After a pretty special weekend to remember in the blazing sunshine at Oulton Park, read the latest race reports from Camp WSR, courtesy of Top Step Comms.
Team BMW head BTCC points after Oulton double
Team BMW lead the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after a magnificent double victory for drivers Colin Turkington and Rob Collard at Oulton Park.
Colin’s first victory of the year came in Race Two while Rob’s Race Three win was part of an incredible 1-2-3 finish for BMW 125i M Sports run by WSR.
Team BMW’s huge points haul netted them the Teams’ Trophy for the weekend and put them at the top of the championship while Colin has taken over the lead of the Drivers’ points table and BMW head the Manufacturers’ standings.
Remarkably, it also meant that WSR BMWs have been victorious at Oulton Park for five consecutive seasons in the BTCC.
Starting sixth in Race Two, the Northern Irishman picked off his rivals one-by-one and claim his 46th career victory. A number of strong overtaking moves in the other two races gave him sixth and third on a sun-drenched day in Cheshire.
Rob’s leap into the lead of Race Three with a trademark rocket start, but was forced to repeat the feat after a multi-car incident brought out the red flags and caused a re-start from original grid positions.
He controlled the field from the front to take his first win of 2018 and the 15th of his BTCC career.
Colin Turkington said: “What an amazing day for the Team BMW. Two wins and leading the championship; it doesn’t get much better than that. On a personal level, it feels great to get my first win of the year because the level of competition in the BTCC just seems to be going up and up so to have the kind of performance we’ve put in today shows what an incredible team we have here. To be part of a 1-2-3 for WSR on the podium, with both Rob and I on the podium, is a great feeling too.”
Rob Collard said: “It feels so good to get the monkey off my back and take my first win since Thruxton last year. Honestly, I’ve felt comfortable with the car since FP1 and it’s just been a case of fine-tuning every time we went out. I knew we had the set-up spot on for Race Three with the soft tyres, and the reduced race distance meant I didn’t have to manage the rubber either, which was another help. I’m back in the mix now and that feels very good indeed.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Everyone at Team BMW can feel very proud of the job they’ve done to achieve these results. Colin and Rob scored a win each, which they thoroughly deserved, we’ve taken the lead of the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’ Championships and scored a 1-2-3 finish for WSR-run cars in the final race. It doesn’t get much better than this. Colin and Rob have both driven extremely well and I’m sure these results are going to help both of them as we head towards Croft and the halfway point of the season.”
Double podium for BMW Pirtek Racing
Andrew Jordan kicked his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship challenge back into life with a superb double-podium finish for BMW Pirtek Racing at Oulton Park.
The 2013 BTCC champion finished in a season’s-best second place in the final race of the day as part of an incredible 1-2-3 finish for WSR-run BMW 125i M Sports, adding to third and fourth spots in the earlier two encounters.
Those results added up to a 45-point haul for the 29-year-old from Lichfield, Staffordshire, that was beaten by only one other driver and helped him to climb four spots to 11th place in the championship table.
Andrew’s results, which came after consistent race pace throughout the day and a number of strong overtaking moves, also helped BMW re-take the lead of the Manufacturers’ points table and brought BMW Pirtek Racing up to eighth in the Teams’ standings.
Andrew Jordan said: “I’m so pleased with how this weekend has gone. To finish in the top four in all three races is so difficult in the BTCC and to be on the podium twice is a great feeling. If I’m honest, I feel like this has been coming for a while and it’s a bit of a relief that I now have a set of results that really represent how hard everyone’s worked and the kind of pace we have in the car in race trim. This sets us up nicely for Croft.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “This has been a very good weekend for BMW Pirtek Racing. AJ’s driven beautifully and all the mechanics and engineers and the staff from our technical partners have worked flat-out to achieve this, so they all deserve this. It’s been a real team effort today as we’ve been able to take some little set-up elements we’ve found on the other cars and use them on AJ’s BMW and vice versa and the result is a 1-2-3 finish in the last race.”