More records and the 'King of Croft' title for West Surrey Racing!
West Surrey Racing’s Colin Turkington cemented his title as ‘King of Croft’ by gaining another victory in the fifth round of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at the weekend. Team mates Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan secured valuable points to move up the championship ladder, while Team BMW, run by West Surrey Racing (WSR), now heads the BTCC Drivers’ Championship.
Halfway through the 2017 BTCC season, BMW is sitting pretty at the top of the Team Standings, while BMW/WSR are also in first place of the Manufacturers’/Constructors’ Standings.
Qualifying Saturday 10th June
A multi-car accident during the qualifying race on Saturday resulted in three drivers receiving treatment in hospital. Aron Taylor-Smith suffered a broken leg and concussion but was released on Saturday night. Jeff Smith and rookie driver Luke Davenport remain in hospital receiving treatment. Physical Digital wishes each of the drivers a full and speedy recovery.
As a result of the accident, the rear of Andrew Jordan’s #77 BMW was badly damaged. Physical Digital Founder and CEO Tim Rapley played his part in getting Andrew Jordan’s BMW back on the road.
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal of West Surrey Racing, said “We’ve pulled together as a team to achieve the near-impossible and Andrew’s scored three very solid top-10 finishes, which is a good reward for the guys. We’ve had a lot of help to achieve this, such as Tim Rapley from our technical partner, Physical Digital, driving nearly 300 miles overnight to bring us body panels, arriving here at 1am this morning, and to Willie Poole, who builds our shells, so huge thanks go to everyone that helped. The results are a testament to the hard work of everybody involved.”
Tim says, “On Saturday I was in contact with the West Surrey Racing team after the crash made a mess of the rear of Andrew Jordan’s car. They needed some extra parts from their base in Sunbury-on-Thames, so I collected them and drove to Croft overnight. The team worked hard to ensure that Andrew could compete on Sunday and I was glad I could help out.”
Race 13 (first race of Croft)
From second place on the grid, Colin Turkington battled strongly against Ashley Sutton throughout the first race, never more than a few tenths of a second behind the Subaru. At the chequered flag, Colin drove his #4 into second place in Race 1, narrowly missing first place from Ashley Sutton’s #116.
Rob Collard gained a fourth-place finish in the first race, while Andrew Jordan achieved sixth, both gaining important points for their championship bid.
In the second race, Colin Turkington reversed the Race 1 top two places, coming in first ahead of Ashley Sutton’s #116 Subaru. With this Race Two victory, Northern Irishman Colin clocked up a record-breaking dozen wins at the Yorkshire circuit, rightly earning him the title ‘King of Croft’. This in turn makes it 50 wins for BMW with WSR in the BTCC, ten years since the first win also gained by Colin Turkington at Croft.
Other records achieved include 75 overall wins for WSR in the BTCC, a record 12 for Turkington at Croft and a record 17 for WSR at Croft. This confirms WSR’s title as most successful team in the BTCC series at the Yorkshire circuit.
Rob Collard also claimed a podium place, coming third in Race Two. This maintains his amazing record of a podium finish for every round during the 2017 BTCC season so far. Andrew Jordan claimed fifth place.
In the third race, Matt Neal’s #25 pushed Rob Collard off the circuit and put paid to his hopes for a podium finish. The final Race Three places were: Colin Turkington 6, Andrew Jordan 7, Rob Collard 8.
The BTCC takes a break until the end of July, making the standings at the halfway point:
Rob Collard 2nd
Colin Turkington 3rd
Andrew Jordan 7th
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