Three races, three places!
The first event of the BTCC season saw three podium places for the West Surrey Racing drivers, including a first place for Andrew Jordan and second places for both Rob Collard and Colin Turkington. After a rain-hit practice and qualifying day, the sun came out for Sunday’s race action, creating fast conditions perfect for a thrilling show-down.
Physical Digital’s Founder and CEO, Tim Rapley, was delighted to attend the first round of the BTCC 2017 action, having provided technical sponsorship for the West Surrey Racing team. Physical Digital has already conducted 3D scanning of the BMW engine and will support West Surrey Racing throughout the season with further metrology-based projects. Rapley commented: “It was a thrilling start to the season, with podium slots for all three drivers. This promises to be a fantastic season and we are delighted to be supporting West Surrey Racing: the team is so dedicated and hard-working, their ethos fits so well with our approach at Physical Digital.”
Colin Turkington’s Race 1 was marred by an early clash with Matt Neal’s number 25 Honda, which put him out of the race before it had started, with damage to his left-rear suspension. From there, Turkington was forced to start Race 2 at the back of the 32-strong grid. Rob Collard, by contrast, had gained ground from his first race starter position at 15th, ending 7th in the first race of the day. Andrew Jordan in Team BMW with Pirtek’s #77 car came home in sixth place, as the Lichfield racer found his rhythm with the rear-wheel drive BMW.
The end of Race 2 saw Rob Collard standing on the second step of the podium, just below winner Gordon Shedden. Hampshire-based Rob climbed from seventh place to second to take the first trophy of the 2017 season for West Surrey Racing’s BMW team.
Rob Collard's BMW car #5
Colin Turkington proved his mettle as he carved his way from place 32 to an eventual finish in 9th place, setting the race’s fastest lap on the way. Andrew Jordan again gained sixth slot, putting him in an excellent position for the last race of the day.
As the chequered flag signalled the end of Race 3, it was an incredible first and second place for West Surrey Racing, with Andrew Jordan in the BMW Pirtek Racing 125i M Sport car from Colin Turkington in the #5 BMW.
Andrew Jordan celebrates his maiden win for BMW and West Surrey Racing
Starting in third position, Jordan pushed ahead from the first corner and maintained that lead throughout the whole of the 24-lap race, to claim victory on his maiden event with West Surrey Racing. Turkington pressed hard at the end of the race but chose not to “do anything silly” to jeopardise the chances of an amazing one-two for West Surrey Racing’s BMW teams. Rob Collard ended the day’s racing in a respectable 6th place, giving a solid start to the season for the 13-time BTCC race winner.
The combined skill and racecraft of all three drivers earned West Surrey Racing’s BMW teams the top slot for the Manufacturers’ standings, as well as the Manufacturers’ Award for the first event at Brands Hatch. Dick Bennetts, West Surrey Racing Team Principal, hailed the success of the weekend, acknowledging that it was: “an excellent team result and a just reward for the long hours and hard work put in by everyone at WSR over the past few weeks.”
The second event of the season takes place at Donington Park, with races 4-6 occurring over 15th and 16th April.
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