Team BMW ready for title decider

Team BMW ready for title decider

With the weekend finale upon us, we look forward to joining WSR in support of Team BMW and BMW Pirtek as the BTCC season comes to a close. The teams are busy preparing for their final race weekend of the year and it promises to be another nailbiter as the teams battle it out for for the championship!

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Team BMW ready for BTCC title decider

Team BMW aim for a treble title success as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship reaches its climax at Brands Hatch this weekend.

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Heading the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’ points tables with just three races remaining at the former British Grand Prix venue, the WSR-run BMW 125i M Sports are being primed for their most important event of the season.

Northern Irishman Colin Turkington has finished on the podium 10 times in 2018 – more than any other driver – and his remarkable consistency has kept him at the head of the Drivers’ standings since Rockingham in August.

The Portadown driver, who holds a 34-point advantage over his nearest challenger with 67 available, is no stranger to final-weekend deciders, having won the 2009 and 2014 BTCC crowns in similar circumstances at the same circuit.

Colin will be partnered by BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard, who claimed a magnificent front-row start last time out at Silverstone and followed that up with a maiden podium finish and the Jack Sears Trophy for the event.

The driver from Eversley, Hampshire, continues to substitute for his father Rob, who has sat out the final four rounds of the season as he recovers from a concussion sustained at Snetterton.

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Team BMW’s advantage at the head of the Teams’ Championship is 64 points with 111 available while BMW lead the Manufacturers’ title race by 88, also with 111 available.

The Brands Hatch triple-header on September 29-30 is the last of 10 events in this year’s BTCC, which takes in nine circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.

Colin Turkington said: “I’m counting down the days to Brands Hatch; I’m just so ready. Yes, there will be pressure, but if you’ve prepared mentally and physically, you have nothing to worry about. It takes years of experience and mental training to be able to control the emotions that creep in on these big days, but needing to go out and do the job ignites another level of performance from me. I’ve had some of the best races of my career at this circuit and I’ll be doing everything I can to improve on that. As a team we’ve been in constant dialogue since Silverstone and we’re leaving nothing to chance. I’m confident in the BMW and the exceptional team I have around me. Believe me, after the disappointment of last year, we’re going all-out to come home with the trophy.”

Ricky Collard said: “Since coming into Team BMW, my role has been to learn the car, do whatever I can to support Colin in his quest for the Drivers’ title and score as many points as possible for the Teams’ Championship. Nothing changes at Brands Hatch in that respect, although with the results we achieved at Silverstone, I’m placing far more expectation on myself. We’re coming into the weekend leading all three championships and we intend to win them too. That’s going to take a lot of focus and hard work, but that’s something this team knows all about. We’re in a good position.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “We’ve been in this position several times and on both previous occasions where Colin has come into the final weekend leading the Drivers’ Championship, he’s won it. While you can’t rely on the past to help you with what’s ahead of you, we look back at those experiences as well as the times when we’ve come out second-best, and we learn from them. All that helps you to grow as a team and build an environment to keep on coming back year after year and challenge for the big prize. I must say that this years Championship is one of, if not the most competitive that we have encountered in our 22 years of the BTCC. The aim, naturally, is to win the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’ Championships and we’re confident in our ability to get the job done.”

BMW Pirtek Racing aim to end year on a high

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan aims to end the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on a high with a strong performance at the Brands Hatch season finale this weekend.

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The 29-year-old Lichfield driver lies seventh in the Drivers’ standings, but is just 19 points away from a top-three spot with 67 available from the triple-header at the iconic Kent venue.

Andrew has finished inside the top five on 13 occasions in 2018 in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport; his speed and consistency helping BMW to the head of the Manufacturers’ Championship with just this weekend’s races remaining.

The 2.6-mile Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit – which hosted Formula 1 from 1964-1986 – is regarded as one of the most challenging circuits in the UK, and one that rewards precise driving as well as a well-balanced car.

It was also the scene of Andrew’s career highlight as he secured the BTCC title there on a dramatic and wet raceday in 2013.

The Brands Hatch triple-header on September 29-30 is the last of 10 events in this year’s BTCC, which takes in nine circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.

Andrew Jordan said: “There are two key aims for me at Brands Hatch. The first is to help BMW win the Manufacturers’ title, like last year, and the second is to be on the money right out of the blocks – as we have been at the past few events – score big points and end the season on a high. I’m seventh in the championship, but the gap to the top three is smaller than the number of points you get for a win, so that’s definitely achievable if we can turn the kind of pace we’ve had recently into solid results. It would be great get another win to add to the one we scored at Knockhill and the BMW’s definitely capable of doing that this weekend.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “As a whole, 2018 has been a strong year for BMW Pirtek Racing; and in recent events especially, Andrew has been one of the consistently fastest drivers, as the win at Knockhill proved. That makes him an incredibly strong asset to have this weekend as we aim to deliver another Manufacturers’ Championship for BMW. He’s easily capable of finishing in the top three overall and this would be a great way to end the season.”

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Credits: Written by Jamie O'Leary from Top Step Communications, on behalf of West Surrey Racing. 

 




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