Team BMW leads Teams’ and Manufacturers’ Championships after Croft

A podium for Colin Turkington and three points finishes for Tom Oliphant helped Team BMW maintain their lead in both the Teams’ and Manufacturers’ standings on an otherwise challenging British Touring Car Championship weekend at Croft. Colin’s third-place finish in...

Team BMW lock out second row at Croft

Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant are prime contenders for podium success at Croft on Sunday after the pair locked out the second row of the grid with their BMW 3 Series in an eventful British Touring Car Championship qualifying session. Both drivers showed impressive...

Team BMW aim for Podiums at Croft as BTCC title fight heats up

With three rounds of the British Touring Car Championship to go, the battle for title success is already red-hot as Team BMW head to Croft for the latest event of 2020 this weekend. A condensed schedule this year means the races have comes thick and fast for the...

Turkington closes in on BTCC points lead with Silverstone win

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington closed in on the lead of the British Touring Car Championship with a deserved race victory at Silverstone, while team-mate Tom Oliphant also celebrated a podium finish. Colin’s Race-Two win made him only the third driver in BTCC history to...

Team BMW in top five in Silverstone qualifying

Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant combined to put both Team BMW 3 Series inside the top five in an ultra-close British Touring Car Championship qualifying session at Silverstone. The duo worked together throughout the session and were both beneficiaries of the...

Team BMW maintain BTCC points lead despite tough Thruxton raceday

Team BMW remain on top of the British Touring Car Championship standings, despite a tough raceday on home soil at Thruxton as the series entered the second half of the 2020 season. On a day when Colin Turkington suffered misfortune, three vital top-10 results for Tom...

Team BMW target big points on Thruxton raceday

Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant have targeted a big British Touring Car Championship points haul on Sunday after the Team BMW duo qualified in mid-pack at Thruxton. The duo qualified eighth and 12th in their WSR-run BMW 330i M Sports to deliver the best performance...

BTCC’s fastest track next up for Team BMW

Team BMW aim to strengthen their position as British Touring Car Championship leaders when the 2020 season reaches its halfway point at the series’ fastest circuit, Thruxton, this weekend. With Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant first and fourth in the Drivers’ points...

Knockhill podiums keep Team BMW on top of title race

A double-podium finish kept Team BMW on top of the British Touring Car Championship on an action-packed day of racing at Knockhill. Colin Turkington twice finished second at the Scottish track to leave with an 11-point lead in the Drivers’ standings, while three...

Turkington puts Team BMW on second row at Knockhill

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington produced a stunning effort to qualify in third place for Knockhill’s British Touring Car Championship triple-header. Carrying 60kg success ballast due to his status as championship leader, Colin found a clear track at two-thirds distance...

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Team BMW lock out second row at Croft

Team BMW lock out second row at Croft

Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant are prime contenders for podium success at Croft on Sunday after the pair locked out the second row of the grid with their BMW 3 Series in an eventful British Touring Car Championship qualifying session. Both drivers showed impressive...

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A motorsport icon returns to the British Touring Car Championship. Follow Team BMW as they get familiar with the new BMW 3 Series and begin the arduous process of transforming the road car into a motorsport title contender.

Andrew Jordan meets the new BMW 3 Series for the first time, at the MIRA wind tunnel. Team BMW take the new BMW 3 Series into testing to lock down their wing position, while the rest of the cars are having the finishing touches made to the all-important roll cages.

As the beginning of the BTCC Season looms, it’s the final push to get the new BMW 3 Series ready to race. The team work against the odds to get the three cars into shape ahead of their final livery reveal, and their big race debut.

West Surrey Racing

West Surrey Racing was created by New Zealander Dick Bennetts in 1981 to race in the British Formula 3 Championship and achieved success almost immediately as Jonathan Palmer won its debut race on March 1 at Silverstone and went on to take that season’s title.
Four more crowns were achieved in British F3 by 1991 with Ayrton Senna, Mauricio Gugelmin, Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello. Senna and Gugelmin also won the category’s most prestigious race, the Macau Grand Prix, with WSR.
WSR bowed out of F3 at the end of 1995 as the most successful team in the history of the series, both in terms of race victories and titles; its prowess helping it to become Ford’s works team in the 1996 British Touring Car Championship.
A breakthrough BTCC win was achieved with Will Hoy in 1998 while F1 legend Nigel Mansell memorably led ‘the greatest touring car race of all time’ at Donington Park later that year in another of WSR’s Mondeos.
For 1999 WSR began a two-year association with Honda, winning first time out with James Thompson and closing with a double-victory for Tom Kristensen at Silverstone in what was the final BTCC event for Super Touring machinery…

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The BMW 330i M Sport

Designed, built and raced by WSR, the BMW 330i M Sport enjoyed an extraordinary first season of competition as it powered Colin Turkington to a record-equalling fourth BTCC Drivers’ crown and helped BMW claim a fourth consecutive Manufacturers’ title. Based on the award-winning BMW 3 Series production vehicle, and powered by the two-litre, four-cylinder BMW B48 engine, the 330i M Sport only turned its first wheel 10 days before the start of the 2019 BTCC season, but blew the competition away from the outset with 11 wins – WSR’s highest single-season victory total in any series.

Colin Turkington

Colin is WSR’s longest-serving driver; making his BTCC debut with the team in 2002 and winning every one of his four overall titles – plus four Independents’ crowns – with their BMWs. Since his return to the Sunbury-on-Thames team in 2017, he has never finished lower than second in the Drivers’ Championship and last year became only the second man to win the series four times. He returns for a crack at a fifth crown as he seeks to re-write the history books.

Tom Oliphant

Leamington Spa-based Tom Oliphant returns for a second season with Team BMW, having finished second in the Jack Sears Trophy standings in his maiden year with the WSR-run squad in 2019. The former Ginetta GT4 Supercup Champion and British GT race winner made his BTCC debut in 2018, but found a new gear last year as he scored his first two podium finishes in the series and set three fastest laps during the second half of the season – more than any other driver – in his BMW 330i M Sport.