Team BMW Heralds A New Era For BMW UK In The 2017 British Touring Car Championship


Team BMW Heralds A New Era For BMW UK In The 2017 British Touring Car Championship  ◾Returning as a Manufacturer Team after 21 years.

◾Marking ten years relationship with West Surrey Racing.

◾Welcoming back 2014 BTCC Champion, Colin Turkington.

◾Celebrating signing of multiple BTCC Independent Drivers Champion, Andrew Jordan.

◾Renewing seven year WSR deal with Series' favourite, Rob Collard.

◾The Series commences at the opening rounds at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on 1-2 April 2017.

Team BMW Heralds A New Era For BMW UK In The 2017 British Touring Car Championship  A further chapter in BMW's illustrious history in touring car racing unfolded today as BMW UK, in partnership with West Surrey Racing (WSR), announced a three-car team that will again bid for victory of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship.

The announcement of TEAM BMW is a landmark occasion, marking BMW's return to the country's best-watched motor race series as a manufacturer team. It has been 21 years since the marque last contested the series in this manner, when BMW Team Schnitzer fielded a BMW 320i line-up.

Graeme Grieve, CEO of BMW Group UK, commented: 'The BTCC is one of the most significant race series in the UK and has a huge and enthusiastic following. With a history of success and the continuous support of WSR for the past decade, we are delighted to step up as a Manufacturer Team again after 21 years.'

BMW UK's significant financial investment in the BTCC team includes the funding of technical developments on all fronts, focused on the very latest BMW engine derivative.


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    At the launch at BMW Park Lane, London, Graeme Grieve joined WSR Team Principal, Dick Bennetts, to remove the wraps from one of the three BMW 125i M Sport team cars that will contest the 2017 BTCC. With the cars freshly-developed, prepared and run again by WSR, BMW's return to the Series as a Manufacturer coincides with a further landmark, marking a decade since WSR first contested the BTCC with BMW, which has endured to this day.

    The BMW relationship with Dick Bennetts' Sunbury-based operation in the BTCC was established in 2007, where they claimed both the Independent Drivers and Teams Championships. They repeated the feat in 2008 and went on to take the overall BTCC Drivers' title in 2009, and added a driver and team double crown in 2014.

    Dick Bennetts remarked: 'I reckon that working together successfully as motorsport partners for ten years is the equivalent of a lifelong marriage. It is a tribute to BMW's product and commitment, and we are delighted to once again represent the marque as they return with increased commitment as a Manufacturer in the BTCC.'

    Significantly, the driver roll of honour for each of the three BTCC Independent, Overall and Teams Championship victories fell to Northern Ireland's Colin Turkington.

    Turkington has spent nine of his 12 BTCC seasons with the WSR-BMW team, during which he scored 26 wins over five seasons. Now, two years after claiming the outright Drivers Championship at the wheel of a previous-generation BMW 125i M Sport, he returns to the rear-wheel drive TEAM BMW with renewed vigour.

    Driver talent runs deep in BMW's 2017 BTCC campaign. Joining Turkington is Andrew Jordan, 2013 BTCC Overall Drivers Champion and three-time Independent Drivers Champion - who brings with him long-term personal sponsor, Pirtek. Completing the trio is Rob Collard, a BTCC followers' favourite and the Series' legendary overtaker who, after his most competitive season to date in 2016, marks the tenth consecutive year he has driven a BMW in the BTCC, the last seven with WSR.

    Last year, the trio of WSR-prepared BMW 125i M Sport cars contributed to a nail-biting finale that went down to the wire at the final round. Team driver Sam Tordoff was pipped at the post for the overall driver's title, just two points shy of victory. Nevertheless, the WSR BMW team claimed a double title success at the conclusion of the series, taking the BTCC Constructors crown and the Teams' Championship once again.

    Entering the 2017 season of the super-competitive BTCC, TEAM BMW has heavyweight success behind it, increased financial and technical investment from BMW UK, the skills, consistency and superb track record of West Surrey Racing, and a driver trio that collectively represents the most powerful line-up in this year's BTCC series.

    The history behind the success: WSR and BMW

    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

    ANDREW JORDAN

    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

    COLIN TURKINGTON

    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.

    The BMW Group

    With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world's leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

    In 2015, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.247 million cars and nearly 137,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2015 was approximately € 9.22 billion on revenues amounting to € 92.18 billion. As of 31 December 2015, the BMW Group had a workforce of 122,244 employees.

    The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

    By: BMW (UK) Ltd
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