It’s here, the final race weekend of the series!
Team BMW head to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch with the aim of taking a clean sweep of series titles.
Brands Hatch is known as one of Britain’s best-loved motor racing circuits. Its unique combination of dips, cambers, fearsome corners and hills means it is still one of the world’s most renowned racing venues. The BTCC has been going to Brands Hatch since the series began back in 1958.
Battle for Top Spot!
The WSR-run team head the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ points tables and have Colin Turkington second in the Drivers’ Championship and raring to go; “The buzz about this weekend is incredible and I’m raring to get going,” said Turkington. “Once we arrive at Brands on Friday it’s game on and I can assure you I will be giving it everything I have.” Northern Irishman Colin sits just 10 points away from the championship lead with 67 available, and must carry 66kg success ballast for the finale race.
Hopes are of course high for Colin Turkington who has won three times this year, and has fantastic memories of the track as it was the scene of his 2009 and 2014 BTCC title successes; both achieved in WSR BMWs. He added; “Everything we’ve worked for over the season comes down to this weekend and I’ll be giving it my all to win a third BTCC title. The BMW has been incredibly consistent on all types of circuit and this boosts my confidence. What will matter on the day is having the skills and experience of winning championships.”
After 27 races of a dramatic season that has taken many twists and turns, not least with the unexpected injury to Team BMW’s Rob Collard at Silverstone just two weeks ago. Collard, who lies fifth in the points table, is thankfully fighting fit after making a speedy recovery from the incident in which he was an innocent victim. Sadly the car suffered significant damage, meaning the WSR team have spent the past 10 days building up a 125i M Sport around a spare shell. Physical Digital were delighted to be able help WSR with their measurement and alignment in this process. Team BMWnow have the car ready for Brands Hatch this weekend and Collard is back and raring to go. Rob carries 39kg success ballast as he aims to add to the seven podiums he’s already scored this year.
Rob Collard said: “What happened at Silverstone was a massive blow to my championship, but despite a huge incident I’m race-fit and ready for Brands Hatch. The team has done an incredible job to build a new car for me in just over a week, so I’m hoping to say thank you by finishing my season on a high.
BMW Pirtek Racing are also aiming to end the BTCC on a high. Andrew Jordan has won three times in 2017 in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport including an opening-round victory on the shorter Brands Hatch Indy circuit in April; his results helping BMW to enter the final event of the season at the head of the Manufacturers’ Championship. Jordon won the BTCC drivers’ title at the Kent circuit in 2013 and currently lies eighth in the points table in this series, while BMW Pirtek Racing are sixth in the Teams’ Championship.
Andrew Jordon said: “It’s been a year of ups and downs in my first year in a rear-wheel-drive car. Three wins proves how much we’ve learnt together and that the speed is definitely there in the BMW, but a lot of bad luck has prevented us from consistently fighting for the top step of the podium. Brands Hatch is a circuit I enjoy immensely and there’s probably no bigger challenge as a BTCC driver than nailing a perfect lap here. Winning the BTCC title here in 2013 is the highlight of my career so far and I’ll definitely be aiming for at least a podium finish this weekend.”
As usual, the Physical Digital team will be there this weekend in full force to support West Surrey Racing, Team BMW and all the drivers. It's been a fantastic season, we have loved being a partner and sponsor and we look forward to seeing the best possible outcome for all involved at WSR this weekend at Brands Hatch!