Team BMW head to Donington Park for the second round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship aiming to consolidate BMW’s position at the head of the Manufacturers’ points.
Rob Collard took a podium finish at the Brands Hatch season-opening event as BMW returned to the BTCC in an official capacity after a 21-year break and is determined to add yet more silverware to the WSR-run team’s collection at the demanding 2.0-mile circuit, which is a favourite among drivers and fans for its flowing nature and excellent viewing spots.
Hampshire racer Rob lies fifth in the Drivers’ Championship and carries 39kg of success ballast as a result of his position.
He claimed his first BTCC podium finish at Donington in 2003 and is a two-time winner at the East Midlands venue; most recently last year when a tenacious drive brought him a sensational victory from sixth on the grid in his BMW.
The Donington triple-header on April 15-16 is the second of 10 events in this year’s BTCC, which takes in nine circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.
Rob Collard said: “Donington is a fantastic circuit; the track where I took my first win of 2016 and one I love, despite it tending to favour front-wheel-drive cars. I achieved my first podium in the BTCC at Donington, and I’ve won there twice in BMWs, so that gives me a lot of encouragement heading into the weekend. What fills me with even more confidence is that the BMW was fast around Brands Hatch and that we were able to show this in race conditions, so I think we can amass a good points haul this weekend.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “To be able to put BMW on top of the Manufacturers’ Championship after Brands Hatch was beyond expectations and has set the bar high. We now move on to Donington with the aim of holding on to that spot and helping Team BMW and Rob improve his. Typically Donington is a circuit that favours the front-wheel-drive cars, and Rob has won there in WSR BMWs over the past couple of years and we were the top-scoring team there in 2016, so we’re optimistic of our chances.”