BMW will return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as a works team supporting WSR’s three car assault in 2017. This will be the first time BMW has been a manufacturer in the BTCC for 21 years. The partnership also marks a ten year relationship with West Surrey Racing and with a very strong line up of Rob Collard, Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington, is a real statement for the BTCC.
Graeme Grieve, Managing Director of BMW UK said “The BTCC is undeniably the most significant race series in the UK with a huge and enthusiastic following. With a legendary record behind us in the Series’ history books, and partnering continuously with WSR for a decade, we are delighted to step up as a Manufacturer Team again after 21 years. BMW UK’s significant financial investment includes the funding of technical developments on all fronts, focused on the very latest BMW engine derivative.”
WSR team boss Dick Bennetts was on hand to share his thought on the new partnership. Bennetts commented “I reckon that working together successfully as motorsport partners for ten years is the equivalent of a lifelong marriage. It’s 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.”
So the UK arm of the German giant will give WSR full technical and financial support to the team throughout 2017 which also includes the introduction of a new power plant in the 125i M Sport machines. All three cars will be fitted with BMW’s new B48 two-litre turbocharged engine, developed by Neil Brown Engineering.
BMW will now join Honda,MG,Vauxhall and Subaru on the grid as fully fledged manufacturers.
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