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MB Motorsports sponsored by Diamondbrite, BTCC season in numbers

What a fantastic season it has been, and to wrap it up in style we have pulled together all the things to shout about and provided us with the belief that the 2022 BTCC season will be even better.

  1. 30 Races – 25 Points scoring finishes – 22 Top-Ten Finishes 
  2. 2 Race Wins – 9 Podiums – 2 Fastest Overall Laps
  3. 8 Manufacturer Constructor Wins (with MB Motorsport)
  4. Fastest Manufacturer in Qualifying 4 times – Fastest Manufacturer Lap – 10 times – Qualified in the top-ten 7 times (inc two front-row starts) – led 69 laps
  5. 5th Overall in points – 11 Points from Turkington in P2 – 8 Points from Cook in P3 and 5 Points from Ingram in P4…..
  6. Championship Leader after round one – never lower than 5th during 2021.

With the added bonus of Jake Hills results at Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood Members Meeting, Spa Historic and Masters Historic, and being one of only a dozen Elite young drivers selected by the British Racing Driver’s Club (BRDC) to be part of their ‘Superstar’ programme, Jake has genuinely elevated himself in the echelon of the sport as one of the UK’s top young drivers.

And of course, it’s down to the amazing support, from all the fans and sponsors. That means MB Motorsport can push on forward and deliver even more great races and exciting new developments that will mean 2022 will be a promising and exciting one.

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Double points finish for MB Motorsport at BTCC season finale

Race One

  • The team looked forward to a positive opening race to start Finals Day, as Jake Hill and Ollie Jackson lined up in formation from P11 and P12 on the grid respectively
  • A frenetic start to the race saw Ollie climb to P11 whilst Jake dropped to P14 in the first-lap scrum
  • By lap two, Jake had begun to regain places and was up to P13
  • Over the following laps, Jake began to dice with the BMW of Tom Oliphant for P12 but also had to fend off Tom Ingram as he looked for a way past
  • Their battle was placed on a brief hold as the safety car was called to recover Andy Neate’s Ford from the gravel trap
  • What followed was a game of cat-and-mouse between Ollie, Oliphant, Jake and Ingram as the four ran in close proximity throughout as Jelley dropped through the order – promoting the pair a further place
  • With no one able to make a move stick, Ollie’s stern defence rewarded him with a P10 result as Jake crossed the line close behind in P12 to record a double-points finish

Race Two

  • Looking to make further advances in race two, both drivers were fired up once again
  • A chaotic first few corners resulted in carnage, with Ollie unfortunately spun round at Surtees and collected by several others cars, ending his race prematurely
  • Jake survived his fair share of opening lap drama, as he swiftly recovered a slide from contact at Druids to rejoin in P15
  • Spurred on after the safety car, Jake began his charge back through the pack with the fastest lap of the race and an excellent move on Boardley through Paddock Hill Bend
  • Two laps later, the BRDC SuperStar then made his way past Osborne for P13
  • By lap eight, Jake had battled his way back into the top ten by despatching of Jack Goff’s Cupra
  • From there, Jake held firm to bring the car home in P10 for his second points finish of the day

Race Three

  • Starting P10 and P27 for the final race of the season, both Jake & Ollie were determined to end the year on a high
  • A superb getaway and opening few laps from Ollie meant he rose an outstanding eight places to break into the top-20
  • Similarly, Jake was on a charge as he climbed to P9 by lap two
  • Taking no prisoners, the pair overtook car after car – Jake up to P7 and Ollie into P12 by lap 10
  • On lap 13, Jake set a new fastest lap of the race to propel him past Josh Cook and into P4
  • As the chequered flag flew on the 2021 season, the team ended the year with two superlative drives from Jake and Ollie to P4 and P11 respectively

QUOTES

Jake Hill – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“What a way to end my most successful season in BTCC. Whilst I’m disappointed not to take the title fight right to the wire, we fought really hard throughout the day and had some great battles. I’m really pleased to end it with a P4 result from where we started the day. It’s been a great year with everyone at MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square and Motorbase Performance – to be in the title fight until the last round is a real achievement and I’d like to thank all of the team for their hard work.”

Ollie Jackson – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“As season finales go, this was one of the most dramatic I think I’ve experienced. We had a productive opening race with P10 and that set us up nicely for the rest of the day. Sadly things didn’t go to plan in race two and that changed the face of our day. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the team for getting the car back into shape for race three – finishing 16 places higher than where we started was definitely a highlight to end the year. Thanks to all of the team.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“As our second year in BTCC draws to a close, I’d like to say a huge well done and thank you to everyone at Motorbase Performance and MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square. We’ve many highlights to reflect on with two victories and ten podium finishes across the season. I’d also like to say a big thank you to all our valued partners for their continued support – we wouldn’t be able to fight at the front without them and their support is invaluable to us.”

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MB Motorsport sponsored by Diamondbrite winning streak continues at Silverstone

STORY OF THE DAY

  • Following a difficult Qualifying on Saturday, MB Motorsport sponsored by Diamondbrite knuckled down to storm to an excellent victory in Sunday’s final race – the team and Motorbase Performance’s second victory in seven days

RACE ONE

  • Lining up P17 and P22 on the grid for the first race of the day, the team’s plan of attack was to progress up the order
  • Both cars made good starts and quickly gained positions, with Ollie gaining four places and Jake rising by three – despite carrying 66kg of success ballast
  • By lap three, Ollie had climbed to P13 and Jake P19
  • As plenty of battles emerged out on track, the pair pushed on and took advantage to continue to gain places
  • By the end of the race, Ollie had climbed to finish an impressive P13 with Jake making progress to P21 – caught in a late race battle with Tom Chilton & Jack Goff

RACE TWO

  • With no ballast on either car, expectations were high for race two with both cars aiming to progress further through the field
  • Both Jake and Ollie made similarly good starts as race one and were quick to ascend the order once again
  • Before long, both cars had broken into the points-paying positions
  • Unfortunately, Ollie was caught by another car and subsequently dropped to P20
  • Meanwhile, Jake was able to command his Ford Focus ST to P10 and in the mix for the reverse grid draw

RACE THREE

  • As a result of the draw, Jake lined up P3 on the grid for the final race of the day with Ollie looking ahead to another charge through the field from P19
  • A thrilling opening few laps saw Jake quickly jump to second place
  • Fast-starting Ollie once again put on a display as he climbed four places on the opening tour alone
  • By lap seven, the #48 had risen nine places at Ollie’s hands and Jake was harassing the Vauxhall Astra of Dan Lloyd for the lead
  • On lap 11, Jake seized his chance to squeeze his way past Lloyd through the inside of Copse corner
  • From there, Jake held the lead with all his might to record the team’s second win in seven days and his third overall career victory
  • The team also recorded a double top-ten finish with Ollie completing a remarkable comeback to P10

Jake Hill – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“I’d like to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone in the team and at Motorbase Performance. If you’d told me on Saturday we’d be here with a race win and fastest lap I would’ve snapped your hand off. The team knew exactly what we needed to do to turn it around and we really made the most of it. I’m thrilled for everyone, we’ve all worked so hard so it’s great to see our work being rewarded.”

Ollie Jackson – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“It was quite a day and I’m really happy to end the weekend inside the top ten. We worked very hard Saturday evening and Sunday morning to find a bit more pace in the car and that allowed us to climb our way up the order. It’s a shame race two panned out the way it did as we would’ve been in the mix for the reverse grid draw but that’s just the way it is. It was good fun coming through the field and that will give us a boost heading to Donington Park.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“Congratulations to all of the team – they worked their socks off over the past 24 hours to turn what was a very difficult qualifying into a great race day. They should all be very proud of their efforts – particularly in a double header and can all enjoy a short rest with yet more silverware for the cabinet. Well done to all.”

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MB Motorsport sponsored by Diamondbrite aim to carry winning momentum into Silverstone

Fresh from their first outright Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship victory, MB Motorsport sponsored by Diamonbrite head to Silverstone, the Home of British Motorsport, aiming to continue their winning form.

A sensational weekend at Croft saw Jake Hill dominate the second race of the day to win by a clear five second advantage – the biggest winning margin of the season so far – as the Motorbase Performance squad continued their strong running.

Taking their first overall win in the series, the team are buoyed by their performance as they arrive at the revered Silverstone circuit.

The circuit holds fond memories for Ollie Jackson, as the scene of his very first BTCC victory twelve months ago in a thrilling cat-and-mouse battle with Tom Oliphant.

A lap around the 1.64-mile National layout of Silverstone takes in some of the most iconic corners in British motorsport, such as Copse and Brooklands.

Following the results of Croft, the title race hots up further as Jake enters Silverstone second in the championship with 218 points, just 29 behind title leader Ash Sutton.

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

“I’m really looking forward to getting back out on track at Silverstone. It will always hold special memories for me with the win there last year in the Ford Focus ST. It’s a great track to drive and I’m sure the fans will be out in force in their numbers.”

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

“Last weekend was a dream come true, it was brilliant for myself and the team to get the win that we’ve worked so hard for and now we head to Silverstone with a real spring in our step to push on for even more.”

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

“It’s always a pleasure to return to Silverstone, particularly this year as race winners. I was very proud of the team for their efforts at Croft and I’m certain I’ll be just as proud of them this weekend. The Focus ST went very well here last year in Ollie’s hands so I look forward to a promising weekend for all of the team.”

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Our homegrown Ben Harper is hitting new heights

Ben’s family have been competing in Autograss sport for 50 years, his Dad John, starting racing in ’71. The Governing body is called NASA (National Autograss Sports Association), of which John was both Chairman and Vice Chairman of, for over 25 years, although now retired, he is still asked his advice on different aspects of the rules and regulations. Ben’s mum Barbara is a director and competes at the highest level.

Although this is an amateur sport, there is a lot of money spent on, not only cars but also Caravans and Motorhomes, some of the guys turn up in Motorhomes worth over £100,000 and race cars with tuned engines worth £50,000 a piece! They usually carry a spare too. One of the national meetings had a record 935 drivers signed on, making it unofficially the biggest race meeting in Europe ever!

There are 10 different classes of cars ranging from unmodified saloons to fully modified twin motorbike engine open-wheel cars, so there is a lot of scope within the sport.

There is race coverage on the radio and national events are shown live via Apps Media’s YouTube channel. It has also featured on Sky and Motors TV, we had Ben Collins (the Stig from Top Gear) come and try to beat the local drivers.

NASA, the governing body have a large stand at Autosport international which is held at the N.E.C every year, plus other regional car shows around the country.

Ben Harper:

Ben is the driver of M111, a Class 8 special and M11 a class 5 Mini, which are both sponsored by Jewelultra Ltd, he is a 35-year-old Motorbike technician from Leicester working for Drayton Croft Motorcycles of Hinckley.

Ben has been racing since he was 14 years old (21 years in total). He competes in arguably the most competitive class, Class 8. These are single-seater, specialist-built machines, with serious power to weight ratio. They are not built for a high-top speed as the tracks are quite short but can easily accelerate from 0-60mph in 2-3 seconds, hitting a top speed of around 80-90mph on an oval track with straights around 400 metres long.

Ben has built the car himself, with help from his dad, John. It has a 1350cc Hayabusa motorbike engine, which in standard form produces around 220bhp, in a car weighing around 350-400kgs, this is about the same power to weight ratio as a Bugatti Veyron.

For the last 5 years, Ben has been racing his other self-built machine in the form of a Class 5 Mini. This is a rear-engine car with a highly tuned Fiat X1/9 engine, it has a full spaceframe chassis with a mini shell and a centre seat. With a top speed around 80-85mph dependant on gearing, Ben’s unsure of its official stats, but it’s ‘knock you back in your seat’ fast!!!

Ben competes annually for the national league titles where he is considered a top driver within the local club and league. He always qualifies for the NASA National Championships held in August each year, but it yet to be crown the champion.

Ben is also a top contender in the UKAC race series, which runs alongside the national championships. Previous years have seen Ben regularly feature in the top three in both classes, and in 2018 he won the Class 5 title.

Links to more info.

Governing body:

https://www.national-autograss.com/

UKAC race series:

http://ukautograss.com/

Apps Media: YouTube channel

Class 5 victory:

Class 8 Victory: Southern League Grand Prix – West country videos. Excellent win.

Class 8 on-board footage. See how he does it…

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MB Motorsport sponsored by Diamondbrite storm to maiden BTCC victory at Croft

STORY OF THE DAY

  • After their second front-row qualifying result in as many races, MB Motorsport sponsored by Diamondbrite’s Jake Hill converted an excellent qualifying into the team’s maiden BTCC victory

RACE ONE

  • Lining up P2 for the first event of the day, a good start from the BRDC SuperStar allowed him to harass polesitter Aiden Moffat throughout the race
  • Meanwhile, a superb start from the #48 of Ollie Jackson saw him soar from P11 to P8 on the first lap before his race was cruelly ended through no fault of his own as he was taken out at the final hairpin
  • Making a number of close moves, Jake drove with the championship in mind and settled his Motorbase Performance-run Ford Focus ST into P2 for the team’s first visit to the podium of the weekend

RACE TWO

  • Lining up P2 for the second race, Jake was more determined than ever to usurp the now-weighted Infiniti of Moffat
  • Meanwhile, Ollie continued to impress with his searing pace, climbing an outstanding 14 places on the opening tour alone
  • At the head of the field, Jake continued to pressure Moffat and dived into the lead of the race with an excellent, committed move
  • Following a safety car period, Jake continued to head the field and began to bridge a gap to the chasing pack that he would never relinquish and Ollie continued his charge through the field
  • With a lead of more than five seconds, Jake took the chequered for his second career victory
  • Ollie crossed the line in P14 to complete a mammoth comeback to the points-paying positions, gaining the most positions out of any driver for Race Two

RACE THREE

  • With both cars lining up inside the top fifteen, the Motorbase Performance squad were looking for a strong finish to the day
  • Unsurprisingly, Race Three brought its usual drama with the opening tour of the Croft Circuit seeing numerous multi-car collisions
  • Unfortunately, Ollie’s rotten luck was summed up as he suffered race-ending damage as he was unavoidably caught up in another driver’s tangle
  • Battling full success ballast and the softer tyre compound, Jake defended superbly throughout the race to hold onto his P7 starting position and claim more valuable Championship points

QUOTES

Jake Hill – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“Get in there! I’m absolutely delighted to get the win and a huge amount of credit goes to the MB Motorsport and Motorbase squad – the car was absolutely faultless, even with the weight. The tyres stayed with me right until the end and it’s just a massive thank you to all the team. Overall, it’s been a fantastic weekend – we’ve done just about all we can, clawed back some ground in the Championship fight and pulled ourselves up to second in the standings. That’s what we are going to have to do with every remaining round but we are properly in the fight and it feels like the momentum is building.”

Ollie Jackson – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“It’s been another frustrating weekend and we leave Croft with a sense of what might have been yet again. Qualifying went really well and we had put ourselves right in the mix but our chances of success today were taken away from us. Getting caught up in the incident at the hairpin in Race One meant it was another recovery mission. We came through really strongly in Race Two, which again underlines that the pace and combination are there but we haven’t had the rub of the green as you can see yet again in Race Three. I’m looking forward to returning to Silverstone next weekend, a scene of happy memories last year, and hopeful that we can create some more this time around.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“I am so pleased for everyone today. Everyone involved in the team in every role deserves that victory, and Jake drove so dominantly to deliver it and I know how much it meant to him. For MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square, a BTCC outright win is a new territory and I want to thank Motorbase Performance and all our incredible partners for helping make it possible.”

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Croft awaits for MB Motorsport sponsored by Diamondbrite®

After yet more silverware for MB Motorsport sponsored by Diamondbrite last time out at Thruxton, a trip to Croft awaits the team as they look to continue their podium-scoring momentum.

An excellent performance from the Motorbase Performance-run squad in Hampshire rewarded them with their best result of the season so far – a second-place finish in the opening race of the weekend courtesy of Jake Hill.

Keen to continue their good form, the team arrives at Croft circuit near Darlington aiming to capitalise on their momentum and achieve a repeat of their fortunes upon the series’ last visit to the track twelve months ago – where they claimed two podium finishes from three events.

Entering the final stages of the 2021 championship, drivers Jake Hill and Ollie Jackson are determined to keep pushing for podium results and all-important points scores in a closely-contested championship.

Fair weather on Saturday coupled with the possibility of rain showers on Sunday sets up a thrilling contest around the 2.13-mile circuit. Often regarded as the truest all-round test on the BTCC calendar, the track incorporates long straights with tight, technical turns such as the hairpin at the final corner.

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

“We were unfortunate with our results at Thruxton but that gives me a renewed fire to come to Croft and get ourselves back up to the sharp end. The season really has flown by but we’ve still got 12 races left and I’m feeling confident heading into them.”

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

“I’m really looking forward to getting on track at Croft. We were on the podium twice last year in the Civic and we made good use of pre-season testing here earlier this year so I’m feeling good heading into the weekend. The championship battle is tight but I’m taking it race by race, round by round. This weekend is the start of a double-header for all of us so the aim is to make it a good one and carry that through to Silverstone.”

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

“The team have made the most of a short break and come to Croft fully-rested and ready for another weekend of action. We can be proud of our performance so far this year but we’re always hungry for more and I’m sure everyone will be giving it their all once again this weekend.”

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Podium performance at Thruxton for MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square

STORY OF THE DAY

Race One

  • After their front-row qualifying result on Saturday, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square looked to translate that a strong performance on Race Day
  • Lining up P2 and P20 for the first race respectively, Jake Hill and Ollie Jackson both made impressive starts to the first race
  • Jake made light work of despatching pole sitter Dan Rowbottom whilst Ollie climbed four places on the opening tour of the Hampshire circuit
  • At the chequered flag, Jake held firm to convert his P2 starting spot to his best race result of the season whilst Ollie moved up the order to P18

Race Two

  • Starting P2 and P18 in race two, the team were able to maintain their form
  • After the 16-lap contest, Jake crossed the line P4 and Ollie preserving his P18 spot

Race Three

  • After the reverse grid draw, Jake lined up P5 for the final race with Ollie keen to continue his push through the field
  • A fast start from Jake allowed him to progress to P4
  • Following a lengthy safety car period, Jake was firmly in the hunt for victory in the top-four battle
  • As both cars got stuck into battle, another safety car limited their chances to progress
  • An issue with the front right then forced Ollie into an early retirement and called out the safety car for its final appearance
  • In a quick three-lap sprint to the finish, Jake hounded Senna Proctor but was unable to find a way past and took the chequered flag in P4

Ollie Jackson – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“Sadly another difficult day for us as we never really got a chance to show what we could do. I was happy to make up some places in the first race and pushed hard in the second and third but couldn’t quite get the guys ahead. It was a shame to end the weekend with a retirement which adds to the disappointment. We’ll make use of this short couple of weeks and come back stronger at Croft.”

Jake Hill – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“After yesterday’s performance in qualifying, I was quite confident we could take full advantage of that and take it to the podium. The car felt very good all day and I was thrilled to take P2 in race one for our best result of the season. Our main aim was to get on the podium but we wanted a top-five finish in each race at the very least so I was pleased with P4 in races two and three. The championship is really closing up with little to separate us from second to fifth so it’s all to play for as we head to Croft.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“Well done to all of the team and everyone at Motorbase for another podium-scoring performance today. The margins were very close in all three races so the team should be pleased with their efforts and the results. Thruxton is a fast circuit where you’re on the edge all of the time so Jake’s podium is very well deserved. I feel for Ollie after his retirement but I know he’ll use that disappointment to bounce back at Croft in two weeks time.”

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ONWARDS AND UPWARDS AT LOUGHBOROUGH

Jewelultra’s Loughborough-based manufacturing and production facility has seen an unprecedented level of orders through the easing of lockdown. All our internal departments have been working well together, with production flowing swiftly through manufacturing, filling, kitting and dispatch, and our specialist export department has been kept very busy, which has seen us requiring additional staff.

Our on-site development department has also been busy, researching and producing a whole new Ceramic based cleaning and protection range, with more still to come. Although we have worked all through the lockdown period manufacturing and producing a range of sanitisers for the fight against COVID-19, we are moving back to what we know best, supporting our customers with our fantastic range of cleaning and surface
protection products.

A big thank you to all our production staff and customers for supporting us through this tempestuous last 18 months.

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DIAMONDBRITE ACADEMY & TAP TRAINING

Starting in October 2019 and finishing in May 2020, our UK and Export Training Manager David Beney started working with TAP part of QA Group, an industry-leading training company, to further his skills as a trainer and give him the skills required to further enhance the company’s training offering.

With all the courses taken to achieve a TAP diploma and a now recognised training qualification in the motor industry, this gives Jewelultra the knowledge and experience to be able to offer all our customers bespoke sales training and help maximise profit opportunities in all areas, focusing on everything from product knowledge, sales process, presentation skills, and everything in between.

David said, “it was an excellent experience, to add this qualification to my 28-year experience in the motor industry and will help me deliver the best possible training for our customers, thank you to John Boseley and Jewelultra for the opportunity and support, I look forward to further developing our training with our global key accounts over the coming years”.

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REV YOUR ENGINES FOR RALLYCROSS

On Saturday 29th May, the Diamondbrite branded Ford Escort driven by Paul Pascoe took to the tracks at Lydden Hill for the first round of the 2021 British Rallycross. The Escort has a newly rebuilt engine, new suspension, gearbox, and differential, plus the newly souped-up Sierra Cosworth driven by Paul’s father Steve featuring a new gearbox and differential also proved stiff competition against the other racers in the event. Although during this battle of the fast and furious Steve broke a suspension arm, both Paul and Steve qualified for the finals coming in 3rd and 4th respectively.

The finals on Monday 31st May saw a step up in the level of competition, with Paul and Steve finishing in 5th and 7th place at the end of the race. Although no podium spot this time, Paul remarked the Sierra is now an astonishing 8 seconds faster per lap on the same circuit with the same power, the father and son duo are now hoping for podiums and wins come August at Pembrey. Power is nothing without control!

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THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was a stunning success for Jewelultra, as spectators rushed to our stand to get a hold of our latest products on display. A big thanks to everyone who stopped by our stand between the 8th and 11th of July – including MB Motorsport and BTCC star Jake Hill who paid us a quick visit to pick up a few bargains before
winning the Touring Car Class in the Shootout in a Nissan Skyline R32 GTR with 700 bhp!

It was really great to meet so many fans and happy customers, and we should say a thanks to the sunshine too for making our free sunglasses such a smash hit! Top sellers were our quick detailing wax Ceramic Glaze and Xpress Waterless Wash and Wax which means you can clean a car without water and without scratches. We are looking forward to next year’s Festival of Speed already!

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Quartet of points finishes for MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square at Oulton Park

MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square put on a commanding battle on Sunday at Oulton Park, picking up a handful of strong points finishes and victory in the Manufacturers championship at the Cheshire circuit.

Another cloudy and overcast sky set the scene for the day’s racing with Jake Hill starting the first race of the day from P7 on the grid followed by Ollie Jackson in P17.

The championship’s resident fast starter, Ollie wasted little time in ascending the order – climbing a mammoth seven places on the opening lap alone. By the end of lap one, Jake and Ollie were line astern for the Motorbase Performance-run squad in P9 and P10, chomping at the bit to move further through the field.

Unfortunately, a five-second time penalty for Ollie hampered his chances but the pair continued to run inside the top ten until the red flag was shown on lap seven, following a heavy multi-car accident at the final corner.

After a lengthy delay to clear the track, both Jake and Ollie took the restart, with the latter dropped to the lower end of the order as a result of his penalty. Not one to hang about, Ollie once again made a lightning start to move up four places into P12 with Jake just ahead in P8 – the final result at the end of the morning’s running.

Following a lengthy delay to the start of race two, both Jake and Ollie made superb starts once again, climbing to P4 and P8 respectively on the first lap. Jake began to challenge for the podium places from there on but Ollie was unfortunately collected in an incident at Island hairpin, ending his race prematurely.

Nestled in the battle between the top five, Jake held off a stern charge from Shedden and then Moffatt behind all whilst keeping his eye on the podium battle just ahead. A valiant effort from the 26-year-old saw him hold on to claim P4 at the chequered flag and more valuable points in the championship.

The final race of the day soon approached with Jake starting the race from P6 on the grid following the reverse-grid draw and Ollie down in P26 after his earlier retirement. As the field made its way through Old Hall and down to Cascades, a chain of events led to another multi-car accident further down the order, with Ollie performing admirably to avoid the carnage as much as possible. After a second red flag stoppage in three races, the race restarted with yet more drama as reigning champion Ash Sutton found himself spun round on the exit of Old Hall – forcing Jake to take avoiding action and thus dropping him to P8.

A tidy move on the Toyota of Rory Butcher put Jake back into P7 and in hot pursuit of the leading six ahead of him. By lap four, Jake was hounding the Honda of Dan Rowbottom for sixth place – closing up to the Civic and running bumper-to-bumper but biding his time. Further back, Ollie was able to keep himself out of trouble to run in P19, up seven places from his original starting position of P26.

As the race drew on, the red flag was once again shown for a heavy crash between Butcher and Boardley. With the result declared, Jake held a firm defence against a late push Turkington behind whilst Ollie rounded out the day in P17 – climbing an excellent ten places from his starting position.

After today’s results, an overall victory in the Manufacturers Championship, the team occupy second in the Manufacturers table and sixth in the Teams championship. In the drivers, Jake holds fourth place and Ollie places 18th. The championship now heads north of the border to Knockhill with the Scottish circuit playing host to rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the calendar.

Ollie Jackson – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“Today was another case of what might’ve been. We showed we had the pace once again as we moved up the order in race one but the luck just wasn’t there to be collected in races two and three, sending our day off course. I can be confident heading to Knockhill that we can have a better performance there. Thanks as always to the team, they did a superb job repairing the car in time for race three.”

Jake Hill – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“Overall, I’m happy with how the day went. We scored decent points in all three races and looked strong throughout. Ultimately, the podium was our aim and we had a good chance to get there in race three but I had to step on the anchors to avoid Sutton at the start. We head to Knockhill with lots to look forward to, I absolutely love it there and can’t wait to see more fans lining the edge of the track.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
Well done to the team for a solid, points-scoring performance today. It was one of those days where simply finishing the race was a job well done so we can be pleased with four points finishes from six results. We’re improving every race and there’s plenty to look forward to on our return to Scotland in a couple of weeks time. As always, a huge thank you to Motorbase Performance for their efforts this weekend.”

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MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square enjoy strong start to Knockhill weekend

It is all to play for heading into tomorrow’s race day for MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square, after the Motorbase Performance run squad enjoyed a positive start to their weekend at Knockhill. Despite an interrupted qualifying session, the driving duo of Jake Hill and Ollie Jackson earned themselves P5 and P17 starting positions respectively to place them both firmly in the mix as they head into Sunday.

The MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square squad made their way north of the border for their annual trip to the much-loved Knockhill Circuit in a confident mood. Last season had brought positive results for Jake Hill at the track in his FK2 Honda Civic while Motorbase Performance also claimed an outright race victory at the same meeting.

In typical fashion, conditions were mixed at the start of the day as a downpour greeted Ollie and Jake as they took to the track for the first practice session of the day. As conditions flipped for the second half of the session, the drying track saw the whole grid searching for grip wherever possible. At the conclusion to the session, both Ollie and Jake found themselves in the top-ten, in P10 and P6 respectively.

A drier track provided the playground for session two as lap times fell substantially across the field. As ever, the BTCC grid was intensely competitive with less than a second separating the top twenty-three drivers. As the curtain fell on the morning’s proceedings, Ollie ended the session in P22, with Jake in P9.

Heading into qualifying, both drivers had their eyes on troubling the top-ten with the margins so fine once again. Ollie entered the session determined to bounce back after a couple of luckless weekends whilst Jake sought to make the most of the session in spite of his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST carrying 48kg of success ballast.

An early red-flag interrupted the opening exchanges and halted Ollie’s efforts on his flying lap. At the midway point, both Ollie and Jake were in and around the top-ten as they sought to convert their morning performances into grid position. Unfortunately, another red flag was waved with just under twelve minutes remaining causing the drivers to reassess once more.

Effectively faced with a ten-minute shootout for grid position, there looked to be some surprises on the cards. Ollie pushed to improve and did so with a 51.349 which placed him into P17 at the conclusion, just outside the points-paying positions with it all to play for tomorrow.

With the likes of Ash Sutton and Tom Ingram firmly placed inside the top-ten in the closing moments, there was a great deal of pressure on Jake’s final run – pressure which the Kent-based driver made light work of. Finding another chunk of time, Jake delivered a 51.021 which ultimately led the BRDC Superstar into P5 at the close, the quickest of the heavier cars on the grid.

Ollie Jackson – Qualified P17 – #48 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“It was a bit of a stop-start qualifying session today which didn’t really fall in our favour. Of course, I’d like to be a bit further up the grid but name me a driver that doesn’t! Most importantly, we are in and amongst it and I know we’ve got the car and the ability to really get in and amongst the frontrunners tomorrow, which is what I am looking to do.”

Jake Hill – Qualified P5 – #24 MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“It’s been another really positive day here at Knockhill. The final moments of qualifying were a bit tense as it’s always so tight around here but we’ve got to be really happy where we’ve ended up. Despite the weight, we’ve qualified inside the top seven at every meeting so far. We know what is ahead of us tomorrow and what we need to do.”

Mark Blundell – Sporting Director, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square:
“The team has delivered another strong performance today. You can’t underestimate how tight the margins are in qualifying around here. Ollie will have his eyes forward tomorrow on race day and I’m confident that he’ll be able to get the results that his pace deserves. For Jake, to qualify in P5 with that weight is fantastic and he just needs to focus on another clean race day tomorrow. Yet again, the Motorbase Performance squad have done a great job and we’re fully focused on having another successful day at the office tomorrow.”

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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: [email protected]

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