Special Feature : Bartrum has sights set on success for Airwaves BMW
Wed 31st March 2010 Airwaves BMW boss David Bartrum will be blogging on BTCCPages.com throughout the 2010. In his first post, he gives us an insight into the past few months at Motorbase's Kent HQ as well as his ambitions for the forthcoming season.
By Matt Lamprell
Late in 2009, it looked like one name we would not be seeing on the BTCC grid in 2010 was ‘Airwaves BMW’. The Wrigley’s chewing gum brand pulled its involvement in both touring cars and superbikes after a change of ownership.
Motorbase Performance Team Principal David Bartrum explains: "We got a letter from Airwaves saying they were withdrawing – no other reason than a change of owner I think. It’s not something the Wrigley’s guys wanted to do. It meant we spent a lot of time during the winter trying to find a sponsor, which is very hard at the moment."
However, a change of plan sees the Airwaves brand back on the Motorbase BMWs in 2010 and it’s all change for the team’s driver line-up, even if half of the pairing is well known to Bartrum.
"We’ve got Steven Kane and Mat Jackson – and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a dream line-up. Getting Mat on board, who’s a proven BMW driver, is a really big thing for us. To get Steven back in the car as well is another good thing. It means we’ve got someone in the car that knows the team backwards. He’s been driving for me for five years in Carrera Cup, GTs and all sorts. We’ve always done very well with Steven Kane."
Motorbase may have two cars on the grid for this weekend’s opening rounds at Thruxton, but it’s all come together quite late in the day Bartrum’s outfit, which has left them somewhat on the back foot.
"We went to Brands Hatch for the press day and that was really our first test. We don’t know the new tyre and we don’t know how the car starts off the line with the new first gear.
"But after all that, it’s great to be here. We’ve got Airwaves on board, we’ve got Leyland Paints and we’ve got quite a few other people on the car. Without all of them, we wouldn’t be on the grid."
You can read more from David Bartrum in the first of his exclusive blog posts here on BTCCPages.com – click here for the blog!