23 Mar Butel shows off his new colours
Jerseyman Jack Butel pulled the covers off his 2016 MSA Formula single-seater at Rockingham for the MSA Formula season launch on 23 April.
The stunning Ford Eco-boost powered car will carry the striking red, white and black of Yuasa Batteries, one of the principle supporters for Jacks year ahead. Butel will be driving for JHR Developments for his second season in the fiercely competitive MSA Formula Championship.
The 20-year-old had a steep learning curve in his first season but as the year developed the St Saviour resident gained momentum notching up four top-10 finishes in the run to the end of the year, with a solid sixth overall at Silverstone last September.
The MSA Formula Series is a popular part of the TOCA package, which supports the action-packed Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. The series will tour the country from Thruxton in Hampshire to Knockhill in Fife, Scotland, with the season culminating at Brands Hatch, Kent in October.
Yuasa are no strangers to British motorsport having helped power the Honda Yuasa Racing team to several manufactures titles and three drivers titles for Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden in the BTCC. Jack’s new colours will be based on the classic championship winning Honda Yuasa Racing Civics, which motorsport fans worldwide will instantly recognise.
Yuasa have a long and proud motorsport heritage, and alongside their title sponsorship of the works Honda BTCC team the battery manufacturer has been a major sponsor of MotoGP’s Repsol Honda Team and rider Marc Marquez since 2014.
Speaking at the MSA Formula Series Launch Day, James Douglas, Marketing Executive for Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) Ltd. said: “We are pleased to be joining Jack Butel as one of his main sponsors for the 2016 MSA Formula Championship. After a fantastic run of results at the end of last season he is definitely a driver to watch out for, and we are excited to see what he can achieve.
“Jack is really beginning to make his mark on the series and we are delighted he will be racing under the Yuasa banner this year. Jack will race in our iconic Yuasa racing livery, and we are confident that his car will stand out when on the track, it is fantastic that we will feature so prominently in another race series on the TOCA package.
“As the world’s leading battery manufacturer our motorsport sponsorship programme is key to maintaining our brand profile whilst reflecting our own core values of performance, reliability and quality.”
Jack Butel is delighted to have Yuasa on board, he said: “I am excited that leading battery firm Yuasa have joined us for the 2016 season. To have such a big brand backing me is a great feeling and I look forward to working with them to achieve our goals in the new season ahead. My new car livery looks fantastic and I am proud to be sporting such a famous and iconic motorsport design.
“My race pace was good last year and this year with a season under my belt I hope to be qualifying higher up the grid to be consistently running in the top 10. My hopes for this year are to break into the top five and then onto the podium. With the knowledge, data and experience I have, this has to be our target and we have to hit the ground running right from the off. I can’t wait to get started!”
Butel will now continue his pre-season preparation ahead of the championship opener at Brands Hatch on April 3. To follow Jack’s progress and all the Yuasa motorsport action visit www.yuasa.co.uk/motorsport. Follow @butelracing96 on Twitter or Jack Butel on Facebook.