West Surrey Racing have named an unchanged driver line-up for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with Colin Turkington, Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan spearheading the BMW assault.
Following on from a successful 2017 campaign that saw Team BMW clinch the Teams’ titles and WSR/BMW the Manufacturers’, Dick Bennetts’ squad remains as it was for a second successive season – with all eyes firmly fixed on the big prize.
Narrowly missing out on the title to Ashley Sutton, Turkington embarks on his 11th year with the Sunbury-based outfit and the double champion is excited to see what the forthcoming campaign holds for him and the team.
“I’m excited for the new season and delighted to be staying with Team BMW and WSR for another year,” Turkington said. “This place feels like home to me, having raced here for 11 years already, and the environment is exactly what I need to get the best performance out of myself.
“I was bitterly disappointed to miss out on the Drivers’ Championship at the season finale last year and I’ll continue to put everything into winning the title this time around.
“The BMW 125i M Sport has won more titles than any other car in the past five years and the developments we’ve already tested for 2018 look like they’re going to make us even stronger, but we know that the competition won’t stand still so we’re expecting a tight battle.”
Enjoying his strongest year to-date in the BTCC, Collard proved to be the epitome of consistency for a majority of the season – taking 21 points finishes in-a-row.
Despite dropping out of title contention late on, the Hampshire-based racer is confident of building on his 2017 success to mount a full-scale title challenge this year.
He said: “The 2017 season was my most competitive to date in the BTCC and had I not missed the final five races, I’m certain I would have been in with a very strong chance of being champion. I’m fully recovered, have been training hard and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the BMW for the first test of the new year.
“This will be my ninth straight season with WSR and my 11th in total. Over that time my performances have improved year-on-year and I’ve played a key role in several title-winning campaigns. The Drivers’ Championship is my goal for 2018, and with the team continuing to evolve the car, I’m confident of fighting at the front.”
Entering his second year with the team after inking a two-year deal last year, 2013 champion Jordan will front the BMW Pirtek Racing side of the garage.
Jordan made the jump from Motorbase Performance last year and went on to take a trio of victories.
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