In this piece of our 2021 BTCC Team Previews, our writers give their thoughts on MB Motorsport and what they can do in the upcoming season.

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MB Motorsport recently revealed their 2021 look on their new pair of Ford Focus STs, and are looking positive as the team bring in Ollie Jackson to join Jake Hill for this season.

After both drivers had their most successful BTCC campaign last year, so both bring interesting prospects for the team this season.

Adam, Connor and our BTCC editor Mo share what they think of the team’s upcoming chances.

Adam Proud

MB Motorsport have a very strong line-up heading into 2021, and I think that will bring them huge amounts of success once the racing gets underway in the BTCC.

The team retains Jake Hill, who last year scored six podiums in MB Motorsport’s first campaign in the BTCC, which is the kind of momentum the squad will be looking to carry on through 2021.

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Jake Hill, 2020 – Credit: BTCC

The 27-year-old finished seventh in the standings in 2020, so I’m sure we will see him build upon that a go even further in the Focus ST.

On the other side of the garage, Ollie Jackson heads into Mark Blundell’s outfit to contest his ninth year in the BTCC paddock, in a car which he has plenty of experience with from his time with Motorbase Performance.

Coming off the back of his most successful BTCC campaign, scoring his maiden victory at Silverstone and ending the year 12th in the standings, the 36-year-old is just what MB Motorsport needs as it heads into its sophomore year in the BTCC.

I believe we will see the MB Focus ST fighting at the front on a regular basis this year.

Connor Minniss

With multiple race winner Ollie Jackson and young talent Jake Hill behind the wheel of their two Focus ST’s, the opportunity for the duo to cause upset amongst some of the more
established front runners is an exciting and almost inevitable factor for MB Motorsport to
deliver on.

The potential of Jake Hill was obvious just from testing, him being only a fraction off the
pace of his much more experienced teammate Ollie Jackson throughout the majority of the
sessions, wet or dry.

Ollie Jackson, 2020 – Credit: BTCC

However, Jackson is no slouch, he managed to earn his maiden victory at Silverstone last year and was victorious again at Snetterton in the penultimate round.

Overall, MB Motorsport’s line-up is looking promising for their hopes at winning more races
and getting both drivers up on the podium.

I believe they have the ability in the car, they just need a little bit of luck and a well-coordinated team behind them, and they will pull some special results out from this season, I’m sure.

Mo Rehman

With the FK2 Honda Civic Type R finally gone, the Ford Focus ST replacement is an instant upgrade in-light with their partnership with Motorbase.

Jake Hill had a tricky opening weekend last year after not finishing at any of the three races at Donington Park. It took him two weekends to start getting results, but such consistent momentum got him six podium finishes and a personal best of 2nd place at Croft.

His target this season will be for a maiden victory having proven his strong material last year. His position in the drivers’ standings suggests his ability to be unphased by the intensity of the BTCC and will look to top his own results after his best season ever in 2020.

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Ollie Jackson with (now) new teammate Jake Hill behind him at Knockhill, 2020 – Credit: BTCC

His new teammate, Ollie Jackson, may not have the prowess of consistent points finishes, but he managed to mix himself with the top drivers last season and demonstrated a skill in defence. And I’m not talking BTCC-style either.

I expect for him to be fighting in the top-10 but to also push for those top-five spots. He wants to be a fear to others looking to get podiums, as I’m sure he will assert during this season.

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