Motorbase BTCC and GT squad safe despite industrial complex fire

The Motorbase Performance British Touring Car Championship team has been unaffected by a huge fire on the Kent industrial estate where it is based

Motorbase BTCC and GT squad safe despite industrial complex fire

The blaze broke out on Sunday night at the Tower Industrial Estate in Wrotham at 1800hrs and blustery conditions meant it quickly spread through buildings on the site.

"I went to bed on Sunday night not knowing if I still had a business or whether everything had been razed to the ground," team boss David Bartrum told Motorsport News.

"I went to the scene but the emergency services wouldn't let us anywhere near it.

"It was a huge blaze - there were 12 fire engines called and roads were closed to stop the traffic coming through. There was so much smoke.

"The buildings in front of our workshop have completely gone and the building to the right of our workshop has been destroyed too.

"We were very lucky."

Bartrum's team ran Mat Jackson to four wins in the 2015 British Touring Car Championship and has signed '13 champion Andrew Jordan to race for it next year.

Motorbase Performance's Aston Martin GT3s are currently in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Gulf 12 Hours, which takes place on Friday, December 11.

Photo: David Bartrum

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