Team BMW Aim to Hold Points Lead at Snetterton
Team BMW head to Snetterton this weekend aiming to maintain their position as Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship leaders as the season resumes after its Summer break.
The WSR-run team lead the Teams’ Championship after 15 of 30 races while BMW is ahead in the Manufacturers’ points race thanks to four victories and 10 podiums from Rob Collard and Colin Turkington.
Hampshire racer Rob is enjoying his best BTCC campaign to date with a record number of points and podiums by the midway point. The only driver to score points in every race so far in 2017, he lies second in the Drivers’ Championship.
He claimed his best Snetterton result last year with a second-place finish following a sensational battle in Race Three, and is aiming for a big haul of points, despite heading into the weekend carrying 66kg success ballast.
The Snetterton triple-header on July 29-30 is the sixth 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: “The Summer break has been far too long and I’m raring to get back into the BMW and continue my challenge for the championship. The first half of the season has gone superbly; I've been on the podium at every event and am the only driver to finish in the points in every race. I’m second in the Drivers’ Championship, which is exactly where I was this time last year, but I’m 21 points better off, which shows the continuing improvements of the Team BMW 125i M Sport and my driving. That level of consistency is what wins championships and the aim is certainly to continue that form at Snetterton.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “We've had a strong season so far and head the Teams’ and Manufacturers’ Championships through maximising our performances when we needed to, rather than by having the out-and-out fastest car. Now we come to Snetterton, which has been a good circuit for the BMW since the layout was changed in 2011. Rob and Colin are second and third in the Drivers’ Championship, which means both are heavy ballast-wise, but this is nothing unusual when you’re fighting for titles and we’ll use the information gathered in testing here a few weeks ago to help us this weekend.”