After a challenging 2019 campaign, the 2020 season provided Motorbase Performance with a chance to return to form as it introduced the latest incarnation of the Ford Focus.

Even when the COVID-19 pandemic threw a spanner in the works, it proved to be a successful year on track for the Wrotham-based squad.

At the end of it however came news that the team was being sold on, with Shaun Hollamby and Pete Osborne taking control from founder David Bartrum – who now heads off to take on new challenges elswhere…

“Mike Jordan warned me that it’ll be hard to let go and see someone else running ‘my’ team, and I suspect there are times that he’ll be right,” he admitted.

“However, I have no doubt that Shaun and Pete will make a success of it, and that they are right people to continue the Motorbase story.

“They have a car that is a real weapon, they have a good team of people in place to run it and in Jake Hill, have a driver who can win races and fight for that elusive title.”

The full chat with Bartum looking back over his time in charge can be found in the January edition of the eMagazine, which is on sale here for £2.49