The MB Motorsport team will run two Ford Focus ST entries in the upcoming 2021 season of the British Touring Car Championship.
Following the recent news of Shaun Hollamby and Pete Osborne acquiring Motorbase Performance, a partnership has been reached to supply a pair of new Ford Focus STs to MB Motorsport.
Mark Blundell, Sporting Director at MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square, said: “We all loved our debut campaign in the series last year and are all united in wanting to achieve much more in the coming year.”
The Focus replaces the outgoing and outdated Honda Civic Type R FK2 which was last produced in 2017.
It proved to be adequate in the hands of Jake Hill claiming five podium finishes for the team on top of their first independents’ victory at Snetterton.
He continued: “We have a fantastic relationship with Shaun [Hollamby – Team Principal] and Pete [Osborne] and are delighted to be working with Motorbase Performance in the next step of our journey.
“The Honda Civic was a fantastic car and we all loved it fondly but everything has a lifespan in motorsport and we are firm in our belief that the Ford Focus ST is a huge step forward both in terms of outright pace but also with the introduction of hybrid engines in 2022.”
Jake Hill, who was confirmed a 2021 seat earlier last year, added: “I was delighted when I heard everything had been brought together and I’d be behind the wheel of a Ford Focus this coming season.
“The Honda Civic was a big step forward for me and I loved every race in it but today’s announcement sees us as a team go to another level again and takes my ambitions for the season ahead to a new level as well.”
The team also renewed their partnership with Blue Square, their title sponsor, of which is a fond relationship they look forward to continue.
The revised 2021 calendar sights Thruxton as the season opener on May 8/9 later this year.