Neate remains with Motorbase as Osborne joins team for 2021

Andy Neate and Sam Osborne has both been confirmed as Motorbase Performance’s driver line-up for the 2021 BTCC season.

Andy Neate returned to the BTCC full-time in 2020, since 2016, and partnered now-Speedworks driver Rory Butcher.

In a release, Neate said: “For me, returning to the grid with Motorbase Performance for a second consecutive season – something I have never done before – is really exciting.”

His 2020 campaign was a challenge after securing points finishes in only two out of 27 races.

The 46-year-old reflected: “Last year for me was not my best year, but after such a long time out and coming back into such a competitive season, it really took me by surprise in terms of how much higher the standard is.

“But now with that year under my belt, I am chomping at the bit to get going and show my true performance out on-track.”

Sam Osborne swapped seats with Ollie Jackson now at MB Motorsport, having returned his best career performance last season.

He returned several points finishes fighting amongst the top-10, an improvement compared to his 2019 debuting season.

The 28-year-old added his thoughts: “With this team, I can continue my progression in 2021.

“Last year I began to really settle into the series, so my aim for this season is to keep pushing myself as hard as I can and fight for the Jack Sears Trophy.”

In light of the ownership change, Motorbase will run two Mountune-powered Ford Focus STs, alike the MB Motorsport sister team.

This partnership brings the four cars under an umbrella in which they will support the development of each others’ campaigns.

The 2021 season will commence at the beginning of May at Thruxton circuit.