TEAM BMW MAINTAIN BTCC POINTS LEAD.
Team BMW maintained their lead of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) as the series moved onto the UK’s fastest circuit, Thruxton, last weekend. With average lap speeds of over 110mph and dauntingly quick corners, Thruxton possesses a challenge like no other on the BTCC calendar for drivers and teams alike.
Colin Turkinton winning at Thurxton BTCC.
Taking on the challenge were Team BMW racing drivers Colin Turkington, Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan. Turkington and Collard enjoyed equally impressive races with both taking home a win. The weekend proved to be a significant landmark for BMW as a double race-winning weekend notched up the 150th podium finish for the WSR-designed-and-built BMW 125i M Sport and the 100th win for the Munich marque in the BTCC.
“To take the 100th win for BMW is an incredible feeling. I am over the moon.” – Colin Turkington
Race 1 – Team BMW Result:
Colin Turkington – 7th position
Rob Collard – 10th position
Andrew Jordan – 28th position
Race 1 was all about climbing places and setting up strong weekends for the trio. Colin Turkington rose two places from his P9 grid slot to finish in 7th, while Rob Collard jumped an impressive 8 places to finish 10th. Andrew Jordan was on track for a finish just outside the top ten, but an unfortunate spin, late in the race, dropped him to 28th position and subsequently hindered what should have been a strong weekend at his favourite circuit on the calendar.
Team BMW at Thruxton BTCC
Race 2 – Team BMW Result:
Rob Collard – 1st position
Colin Turkington – 6th position
Andrew Jordan – 14th position
Race 2 was heavily interrupted and was delayed for nearly an hour after the initial start was red flagged, after just four laps, due to damage to the crash barriers following a big collision. Rob Collard had jumped four places in the initial start and when the grid was reset for the second start, he lined up in 6th place. When the lights went out, an incredible start, and the rear-wheel drive traction of the BMW, propelled him into second place behind triple BTCC champion Matt Neal.
Rob Collard was honing in on his target before Matt Neal dived into the pits with a problem and allowed the Hampshire-born racer to inherit the lead. In a reduced 10-lap race, Rob Collard was holding the rapid Gordon Shedden behind him before another heavy crash on lap 7 cut the race short and Rob was declared the winner. Colin Turkington enjoyed another solid top ten finish in 6th position and Andrew recovered from his low grid position and gained 14 places in just seven laps of racing.
Rob Collard took home a win in Race 2
Race 3 – Team BMW Result:
Colin Turkington – 1st position
Rob Collard – 7th position
Andrew Jordan – 13th position
The reverse grid draw saw Colin Turkington on pole for Race 3, an opportunity he wasn’t prepared to waste. The Northern Irishman led from start to finish, controlling a near two-second gap to take the chequered flag and earn BMW their historic 100th win. Rob Collard came home in 7th position to join his Team BMW teammate on a hat-trick of top ten finishes and Andrew Jordan finished in 13th place to end a frustrating weekend, marking his third drive in a rear-wheel-drive car in the BTCC.
Rob Collard in the pits at Thruxton BTCC
By the end of the Thruxton BTCC race, the fourth in the series so far, Team BMW top the team standings with 209 points. BMW racing driver Colin Turkington stands third on the driver standings with 112 point and fellow BMW racing driver Rob Collard stands fourth with 103 points.
Find out more the chosen BMW BTCC car, the BMW 125i M Sport here.
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