Ford Focus (2011–)
In 2011 the team raced as Airwaves Racing and ran a trio of Ford Focus STs, which were previously ran by Team Aon the previous year. Although the chassis was built to the S2000 specification, the team used the turbo charged NGTC Engine. Mat Jackson stayed with the team for a second consecutive season and was joined by rookie Liam Griffin. At the Rockingham and Brands Hatch rounds, the team entered a third car for Porsche Carrera Cup frontrunner Michael Caine. However, he was replaced in the third car at Silverstone by two-time British Touring Car Champion, James Thompson.
In 2012 the team raced under the banner of Redstone Racing, and continued to race with the three Ford Focus STs. Mat Jackson yet again stayed with the team for a third consecutive season. Liam Griffin returned for his second consecutive season with the team. The pair were joined by former Renault Clio Cup racer, Árón Smith. After a fire in Griffins S2000 Focus meant they were a car short Motorbase built their first car; a NGTC specification global Ford Focus ST Mk.III. This car won its first race at the Silverstone meeting in the hands of Mat Jackson.
For 2013 Airwaves will return as the main sponsor for the team. The team will retain Mat Jackson and Aron Smith who will both drive new NGTC turbocharged Focus ST MkIII while Liam Griffin will continue with the team driving the older S2000 spec turbocharged Focus ST MkII.
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