Motul to become Primary Partner to new-look Toyota Gazoo Racing UK
Global lubricant giant steps up commitment ahead of forthcoming BTCC campaign
Speedworks-run outfit extends successful relationship with Witham Motorsport
Two-year agreement will see prominent Motul branding on team’s Toyota Corollas
Toyota Gazoo Racing UK will enter the 2021 British Touring Car Championship with a striking new look and a new Primary Partner, as global automotive lubricant giant Motul ramps up its involvement with the Speedworks Motorsport-run squad in the country’s premier motor racing series.
Through its official UK importer and distributor, Witham Motorsport – a sub-division of acclaimed lubricant manufacturer, The Witham Group, which marks its centenary this year – Motul has supplied Cheshire-based Speedworks with its premium-quality, high-performance and high-tech oils and fluids since 2014, initially as a Lubricant Partner before growing into a Subsidiary Partner and now a fully-fledged Technical and Primary Partner, in a fresh two-year agreement.
The forthcoming campaign will represent the eighth consecutive season for the long-standing collaboration, and comes at a pivotal moment for Toyota Gazoo Racing UK, which is doubling up to become a two-car effort for the first time with a brace of Toyota Corollas for 2019 BTCC Independents’ Champion Rory Butcher and series returnee Sam Smelt.
The full livery – featuring prominent Motul branding – will be revealed later this month, before Butcher and Smelt take to the track for pre-season testing. The racing action is due to get underway in earnest at Thruxton in Hampshire on 8/9 May, with almost 20 million viewers traditionally tuning in on ITV4.
Christian Dick, Team Principal, Toyota Gazoo Racing UK, commented:
“It goes without saying that we are delighted to extend our relationship with Motul and Witham Motorsport to what will be nine years by the end of 2022. A phenomenal amount of hard work has gone in to bring this all together – in what are obviously distinctly challenging times at present – and for that, I would like to thank everybody involved.
“Motul and Witham have been loyal partners on our journey in the BTCC as we have developed from a midfield contender into a multiple race-winner and regular title challenger in recent seasons, and the outstanding performance and efficiency of Motul’s products has been a key factor in that progress. Both companies have become very much part of the Speedworks family.
“Motul is a world-renowned organisation with a strong heritage in the sport, having featured at the very highest levels in touring car, sportscar and motorbike racing, and its reputation for excellence is thoroughly well-deserved. We are all tremendously excited to embark upon the new BTCC campaign together, and look forward to showing off Motul’s branding on our two Toyota Corollas over the coming months as its first-class lubricants continue to do the business underneath the bonnet.”
Richard Scarbrough, Sales Director, Witham Motorsport, said:
“We are immensely proud to have strengthened our ties with Toyota Gazoo Racing UK, and at such an exciting time for the team, too! It has been an excellent relationship since day one, and it has been hugely rewarding to witness the vital role played by Motul lubricants in a sport in which hundredths if not indeed thousandths-of-a-second make all the difference – especially in a series as ultra-competitive as the BTCC.
“Speedworks has always been a well-oiled operation, and we have enjoyed a long and successful partnership to-date. This two-year extension and promotion to Primary Partner now presents us with a golden opportunity to truly grow the Motul brand in the UK, which is one of our major objectives. It is the first time that Motul will be a leading sponsor in the BTCC, and we genuinely cannot think of a better team or platform – or, indeed, any better way to celebrate Witham Motorsport’s milestone 100th anniversary.”
Günter Steven, Head of Sales Export Central and Eastern Europe, added:
“We are proud and delighted to be continuing our relationship with Speedworks Motorsport, and thrilled that Motul is the team’s Primary Partner this year. We cannot wait to get the BTCC campaign underway and look forward to seeing Toyota Gazoo Racing UK back on-track during the season ahead.”
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ABOUT MOTUL AND WITHAM MOTORSPORT
MOTUL Motul has a long history in the automotive world, having been established in 1853 and developing the first multigrade engine lubricant in 1953. 1966 was a hallmark year in Motul’s pursuit of invention with the creation of ‘Century 2100’ – the inaugural first semi synthetic oil, hailed by the whole automotive sphere as the industry’s next catalyst to high performance.
In 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines based on technology from the aeronautical industry. 300v was born, and using today’s technology, is considered as the benchmark in motorsports.
Motul continues to develop its lubricant technology today and is involved in the triumphs of many global racing teams from the Dakar Rally to Goodwood Revival. Motul has also developed strong technical agreements and co-operation with some of the world's most quality-minded and reliable Original Equipment Manufacturers, as well as premium high-performance engineering companies.
WITHAM MOTORSPORT Witham Group has been a manufacturer of award-winning lubricants and paints for 100 years. Witham Motorsport is part of the Witham Group and used to capture its love for cars and racing and involvement in many different motorsport industries throughout the UK. A huge part of Witham Motorsport is the unique relationship it has with the lubricant giant Motul and is immensely proud to be the sole UK Importer and Distributor of Motul Automotive Products.
The unique Motul and Witham Motorsport Partnership has unrivalled expertise, and is able to offer outstanding quality and proven, reliable engine lubricants, greases, brake fluids, gear oils, cleaning products, classic and vintage oils as well as the latest technology care systems and paint products with confidence and pride. Witham Motorsport provides the whole range of Motul Automotive Products throughout the UK, working closely with stockists, distributors, workshop, garages, direct customers, and the racing industry. The automotive market is an exciting arena where top class products are required to ensure performance and reliability and our reputation across the line is second to none.
People and good service, as well as quality products, is at the heart of the Witham Motul Partnership able to help with technical advice on lubricants and also offer next day delivery to individuals via its online shop.
For further information, contact:
MOTUL – www.motul.com Callum Goodland – Area Manager UK & Ireland
+44 (0)7712 543152