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BMW retains winning line-up for BTCC title attack

Wednesday, January 10 2018

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title challengers BMW aims to add the 2018 Drivers' title to its Manufacturers' crown, having retained Colin Turkington, Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan for the new season, which gets underway at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

Having returned to the BTCC after a 20-year break, BMW claimed several race victories, including their 100th in the series. Having returned to the WSR fold, double champion Turkington took the fight for the Drivers' Championship to the season's final race before cruel luck denied him the chance of a third crown.

This year marks the Northern Irishman's 12th  season with WSR; his history with the team including both of his BTCC crowns and a race-winning stint in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Collard, also has a long and successful relationship with WSR, having first driven for the team 13 years ago. The 2003 BTCC Independents' Champion has claimed 12 of his 14 career wins with the organisation, and last season was his most successful to date as he scored points in the first 21 races and podiums at the opening six events; achievements unmatched by any other driver.

Turkington and Collard will be joined by Andrew Jordan in a third 125i M Sport, which will be run under the BMW Pirtek Racing banner. Jordan, the 2013 BTCC champion, won three times in his maiden season with WSR and led more distance than any other driver on his way to ninth place in the end-of-season points.

With a year's experience of a rear-wheel-drive touring car under his belt, the 28-year-old from Lichfield, Staffordshire, is excited about the coming season.

WSR's trio of BMWs have undergone a number of developments over the winter break, aimed at enhancing the car's already legendary performance and reliability. The car has won six overall BTCC titles in its five years of competition and is set for more success in 2018.

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