Turning up the heat for Snetterton

Turning up the heat for Snetterton

3D optical metrology company Physical Digital® are heading to Snetterton this weekend to support West Surrey Racing. 

Team BMW out to maintain points lead! 

Team BMW begin the second half of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton this weekend determined to maintain their points advantage.

Heading the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’ title races, the WSR-run team, along with drivers Colin Turkington and Rob Collard, aim to carry their strong recent form of four podiums in six races into the ‘diamond double’ weekend.

 

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Colin leads the Drivers’ Championship by 19 points after an ultra-consistent first half of 2018 in which he has taken six podium finishes – more than any other driver – and one win in his BMW 125i M Sport.

The Northern Irishman, who carries the maximum 75kg success ballast as a result, has four Snetterton BTCC victories to his name – including three in the past three seasons – and scored a double podium for Team BMW last year.

Like Colin, team-mate Rob was on the podium twice last year. The driver from Eversley, Hampshire, claimed his first victory of 2018 at Oulton Park in June and aims to add another at the Norfolk circuit.

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Lying 12th in the championship, Rob arrives at Snetterton without additional ballast on his BMW, making him a clear contender for success.

The Snetterton event is marking the 60th anniversary of the BTCC with a special ‘diamond-double’ race of 60 miles – nearly twice the normal distance covered.

Race Three will be the special lengthened event, for which a separate qualifying session will be held, double-points awarded and no success ballast applied.

Both Colin and Rob are optimistic that the BMW 125i M Sport will be a strong proposition for the race, which is expected to be held in high mid-summer temperatures.

The Snetterton triple-header on July 28-29 is the sixth 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’ve never known a season like this one in terms of just how close everyone is, but the fact that we’re in front in the points shows how well Team BMW are working together. I know that, as the points leader, I have a target on my back and maximum ballast, but I’ve been in this position many times before and between myself and the team, we have all the experience we need to handle the pressure. I’m looking forward to the longer race and I’m sure the BMW will be a strong package."

Rob Collard said: “I’m looking forward to the second half of the season. I’ve had three podiums in the past three years at Snetterton in the BMW – including a second and a third last year – so without success ballast, I think it’s possible to score big points and add to the Oulton Park win. We’ve had some bad luck this year, like the puncture at Croft in Race Two that potentially cost me a front-row start in Race Three, but that’s in the past and the task for the rest of the year is to keep the hammer down, go for the best possible finish every single time, and try to improve our championship position.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “The competition in the BTCC has been closer than ever in 2018, so while we’re very pleased to be leading all three championships, we haven’t come to any circuit with a clear advantage and have had to work extremely hard as a team to maximise both the performance and the points potential of the BMW. The 60-mile race is an interesting addition to the weekend and as a car that’s very kind on its tyres, the BMW should be a strong package across the longer distance and give both Colin and Rob a good chance of some big points.”

Jordan targets BTCC top-three at Snetterton

BMW Pirtek Racing aim to continue their recent charge up the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car points table as the series resumes at Snetterton this weekend.

Driver Andrew Jordan has rocketed from 11th to fourth in the standings over the past two race weekends, aided by a double podium at Oulton Park in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport, and is now targeting a spot in the overall top three.
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While his performances have helped BMW maintain their Manufacturers’ Championship lead, BMW Pirtek Racing have also benefitted and sit seventh in the Teams’ points.

The second-highest scorer across the events at Oulton Park and Croft combined, Andrew now wants his first victory of the season at Snetterton.

The 29-year-old from Lichfield, Staffordshire, won at Snetterton in 2012 and in his BTCC title-winning 2013 season, and he is hungry for more at the Norfolk circuit, at which he will carry 48kg success ballast owing to his championship position.

The Snetterton event is marking the 60th anniversary of the BTCC with a special ‘diamond-double’ race of 60 miles – nearly twice the normal distance covered.
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Race Three will be the special lengthened event, for which a separate qualifying session will be held, double-points awarded and no success ballast applied.

The Snetterton triple-header on July 28-29 is the sixth 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: “We came to the mid-point of the season on terrific form and moved up to fourth in the championship with some really strong performances at Oulton Park and Croft. Now it’s Snetterton with the double-distance race, but we tested for this a few weeks ago and I think we’re in pretty good shape. Last year I led most of the race but had an issue late on, but what matters is that the speed was there in race trim and I think that puts us in a strong position for this weekend. It would be a great time to get the first win of the year in the BMW and strengthen my championship position.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Andrew and BMW Pirtek Racing have worked very well over the past two events and made some big gains in their championship positions. Andrew logged a lot of miles at the official BTCC test at Snetterton earlier this month, gathering plenty of data that’s going to be extremely useful for the ‘diamond-double’ race, in which I expect the BMW to perform strongly. This is the most open BTCC in years and we’re very much in title contention, so there’s a huge incentive to work hard this weekend and keep pushing for the top spot.”

 

The Physical Digital team will attend Snetterton Race track this weeekend 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. 

 




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