Ricky Collard and Colin Turkington each scored a podium finish as Team BMW enjoyed a superb Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship raceday at Silverstone.
Colin’s third place in Race Three ensured that he heads to season finale leading the Drivers’ Championship while Ricky’s maiden BTCC podium meant that Team BMW were the highest points-scorers across the weekend and increased their advantage in the Teams’ title race.
Starting a career-best second on the Race One grid, Ricky was among the front-runners throughout. The 22-year-old from Eversley, Hampshire, took the chequered flag in third place in what was only his third BTCC event.
He added an equally-impressive fourth in Race Two, despite his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport carrying 57kg success ballast, and added 10th in Race Three on the hard ‘option’ tyre to claim the Jack Sears Trophy as the highest-scoring rookie of the weekend.
Team-mate Colin, who is hunting a third BTCC title, produced a sensational recovery drive in Race One to climb from 18th to eighth, despite carrying the maximum 75kg success ballast. With reduced weight, but the hard tyre, he repeated the result in Race Two.
A fighting drive to third in Race Three not only gave the Northern Irishman his 10th podium of the season; it ensured he carries a 34-point championship lead into the Brands Hatch season finale with 67 available.
Team BMW’s advantage in the Teams’ title race is 61 points with 111 still to play for while BMW’s Manufacturers’ Championship lead is 78, also with 111 available.
Colin Turkington said: “Today was tough on track, but we came through to maintain the advantage in the championship, and that’s exactly what we hoped for. We worked late into the night to try and find something that would improve the balance, and the car was completely transformed as even on full ballast, I felt I could fight with whoever was around me. The two eighth places were crucial and by the third race - once I’d used the hard tyre – I felt like we’d managed to make the BMW as fast as anything out there. We leave Silverstone in a strong position.”
Ricky Collard said: “If you’d told me I’d be leaving here with my first podium, three top-10 finishes and the Jack Sears Trophy, I’d have taken it straight away, so to actually do it on track, in a series as closely-fought as the BTCC, feels amazing. Even better; the results Colin and I have scored today put us in a strong position in the Teams’ Championship. I can’t praise the team highly enough. I’ve had to learn them and they’ve had to learn me, but it’s only taken three weekends to achieve this, and I don’t think that could have happened with any other team in this paddock. I’m just so happy right now.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “It’s been a very strong weekend for Team BMW and I’m proud of everyone for the incredible effort they’ve put in. Colin’s drive in Race One was very good and set up the rest of the day. He has a solid advantage at the head of the championship and that’s down to hard work from the team and very good driving. Ricky’s performed superbly to score his first podium, take three points finishes and win the Jack Sears Trophy. He’s also done his bit for the Teams’ points and we now head to Brands Hatch still ahead in all three championships.”
Bad luck robs Jordan of Silverstone podium
BMW Pirtek Racing endured a frustrating Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship raceday at Silverstone as bad luck denied Andrew Jordan a podium finish.
The 2013 series champion was on course for third place in Race One in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport after surviving several determined attacks from behind by rival drivers, but suffered an electrical issue that put him out and forced him to start Race Two from 27th spot.
Race Two promised another points finish as the Lichfield driver pulled off some impressive overtaking moves to climb to 13th by the mid-point of the race. Sadly, a rival driver spun him down to 22nd.
From 22nd on the Race Three grid, and now on the hard-compound ‘option’ tyre that proved slower than the softer ‘prime’ at Silverstone, the 2013 champion salvaged seven points by finishing ninth.
Andrew’s results mean he lies seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with just the Brands Hatch triple-header weekend to go in two weeks, but he still scored valuable points for BMW to help increase their lead in the Manufacturers’ title race.
Andrew Jordan said: “I’m pleased with the performance in Race Three because to come from 22nd on the grid to ninth on the hard tyre wasn’t easy and showed how fast we’ve made the BMW through the second half of the season. It was a good performance, but the day should have given us much more. I have no doubt I’d have finished on the podium in Race One, but for the issue that put us out, and then in Race Two to get spun around just summed up the day. Unfortunately, I can’t win the Drivers’ Championship any more, but I’ll go to Brands aiming to end the season on a high.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “I’m gutted for Andrew about what happened today, because he’s been extremely fast on either tyre and with differing weight levels. We had an electrical issue in Race One, but his drive in Race Three was strong on the hard tyre and he’s scored some valuable points to keep us in front in the Manufacturers’ Championship with BMW. He’ll surely be fast at Brands Hatch. Both he and the BMW are well capable of finishing on top of the podium and we hope he can do just that.”
The Physical Digital team attended the BTCC Race weekend at Silverstone in support of West Surrey Racing (WSR), as Technical Partners. For information on how our 3D scanning and reverse engineering services can benefit your buisness, contact us now!
Credits: Written by Jamie O'Leary from Top Step Communications, on behalf of West Surrey Racing.