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Double success for WSR at prestigious industry awards

Double success for WSR at prestigious industry awards

WSR’s title-winning success in the British Touring Car Championship has been honoured at the annual Professional Motorsport World Expo Awards with an unprecedented double prize. After winning the BTCC Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ championships this season, WSR were...

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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

Founded by New Zealander Dick Bennetts in 1981, West Surrey Racing 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 10 outright championship titles – including the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’ titles in 2018 – , nine independents’ crowns and 80 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 BMW Pirtek Racing in the BTCC.

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Colin Turkington & Dick Bennetts

Becoming the BTCC Champion for a third time was an amazing feeling, especially in the 60th year of the series. I was definitely broken by the end but satisfied I had given it everything .

I’m back with Team BMW for 2019 in the new 330i M Sport BTCC race car.

The goal over the winter was to present an improved version of myself for 2019 and see where that takes us! I’ve been doing everything in my power to make this happen.

We’ll work smart, race hard and keep the focus.

Time to get the show on the road!

Tom Oliphant

Leamington Spa-based Tom Oliphant joins BMW having competed on the BTCC support package for the last five seasons. He won the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup in a record-breaking 2015 season before moving to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, in which he scored six podium results and finished in the top four in the title race in both 2016 and 2017.

For 2019, Oliphant made the jump to manufacturer-backed Team BMW, driving its new 330i M Sport.

BTCC Champion Colin Turkington

“Becoming the BTCC Champion for a third time is an amazing feeling, especially in the 60th year of the series. Team BMW gave me a fast, consistent and reliable car and together we got the job done. I had to work harder for this title than any other, but all the dedication and sacrifice is so worth it when you achieve the ultimate goal. It takes a passionate and supportive network of people and partners to make this dream come true and I’d like to personally thank everyone involved in my success.”

Andrew Jordan

AJ made the switch to West Surrey Racing in 2017, bringing Pirtek backing across with him once again, to rear-wheel drive BMW machinery at BMW Pirtek Racing. Jordan scored three victories – at Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Rockingham. He finished the season ninth in the standings. He returned for a second campaign as part of the same team in 2018, ending the year fifth in the standings with a race win notched at Knockhill.