At the sixth round of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Croft, North Yorkshire on the 10th & 11th June, Team BMW achieved an historic triumph. Colin Turkington finished second in Race One, despite carrying an additional 66kg of success ballast (additional weight), and went on to finish in first position in Race Two. Turkington's victory in Race Two made the 50th win for West Surrey Racing (WSR) with BMW and the 75th win for the team in the series and in two of the days races, Turkington set the fastest lap.
Turkington's winning results have allowed Team BMW to take the lead, increasing their advantage at the head of the Manufacturers' title fight.
Colin Turkington said: " It's been an ultra-strong weekend for me, capped off by taking the 50th win for WSR with BMW in the BTCC; 10 years after I got the first one - also at Croft."
Rob Collard reached third position in Race Two, making him the only driver in the BTCC to have reached the podium at least once on every race weekend of the 2017 season. Collard also finished fourth and eight in other races, with the eight place position occurring after being shunted off the track in Race Three by Matt Neal, to retain his second place position at the halfway point in the season.
Rob Collard commented: "On the one hand it's great to maintain my run of scoring points in every race and finishing on the podium at every event because it keeps me right in the hunt for the championship. However, we've had such a strong race pace today, it's a little frustrating that my results haven't quite reflected this."
Andrew Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing driver, finished fifth, sixth and seventh at Croft, despite an 11 car incident during a wet qualifying session that caused significant damage to the rear-end of his BMW 125i M Sport. The damage was expertly repaired by dedicated WSR mechanics, who worked through the night to return the vehicle to racing standards.
Andrew Jordan moved BMW Pirtek Racing up two places into fifth in the Teams' points race and helped to maintain BMW's position at the head of the Manufacturer's title standings.
Jordan stated: "I've struggled with oversteer all weekend and never really found the sweet spot of the car, despite making several set-up changes today. But fifth, sixth and seventh are all solid finishes and I haven't really lost any ground to the guys around me in the championship."
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After the Croft BTCC race, the BMW Team top the team standings with 344 points. Whilst on the driver standings, Rob Collard holds a steady second position with 177 points and Colin Turkington sits just behind with 176 points in third position.