrying the 75kg in the first race meant it always going to be a case of just trying to hold on, especially as we were the only medium runners in a sea of soft tyres. Race two was looking really good until I was forced off-track. From there, the tyres just lost all grip and we were sitting ducks. I was pleased with race three, to gain 12 places and a handful of points is pretty good going. As always, the team have been fantastic so we will regroup before we head to my home circuit at Brands Hatch.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“I’m very proud of how hard the team battled today. Ollie’s podium performance was excellent and deserved – I’m delighted for him to get his first one of the season as I’m sure there’s many more to come. Jake did the very best he could with a brilliant performance in race one before an unfortunate race two. His fight through the field in the final race of the day was showed his class and what might’ve been. Once again, our thanks to the Motorbase Performance squad for all their efforts.”

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Double top-ten start for MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square at Snetterton

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square enjoyed a fantastic qualifying day at a sun-soaked Snetterton Circuit as Ollie Jackson and Jake Hill claimed the team a double top-ten start ahead of Rounds 4, 5 and 6 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season. Both progressing through to the ten-minute pole shootout, Ollie and Jake delivered excellent laps to claim P7 and P8 respectively.

Entering the weekend in confident mood with the Motorbase Performance-run squad enjoying a fantastic opening weekend a Thruxton back in May, the driving duo started Saturday’s running off on the front-foot with Ollie closing the session in P7, with Jake in P9 in the #24 car, despite only running for the early stages of the session.

Running through respective programmes, the day’s final practice session saw Jake climb into P6 while Ollie closed the session in P24. With both driver’s feeling well-placed ahead of qualifying, the challenge was set for the team to finish inside the top ten within qualifying one as this weekend saw the return of the ten-minute pole shootout.

Despite carrying maximum weight into the qualifying session, Jake delivered an excellent performance to claim P6 with a 1:55.956 while Ollie enjoyed a similarly strong performance as a 1:56.151 earned the two-time race winner P8 in the opening qualifying session.

Those results ensured both MB Motorsport drivers progressed into the closing ten-minute pole shootout. With Colin Turkington, Tom Ingram and Gordon Shedden setting the early pace, both Ollie and Jake set their fastest lap times in the final exchanges. With the clock ticking down, a 1:56.262 earned Ollie a P7 starting position while Jake claimed P8 with a 1:56.403, meaning the Mountune-powered MB Motorsport Focus ST’s will line up alongside one for Round 4 on Sunday morning.

Ollie Jackson – Qualified P7 – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“It’s been another good day for the team and we are well in the mix heading into tomorrow. The pole shootout adds a different dimension to the day so it was great to get both cars into the mix. Lining up in P7 puts us in a strong position for tomorrow – I wanted a little bit more but what racing driver doesn’t?! The car feels in a great place and we know we can go well around here on race day.”

Jake Hill – Qualified P8 – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“We’re really happy with how today has gone as a team. It was always going to be tough to be right up the very sharp end with the success ballast on today but we have probably got as much out of today as physically possible, all things considered. It’s a really interesting grid and we are in the mix – if we can bring it through safely in round one, I’m confident we can have another great day tomorrow.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“The team and Jake and Ollie should be really glad with today’s performance. To have both cars firmly in the mix heading into tomorrow is all we can ever ask for. We know that the car is in a really good place so we’ve set ourselves up to have a real shot at it tomorrow and I know everyone will be giving it everything they’ve got.”

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Scorching Snetterton awaits MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square travel to Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk for the second round of the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, following a sensational start to the season last month.

The opening round of the championship at Thruxton in May yielded one of the team’s most successful weekends to date, with Jake Hill taking his #24 Ford Focus ST to three third-place podium finishes from three races and Ollie Jackson commanding his #48 through the field in a valiant comeback effort to finish the weekend inside the top ten.

As a result, the Motorbase Performance squad heads to Snetterton leading the Manufacturers Championship with 101 points whilst Jake enters the weekend leading the Drivers Championship for the very first time in his career, leading BTC Racing’s Josh Cook by a solitary point.

The Snetterton 300 layout marks a unique challenge for drivers, with two of the UK’s longest straights juxtaposed with a series of corners that draw inspiration from some of the world’s best-known race tracks such as Monza’s Parabolica and the hairpin at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal.

For Ollie, Snetterton holds a fond memory as the scene of his second BTCC race win in the third of the weekend’s races in 2020. The Brit also put on an overtaking exhibition, climbing ten places in just two laps during the second race.

Trialled last season, Snetterton will also see the return of the new top-ten qualifying shootout format on Saturday afternoon, further adding to the drama and intrigue that the BTCC is renowned for.

Weather conditions couldn’t be further polarised from Thruxton one month ago, with the sun set to dominate the day on Sunday as temperatures are expected to soar to 28ºC. It will also mark a piece of joyous moment as the series’ dedicated fanbase are set to fill the grandstands for the first time in more than 18 months.

Ollie Jackson – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel here at Snetterton. I know the circuit very well having lived locally in Attleborough for five years when I worked at Lotus and have some really special memories with the win here last year. Thruxton wasn’t the ideal start, with the unavoidable contact early on in the weekend putting us on the backfoot, so this is where my season can really kick off and I’ll be looking to score a decent haul of points this weekend.”

Jake Hill – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“Snetterton is always an exciting weekend but this weekend will be particularly special as we see the fans back at the track. Their support means so much to us so I’ll be giving it my all to put on a good show for them. We had an amazing start to the year at Thruxton, with three trips to the podium and the championship lead, so hopefully we can carry that on this time around. It’ll be a new experience for me as the driver everyone else is chasing but I’m looking forward to it!”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“Firstly it’s brilliant that we can welcome fans back to the track for the time since 2019, the atmosphere just isn’t the same without them. For us, our aim is to carry on as we started at Thruxton. The hot weather conditions will provide a challenge for everyone as we work our way through the weekend but we’re quite confident of another strong showing this weekend.”

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MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square team up with Garage Concepts for 2021

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square are delighted to announce a partnership with Garage Concepts, one of the UK’s leading garage conversion specialists.

Devoted to delivering high-quality conversions, Garage Concepts create stunning domestic showrooms for car collectors and automotive enthusiasts.

As ardent car enthusiasts themselves, the team at Garage Concepts understand exactly what is required of a bespoke showroom to fully complement your car collection. Garage Concepts combine this knowledge with their vast multi-trade experience to manage your project from start to finish, encompassing all aspects from flooring and plasterboard to fire safety, security and those luxury finishing touches.

Through the partnership, Garage Concepts will build out a close collaboration with the team throughout the season alongside some unique content too.

Commenting on the partnership, Mark Blundell, Sporting Director of MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square, said:

“It is great to welcome Garage Concepts to the team. I’ve known Rob and his team for a long time and the quality of their work really is second to none. We look forward to a number of exciting opportunities alongside Garage Concepts throughout the season.”

Rob Hudson, Managing Director of Garage Concepts, added:

“We’re thrilled to be returning to the BTCC with MB Motorsport. Having enjoyed a successful alliance with Mark in the past, it was a no-brainer to partner up with him and the team once again. We’re very excited to see what’s in store this season and can’t wait for it to finally get underway.”

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Triple podium haul and Championship lead for MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square enjoyed a fantastic day of racing at Thruxton with Jake Hill securing three podium finishes from three races and the team and the Motorbase Performance squad leave Hampshire with the lead of the Drivers and Manufacturers Championships, thanks to three successive Manufacturer victories.

With much more settled weather conditions compared to Saturday, the team were confident that Sunday could provide all the ingredients needed for a successful day’s racing on the first day of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship. Lining up seventh and ninth on the grid respectively for race one, both Jake Hill and Ollie Jackson looked forward to making their way through the field.

RACE ONE

As the opening race of the season got underway, drama quickly ensued with Ash Sutton sent pirouetting out of the lead by Colin Turkington, allowing Jake and Ollie to carve their way through the chaos and climb the order. Jake continued to gain places on the opening tour, capitalising on a spinning Tom Oliphant and passing Rory Butcher’s Toyota in the process. 

Ollie’s progress was abruptly halted after being hit by Gordon Shedden’s Honda, with the Scottish racer also taking out EXCELR8’s Chris Smiley in the process. Ollie was then forced to pit under the safety car to clear the radiator. Fortunately, the two-time race winner was able to rejoin the race albeit at the back of the field.

When the race resumed, Jake had climbed to the podium places in third and staged an excellent performance to keep the BMW of Turkington at bay for the remainder of the race to register his first visit to the rostrum in 2021. Meanwhile, Ollie fought back through the order to finish P19 on the road.

RACE TWO

A dramatic start saw the second race immediately red-flagged following a multi-car collision in the midfield, necessitating extensive barrier repairs and a large clean up operation. On the restart, Jake and Ingram were caught off the line and lost ground to Cammish, Butcher and Plato. In the #24, Jake quickly repassed Plato before regaining third place after Butcher spun off the road. From there, he kept in touch with the two BTC Racing Honda’s of Cook and Cammish and recorded his second podium finish of the weekend.

Meanwhile, some decisive driving from Ollie allowed him to avoid the midfield chaos and carve his way through the field and get involved in a series of close battles. Closing in on the top ten, the #48 finished in P13, narrowly missing out on the top-twelve reverse grid pole lottery.

RACE THREE

The notorious British weather soon played its part in proceedings as rain began to fall shortly before the start of race three. Tyre choices soon became the key call for every team on the grid, with variations beginning to emerge. The majority of the field opted to run the wet Goodyear tyre whilst MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square split their individual strategies, with Ollie running the wet from P13 on the grid and Jake running the slick tyre from P9.

The first phase of the race particularly suited the wet runners with Jake dropping to 19th and Ollie making a storming progression through the field early into the top six. As the conditions swung the other way, Ollie held firm excellently in tricky conditions to register his first top ten finish of the season, completing a stunning recovery through the field.

In true BTCC fashion, the pendulum duly swung back towards the slick runners with the rain easing and the track beginning to try once more as the race reached the midway point. As a result, Jake began lapping up to five seconds faster than the race leaders and set about dicing his way back through the order. With five laps remaining, he’d blitzed his way past polesitter Sutton and into the lead of the race.

Once again, the rain increased in intensity and the momentum shifted away from those on slicks and back towards those on wets. Fending off the charging Sutton and Plato as hard as he could, Jake was powerless to stop the pair from demoting him to third place at the chequered flag.

Today’s results mean MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square helped Motorbase Performance Ford to complete a hat-trick of manufacturer victories and head to Snetterton on June 12/13 leading the Manufacturers Championship ahead of BMW and Toyota.

Jake Hill, meanwhile, thanks to a hat-trick of podium finishes leads the Drivers Championship for the first time in his BTCC career after a memorable day.

Ollie Jackson, #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“Today was taken out of our hands in race one, and as frustrating as that is, we have worked really hard as a team to recover with two points finishes and a top-ten in race three. Obviously the first race set the tone for the day and gave us a lot of work to do but we knuckled down and made the progress we needed to. The car felt really good and I think we made more progress through the field, than any other front wheel drive car which is a great sign. 

“I enjoyed a few battles here and there throughout and was pleased to get myself into the top ten in race three. It’s been a great start to the season for the team so I can’t wait to push for more at Snetterton.”

Jake Hill, #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“I’m over the moon with our performances today. We knew we had a good race car underneath us and the team have done an amazing job in getting it to this point. The win looked possible in the last race but the conditions just went a bit too far to hang on to it.”

“There has been so much work gone into everything behind-the-scenes over the off season by so many – I’m just delighted that those efforts have been rewarded today. To leave Thruxton with the lead of both championships is just brilliant and I cannot wait for Snetterton to come around.”

Mark Blundell, Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“I think we can call that a very successful first day back at the office. Both Ollie and Jake did themselves proud, as did the whole Motorbase Performance operation which was faultless from minute one.”

“Ollie has had to battle through today the hard way but made his way through the field excellently and we know that he is getting on with the car brilliantly. For Jake, I’m really pleased for him. After the start we had last year, we couldn’t feel any more different than we do today after Round One and he drove excellently. That was some performance particularly in race three, with changing conditions, but we can head to Snetterton in confident mood and ready to build on this weekend.” 

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Double top-ten start for MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square at Thruxton

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square claimed a double top-ten start for the 2021 season-opener after a positive day’s work at Thruxton from Ollie Jackson and Jake Hill. A dramatic, helter skelter qualifying session in damp conditions faced the MB Motorsport duo who will start tomorrow’s first race in P9 and P7 respectively.

A very wet opening practice session kicked off proceedings at Thruxton on Saturday morning, with the team quickly finding their feet in the challenging conditions. As the session progressed, Jake continued to find pace in his Ford Focus ST, remaining in the top three for the duration of the session and finishing third with a best lap of 1:20.651. In the sister Focus ST, Ollie also ran an unproblematic 40 minutes, completing 19 laps in total and registering twelfth fastest on the timesheets with a 1:21.695.

As the day progressed, the conditions also began to change with torrential rain being replaced by cloudy skies and strong winds for the second session of the day. A damp track ensured it was wet tyres once more, with both MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square drivers running mid-table throughout the opening phases of the session. With just over five minutes remaining, track conditions had improved to allow both cars the option to run slick tyres and prepare them for qualifying later in the afternoon. As the session drew to a close, Jake registered 11th fastest with a 1:21.990 whilst Ollie’s best lap of a 1:22.376 placed him 14th in the order.

Qualifying soon rolled around and any further threats of rain stayed well away from the circuit. As the session got underway, an issue with Ollie’s car meant he was forced to watch the opening exchanges from the sidelines. Thankfully, the team managed to resolve the problem and the two-time BTCC race winner remained calm and collected as he made his way out on track.

Jake spent most of the first half of the session dicing inside the top-ten while Ollie got up to speed having missed the opening period. At the halfway stage, with the conditions continuing to dry, the team made the early call to switch both drivers to slicks. The pair searched for grip in their first few laps on the hard compound but, very quickly, the decision to change early proved to be the right one as many competitors dived into the pits to follow suit.

With lap-times falling fast, both Jake and Ollie showed their ability, with Jake frequenting the top spot on numerous occasions and Ollie climbing up inside the top ten despite the fragmented start to his session.

Ollie’s remarkable turnaround was completed as his last flying lap placed him into P6 before ending the session in P9 having been pipped by a few late-finishers right at the death.

Elsewhere, Jake found himself in P3 heading into his final flying lap and had set an overall best and personal best in sectors one and two respectively, before being forced to slow by fellow competitor, Jason Plato, who was not on a flyer. This, frustratingly, ensured that Jake could not improve and ultimately was dropped to P7 by those who crossed the line after him.

Ollie Jackson – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“I think today would be best described as eventful! The conditions were incredibly wet in the morning which meant the practise sessions were always going to be a case of scoping things out and building for what was to come.”

“Qualifying got off to an interesting start but the guys did brilliantly to get the car out and, from there, it was about focusing on the job at hand. I’m really pleased to be starting inside the top ten despite it being a shortened session for me. We’re in the mix and I’ve no doubt that tomorrow could be equally as eventful!”


Jake Hill – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“There aren’t many times you are too disappointed with P7 but I can’t help but think what might have been today. We made the early call to move onto slicks and we were able to deliver lap after lap that was in the zone.”

“It is a shame that we didn’t get to set that last lap quite as we wanted but that’s done now and we know we have a good package looking ahead to tomorrow”


Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“In true British Touring Car Championship style, it has been a dramatic first day back at the office. For Ollie to deliver what he did in qualifying after having to watch the start from inside the awning was incredibly impressive. It would have been easy to let that ruin the session so he should be very pleased with his performance.”

“I know that Jake is disappointed with the way his qualifying session finished but he is in a great position to race from tomorrow and we know that we have two great drivers in two quick cars, thanks to the guys at Motorbase Performance. I’m really looking forward to what could be a really exciting race day.”

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MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square revved up for BTCC season-opener

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square are raring to go as the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship gets underway at Thruxton this weekend.

Embarking on their sophomore campaign in the UK’s most competitive racing series, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square will take to the track with two Ford Focus STs – piloted by BTCC race winners Jake Hill and Ollie Jackson.

After a successful debut in the championship last year, where the team registered six podium finishes and an Independent Teams victory, the team aims to step up another level with the new machinery this season.

With an extensive pre-season testing programme completed, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square arrive in Hampshire excited to finally start the new season.

Playing host to the opening rounds of the campaign, the high-speed Thruxton circuit provides a unique challenge to the drivers. At 2.36 miles in length, the track maintains the highest average speed of any circuit on the calendar – pushing both driver and machine to the limit.

As the event is sadly running behind closed doors for the second year in a row, the MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square team will once again bring its valued partners and guests to the heart of the action through its exclusive virtual hospitality platform.

Ollie Jackson – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“I’m thrilled to finally be here at Thruxton. We’ve worked incredibly hard over the winter to prepare for the season and I’ve just really missed the buzz of a race weekend. There’s a lot to look forward to and we’re confident we can put on a good performance. I can’t wait to be lining up on the grid for the opening race.

Jake Hill – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“After a really long winter break, it’s brilliant to be able to say it’s race week. I’ve been waiting for this weekend since we finished up at Brands Hatch last year so I can’t wait to get in the car and get out on track. Thruxton is such a fun circuit to drive, every lap is a thrill ride and the racing will no doubt be just as thrilling.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“I’m really confident heading into the weekend. We’ve had a productive pre-season so can arrive at Thruxton knowing we’re well-prepared to hit the ground running. I have full faith in Jake and Ollie and I know they’ll both be giving it their all. I look forward to watching their progress trackside throughout the weekend as well as welcoming some of our valued partners to our hospitality platform.”

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Productive Official Media Day for MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square enjoyed a positive start to the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at the official season launch at a sun-drenched Silverstone circuit, with both Ollie Jackson and Jake Hill working their way through comprehensive testing programmes throughout the day.

After much anticipation, the curtain was lifted on the new season at the Home of British Motorsport as the 2021 BTCC grid was revealed in its entirety and MB Motorsport took to the track for their first official running with Ollie and Jake piloting the team’s pair of Ford Focus ST’s.

Once the grid had completed their media tracking laps and official grid photos, the pit lane went live for the morning session. Both with pre-planned formal programmes to work to, Ollie and Jake began their work prioritising longer race runs throughout the initial three-hour period. 

At the close of the morning session, a 57.726 was enough to earn Jake P11, while a 57.928 placed Ollie in P19 at the halfway mark of the day. Most importantly, the MB Motorsport duo had racked up 99 laps between them as the pair continued to gain valuable insight throughout the morning.

Following the lunch break, Ollie continued to rack up the laps and work his way through his scheduled programme lapping with excellent consistency. Unfortunately for Jake, his afternoon running was cut short by a technical issue which meant the Kent-based driver was restricted to a limited amount of running.

As 17:00 rolled around at the home of British Motorsport, Ollie’s fastest time of the afternoon was clocked as a 57.658 to place him in P11 at the close of play as he completed a mammoth 128 laps over the course of the day. Jake had to settle for P26 in the afternoon after he could only manage 21 laps in the afternoon.

Ollie Jackson – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“I’m really pleased with the work that we have gotten through today. For us, today was about working through the programme we had planned and we’ve learnt an awful lot – this can only put us in a good position heading into the opener in a couple of weeks. All in all, it’s been a really positive pre-season period – now I just can’t wait to get to Thruxton for the real fun to begin!”

Jake Hill – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“Today has been an up and down day for me admittedly. We came into the day with a clear picture of what we wanted to run and to achieve. We managed all of that in the morning perfectly but the afternoon was a bit frustrating as there was nothing we could do about the issue which hampered our running time. Despite that, I’m loving the feel of this Ford Focus ST and am confident that we will be well in the fight come Thruxton weekend.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:

“After much anticipation, it was great to get the first official running of the season in the books today at Silverstone. On the whole, the pre-season has been a really positive one for both Ollie and Jake and we are all heading into the opening weekend in confident mood. It’s also been great over the last two days to unveil our refreshed look with the new Focus’ – so a huge thank you as always to our partners for their support and to Motorbase Performance for their continued efforts.”

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MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square extend winning partnership with Cobra Sport Exhausts

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square are pleased to announce an extension of its winning partnership with leading performance exhausts specialists, Cobra Sport Exhausts.

Following on from their successful season in the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, which saw the team claim a plethora of podium finishes and an Independent victory at Snetterton, both parties are excited to continue their long-standing relationship.

To celebrate the extension of their partnership, Ollie Jackson adorned his Ford Focus ST with a special Cobra Sport Exhausts livery, for his team’s recent test at Croft, as both parties worked together on some exciting content opportunities to be revealed in the not-too-distant future!

As a revered name in motorsport and with over 50 years of experience, Cobra Sport Exhausts understand what’s required to succeed at the very top. With meticulous attention to detail, their extensive range of premium stainless steel performance sport exhausts demonstrate the highest standard of manufacturing. Every Cobra Sport exhaust is hand-made in Sheffield, including the exhaust systems found on the MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus STs. 

Commenting on the extension, Mark Blundell, Sporting Director of MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square, said:

“I’m thrilled to welcome Cobra Sport Exhausts back to the team for 2021. Our partnership last year celebrated much success, both on and off the track, despite the many challenges we all faced. I’m looking forward to building on that success this year and celebrating more positive news together throughout the season.”

Rachel Abbott, Managing Director of Cobra Sport Exhausts UK, added:

“It’s very exciting news to be extending our partnership with MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square. From our Independent Teams’ success in 2019 to race winners following the teams rebrand in 2020, we’ve enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship. I speak for all at Cobra Sport Exhausts when I say we can’t wait to enjoy another year of success together.”

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Diamondbrite launch new ‘Product in Action’ focused website

Diamondbrite have just launched a new website aimed at providing sales executives an informative and easy to use platform to demonstrate to customers the benefits of having Diamondbrite applied to their new vehicle.

Diamondbrite’s industry-renowned and award-winning Paint and Upholstery Protection systems have been found in dealerships nationwide since the 1980’s. In those early days, sales executives had to rely on simple photographs and printed materials to showcase the numerous benefits of having Diamondbrite applied to their vehicle.

But today, thanks to Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee helpfully inventing the internet in 1990, things are very different; and Diamondbrite’s new website makes the most of Sir Timothy’s genius to enable sales executives to showcase its Paint and Upholstery Protection systems in their best possible light easily and quickly, increasing both sales and the commission in their pay cheque.

The new site features videos that explain the benefits of having Diamondbrite applied to a vehicle’s paintwork and upholstery – broken down into simple to navigate Exterior, Interior and Leather sub-sections – as well as an informative brochure that can be easily printed or downloaded for the customer. Naturally, the site covers the five markets Diamondbrite is available in; car, caravan, motorhome, campervan and motorcycle.

Other sections include an easy to digest graphic explaining all the reasons to purchase Diamondbrite at a glance, information on the complimentary After Care kits customers are supplied if the Protection is purchased to help them look after their new purchase and finally, and details of the product’s Lifetime Guarantee.

The site also includes easy links to Diamondbrite’s active Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn pages, as well as a direct email link.

The site can be viewed at www.diamondbrite.co.uk/diamondbrite-in-action/

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IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE VEHICLE VISION® PLATFORM

The Vehicle Vision® Aftersales video software now provides interest-free instalment payment option for repairs

We’re excited to announce that the Vehicle Vision personalised Aftersales software platform now provides customers requiring vehicle inspections and repairs with a digital option to spread out payments over interest-free instalments – at no additional licence fee cost. This new integration – between the developers of our software platform and Auto Service Finance (ASF) – will enable dealerships, workshops and garages to provide customers with financial flexibility during challenging economic times and allow dealerships to engage with customers safely.

There will be three options to pay for repair work through Vehicle Vision®, with customers retaining the ability to pay on collection of the vehicle, on the platform. Connecting to the ASF platform enables dealerships to conduct work which may have been postponed due to financial constraints giving customers flexibility and convenience, which is more important than ever – particularly in the current environment.

New automated Amber Follow Up module available for Vehicle Vision® Aftersales

With a new Follow Up module installed – and a simple mouse click – Aftersales departments now have the ability to convert more advisory – non-urgent – work identified and reported in their video health check report.

If customers choose not to proceed with any advisory work highlighted during their visit to the workshop, the Follow Up module can automatically send a text and email to the customer seven days before the work becomes urgent.

With a link to the technician’s video report, it’s a positive communication that reminds the customer items will require attention very soon and is underpinned by a sound commercial approach to converting future work opportunities.

Along with a link to the video, the customer is directed to an online diary, where they can request a booking with their preferred dates.

The admin area of the Vehicle Vision software also enables the Service Manager to manage the Follow Up process, maximising opportunities.

Vehicle Vision, the developers of the software join the CDK International Partner Programme

We’re delighted to announce that the Vehicle Vision, have joined the CDK International Partner Programme – to integrate with their Autoline Dealer Management System (DMS) products. By directly transferring customer, vehicle and VHC data from the CDK DMS, the integration will increase productivity, efficiency and automation when creating personalised Aftersales videos with Vehicle Vision®.

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For further information or demonstration, contact Steve Gretton, ultravision® Product Manager
T: 07802 361722 E: steve.gretton@jewelultra.com

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Dealerships to benefit from new class leading personalised video system for Sales and Aftersales

  • Jewelultra launches UltraVision
  • Unique collaboration with Vehicle Vision
  • Official launch at the Automotive Retail Congress at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on the 21st of May 2019.

Jewelultra has launched UltraVision, a personalised video presentation system for use in the automotive Sales and Aftersales environments. The app and internet browser-based software simplifies the service and repair process, breaks down the barriers between the workshop and the customer, and in sales, supports the customer through the pre and post stages of the buying process.

Market-leading Diamondbrite is an advanced two-stage chemical paint and fabric protection product. Although it is a UK market-leader, Diamondbrite is exported to dealer groups around the world. The British chemicals manufacturer is partnering with Vehicle Vision – a leading provider of personalised video systems to automotive manufacturers , dealerships and garages – to provide a video programme that gives its customer base a highly advanced, simple to use and affordable solution.

Lance Boseley, Jewelultra Marketing Director said: “We are committed to new innovative ways of helping our customers, and UltraVision gives us the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of the latest video technology. The Vehicle Vision platform generates trust and transparency for stronger relationships with customers, the off-the-shelf web and app based software can be used to increase revenue and customer satisfaction throughout the dealership/garage environment. We are really impressed with the Vehicle Vision software and the professionalism of the company, and are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Vehicle Vision.”

Steve Dean, Vehicle Vision Managing Director said: “We have a proud history and record of innovation in the automotive sector, having developed the pioneering Audi Cam for Audi UK in 2012 and our solutions are being used globally to support brands, dealerships and garages. We and Jewelultra share the same passions about quality, affordability and supporting users, and the partnership creates a real synergy that the UK market can benefit from. Jewelultra is a great company and appointing them will help to move our strategy for growth forward.”

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Restore your car’s shine in time for summer

At this time of year we’re getting more sunshine than we’ve become used to in the winter months. While that tends to be glorious for the garden and fantastic for upping Vitamin B levels, it can also reveal every tiny imperfection on your car’s paintwork. In the darker days of winter you may have been under the impression your car looked great but now the sun has come out and there is nowhere to hide. If you’re keen to maintain that showroom fresh feel, or to restore your car’s shine just in time for summer then there is a very simple way to do it: Diamondbrite Automotive.

Whatever happened to the paintwork?

It can be a shock to see the damage that simply driving your car can do to the paintwork. Today, most car manufacturers use environmentally friendly water-based paints. Although these have strong eco credentials they are also much more likely to fade and oxidise, leaving you with a less than impressive aesthetic.

Driving can also expose your car to a range of factors that may damage its shine, from grit and dirt through to tree sap or acid rain. Unless you take action to stop the problems that can arise – and to protect the paintwork – then it will be impossible to retain, or recreate, that showroom feel.

The solution: Diamondbrite

Diamondbrite is made from refined rock oils and has been developed to provide exceptional protection for your showroom shine. It is applied in two stages to create an effective protective layer that not only improves the car’s aesthetic but also its longevity. The first step in the Diamondbrite process is designed to cleanse and then fill the pores in the paintwork of a vehicle to create a smooth finish that keeps out everything, from nitrates through to traffic dirt.

Once that stage is complete, step 2 creates a smooth protective skin on the surface of the paintwork that also has a sleek, polished finish. Once both steps have been applied the car is totally protected and potentially damaging substances, such as rain and dirt, will simply run off the surface of the car.

Diamondbrite provides the ultimate protection for your showroom shine

  • Defence against the damage that can be done by bird droppings
  • Protecting your paintwork against the potential issues that changes in temperature can cause
  • Creating a protective layer to keep out grime, grit, salts, traffic film and tar
  • Establishing a barrier against UV light to help keep colours bright and maintain shine
  • Preserving your car’s aesthetics in the face of natural forces such as tree sap, insect fluid and a range of atmospheric pollutants.

If you’re looking for an effective solution to restore your car’s showroom shine in time for the summer months, Diamondbrite is the perfect way to do it. When the process is carried out by a Diamondbrite applicator it is even covered by a guarantee from the date that it is applied.

To find out more, get in touch.