events10 Jan 2018

Team BMW will defend the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) Teams’ and Manufacturers’ titles in 2018 with an unchanged driver line-up of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard. The team, which is run by West Surrey Racing (WSR), enjoyed an excellent 2017 season as Colin and Rob claimed 20 podium finishes in their BMW 125i M Sports and finished second and fifth in the Drivers’ Championship.

Colin, from Portadown, is one of the BTCC's most successful racers to date. In 2017, he claimed four wins, including a landmark 100th for BMW in the BTCC at Thruxton in May. The 2018 season marks Colin's 12th with WSR.

Colin Turkington, Team BMW, said: “I’m excited for the new season and delighted to be staying with Team BMW and WSR for another year. This place feels like home to me, having raced here for 11 years already, and the environment is exactly what I need to get the best performance out of myself.”

In 2009 and 2014, Colin took the Drivers’ Championship as well as five Independents’ titles and 45 race wins

Rob, from Eversley, Hampshire, first drove for the team 13 years ago. Last year was his most successful year to date, having scored points in the first 21 races and podiums at the opening six events; achievements unmatched by any other driver. Rob remained in title contention until he was unfortunately forced to miss the final five races due to a crash at Silverstone.

Rob Collard, Team BMW, said: “This will be my ninth straight season with WSR and my 11th in total. Over that time my performances have improved year-on-year and I’ve played a key role in several title-winning campaigns. The Drivers’ Championship is my goal for 2018, and with the team continuing to evolve the car, I’m confident of fighting at the front.”

Rob has forged a long and successful relationship with WSR after first driving for the team 13 years ago

Colin and Rob will once again be joined by Andrew Jordan in a third 125i M Sport, which will be run under the BMW Pirtek Racing banner. Andrew, the 2013 BTCC champion from Lichfield, Staffordshire, won three times in his first season with WSR and led more distance than any other driver on his way to ninth place in the end-of-season points.

Andrew Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, said: “This is the most excited I’ve been about a new BTCC season for a long time. Having the continuity of a second year with WSR and the vast engineering resource and experience they have will be a huge benefit to me."

Having joined WSR in 2017, Andrew now has a year's racing experience with a rear-wheel-drive touring car

WSR’s trio of BMWs have undergone multiple developments to enhance their performance and reliability even further. In its five years of competition, the BMW 125i M Sport has already won six overall BTCC titles.

The BTCC celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018 with 10 triple-header events held across the UK between April and October. Find out more here.

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