Oulton Park Produces 150th Podium Place for Team BMW!
Physical Digital, the leading 3D scanning company, provided West Surrey Racing with high-accuracy data captured from their BMW B48 engine in order for the team to make engineering adjustments and to gain the external dimensions. Now West Surrey Racing is celebrating its 150th podium place with the BMW marque, 10 years after it gained its first!
Oulton Park was the setting for a remarkable British Touring Car Championship win for Andrew Jordan and the 150th podium slot for Team BMW run by WSR in the BTCC, courtesy of Rob Collard’s second place in the second race.
Rob Collard’s superb finish in Race Two was complemented by a fifth place in Race One and sixth in Race Three, meaning that the Hampshire-based driver is now lying second in the Drivers’ Championship. The podium was Rob’s fourth of the 2017 season, giving a marvellous average of one podium finish per round of the close-fought championship at round 4 out of 10 in the BTCC.
Victor’s laurels for Andrew Jordan!
In the first race of the day, Andrew Jordan claimed his second victory of the season, less than a second ahead of Matt Neal’s Honda. Starting in position 2 on the grid, Jordan powered into the lead from turn one, maintaining that position for the whole race to come home with the 18th BTCC win of his career.
The race one victory meant that the 27-year-old took on the maximum 75kg success ballast for the second race, in which he gained a fifth place and more valuable points for his championship bid. Andrew was then drawn at the front row of the grid for the reversed-grid third race, looking impressive in the front of the pack until the safety car was brought in and he lost the advantage at the restart, ultimately achieving third place on the podium and climbing from 12th to 7th in the Drivers’ Championship.
Meanwhile, Colin Turkington’s excellent fourth place start in Race 1 was scuppered by an incident between his #4 rear-wheel BMW and Aiden Moffat’s #16 Mercedes-Benz which damaged the front of the car. With his BMW 125i M Sport starved of power due to an air blockage in the engine, the Northern Irishman finished a frustrating 29th, leaving him at the back of the grid for Race 2.
Showing his customary grit and determination, Turkington battled up 16 places from 29 to finish 13th in the second race, adding more points when he gained fifth place in the final race of the day despite the knock-on effects of the incident in race one.
As a result of the weekend, BMW is leading the Manufacturers’ Championship and Team BMW (Rob Collard’s and Colin Turkington’s team) is currently in second place, only 11 points behind the leaders Halfords Yuasa Racing.
The current BTCC Drivers’ Championship positions after Oulton Park:
Gordon Shedden 1
Rob Collard 2
Tom Ingram 3
Colin Turkington 4
Andrew Jordan 7
The next round of the BTCC takes place at Croft, Yorkshire, on 10th and 11th June.
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