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Founded by New Zealander Dick Bennetts in 1981, West Surrey Racing (WSR) are one of Europe’s most successful racing teams, having tasted success with World Champion drivers such as Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen, Tom Kristensen, Nigel Mansell, Allan McNish and Andy Priaulx.
After becoming the most successful team in the British Formula 3 Championship during the 1980s, WSR moved into the British Touring Car Championship and have continued their extraordinary run of success. As well as running race-winning factory BTCC programmes for Ford, Honda, MG and BMW, WSR have taken 16 outright championship titles – including a record-breaking seven Manufacturers’ titles in a row for BMW from 2016 onwards -, nine independents’ crowns and over 100 race victories.
They are also race winners in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Based in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, WSR currently run Team BMW and Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport in the BTCC.
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Colin Turkington scored a landmark 150th British Touring Car Championship win for BMW on a day when WSR drivers claimed a double-victory at the Home of British Motor Racing, Silverstone. The Team BMW driver’s Race-Three victory, combined with an earlier wet-weather success for Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill, nearly doubled BMW’s Manufacturers’ Championship lead with just one round of the 2023 season remaining.
Colin Turkington put WSR and BMW on the front row at Silverstone on Saturday after one of the most closely-fought British Touring Car Championship qualifying sessions in recent years. The four-time champion equalled Team BMW’s best qualifying result of the year in second place – just 0.012 seconds away from pole position – after a superb effort at the Home of British Motor Racing.
WSR and BMW have the British Touring Car Championship title on their minds as the series heads to Silverstone this weekend for the penultimate round of the season. Team BMW’s Colin Turkington, Adam Morgan and Stephen Jelley, plus Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill have scored seven wins and 21 podium finishes from the opening 24 races of the season with their BMW 330e M Sport race cars.
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Colin Turkington is WSR’s longest-serving driver, making his BTCC debut with the team in 2002 and winning every one of his record-equalling four overall titles – plus four Independents’ crowns – with their BMWs. Since his return to the Sunbury-on-Thames team in 2017, he has taken the title fight to the final round of the season every year. He’s back for a crack at a fifth crown as he seeks to re-write history.
Ready for a third straight season with WSR is Stephen Jelley. Returning to the top step of the podium at Oulton Park last year aboard the BMW 330e M Sport, a reinvigorated Stephen was one of 2022’s top qualifiers and played a vital role in BMW’s seventh-straight Manufacturers’ title success. Having taken a pole position and multiple race wins in his first stint with WSR in 2008-09, he’s out to add even more success this time.
The Kent racer began 2022 as the most intriguing prospects of the BTCC season as he joined WSR and ended it as its major revelation thanks to three wins, two pole positions and more podium finishes (13) than any other driver as he took the title fight down to the final day of the season. Third in the points will, he hopes, prove a springboard to even greater success this year in the Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport BMW.
The newest member of the WSR line-up; Adam Morgan is no stranger to success in the BTCC. With 11 race wins and nearly 40 podiums, the former Ginetta G50 Cup champion is one of the most-popular drivers in the series. Having scored his three most recent wins in WSR-built BMWs (as well as finishing second in last year’s Independents’ points), he moves to the team for the first time and is intent on adding more silverware.