A switch to BMW machinery in 2007 marked the start of the most successful chapter in WSR's touring car history. Colin Turkington became independents' champion in his first season with the BMW 320si and added an overall title in '09 and a race win in the FIA World Touring Car Championship for WSR the following year. Replacing the 320si model with the new BMW 1 Series for 2013 paved the way for another overall title for Turkington in 2014. He also won the independents' title – the fifth for a WSR driver in 11 seasons – and helped the team add a fourth independent teams' crown in the same year. The 2015 season brought race victories for WSR's three drivers; Rob Collard, Sam Tordoff and Andy Priaulx while Collard, Tordoff and Jack Goff combined to win the constructors' and teams' championships in 2016; the latter under the Team JCT600 with GardX banner. TEAM BMW: Driver biographies 2017 British Touring Car Championship ROB COLLARD Nationality: British DOB: 1st October 1968 Age: 48 Born: Hampshire Lives: Eversley BTCC History BTCC Debut: Oulton Park, 29 May 2000 BTCC starts: 427 BTCC wins: 13 BTCC podiums: 53 Fastest laps: 15 Drivers Titles (2016 Dunlop MSA BTCC #ForeverForward Trophy winner) 2003 Dunlop MSA BTCC Independent Drivers' Trophy
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Nationality: British DOB: 24th May 1989 Age: 27 Born: Sutton Coldfield Lives: Lichfield BTCC History BTCC Debut: Brands Hatch, 30th March 2008 BTCC starts: 265 BTCC wins: 16 BTCC poles: 6 BTCC podiums: 53 Fastest laps: 16 Drivers Titles 2016 Dunlop MSA BTCC Independent Drivers Trophy 2013 Dunlop MSA BTCC Drivers Championship 2013 Dunlop MSA BTCC Independent Drivers Trophy 2012 Dunlop MSA BTCC Independent Drivers Trophy 2007 British Rallycross Supercar Championship 2005 British, BTRDA & Super Series Junior Rallycross Championships 2005 Ginetta Winter Series 2004 BTRDA Junior Rally Championship 2003 Winter Junior Rallycross Championship
Nationality: British DOB: 21st March 1982 Age: 34 Born: Newry, County Down Lives: Portadown, County Armagh BTCC History BTCC Debut: Oulton Park 21st April 2002 BTCC starts: 333 BTCC wins: 41 BTCC poles: 17 BTCC podiums: 110 Fastest laps: 39 Driver titles 2016 DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 4th Drivers Championship BRDC Silver Star Winner 2015 DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 4th Drivers Championship Independent Drivers Champion 2014 DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 1st Champion Independent Drivers Champion Autosport National Driver of the Year BRDC Silver Star Winner 2013 DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 5th Drivers Championship 2011 SCANDINAVIAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 5th Drivers Championship 2011 World Touring Car Championship - 3 Events (1 podium finish) 2010 FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 6 Events (4 podiums including 1 win – Japan) 2009 HiQ MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 1st Champion Independent Drivers Champion BMW Sports Trophy winner Autosport National Driver of the Year 2008 HiQ MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP - 4th Drivers Championship Independent Drivers Champion 2007 DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 5th Drivers Championship Independent Drivers Champion BMW Sports Trophy Winner 3rd WTCC Race of Great Britain 8th WTCC Race of Macau 2006 DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 3rd Drivers Championship 2005 DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 6th Drivers Championship 2004 DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 6th Drivers Championship 2003 DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 8th Drivers Championship 2002 DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP – 14th Drivers Championship 2001 FORD FIESTA ZETEC S CHAMPIONSHIP – Champion The Series commences at the opening rounds at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on 1-2 April 2017.
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