Motorbase Performance announced Monday it will take a sabbatical from GT3 racing, in order to focus on its growing British Touring Car Championship program in 2017.
The British squad has made a name for itself in both the Blancpain GT Series and British GT Championship over recent years, but has now taken the decision to put both of its Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3s up for sale.
Motorbase won the British GT Championship in 2012 with a Porsche 997 GT3-R but since then has campaigned Aston Martins in both British GT and Blancpain GT Series, under both the Motorbase and Oman Racing Team banners.
In 2016, the Oman Racing Team entry in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup was the only Aston Martin in the series. It was driven by Jonny Adam, Ahmad Al Harthy, Devon Modell and Darren Turner throughout the season.
“We’ve enjoyed five fantastic years racing in the GT world – taking both the overall Driver and Team Championship crowns in the British GT Championship and podiums in the Blancpain Endurance Cup and Gulf 12 Hours,” said team boss David Bartrum.
“We’ve raced with and against some great people in that time and it’s by no means the end of sports car racing for Motorbase, but I feel that it’s the right time for us to regroup and to put all of our efforts into building on last season’s BTCC success.”
The team will expand into a three-car BTCC operation next year with Ford Focus STs.