Team BMW aim to maintain their lead at Thruxton
Team BMW aim to maintain their lead of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as the series moves on to the UK’s fastest circuit, Thruxton, this weekend.
With average lap speeds of over 110mph and dauntingly quick corners like Noble, Goodwood and Church, Thruxton possesses a challenge like no other on the BTCC calendar for drivers and teams alike.
Rob Collard has helped launch WSR-run Team BMW into the lead of the Teams’ Championship and BMW to the head of the Manufacturers’ points race and is aiming for more of the same this weekend at the Hampshire speedbowl.
Rob has happy memories of his local circuit. The Eversley-based racer has finished on the podium four times there in his career and took the BTCC points lead with a second-placed finish in 2016.
Having completed the London Marathon recently in a little over four hours, Rob is aiming for an equally impressive race performance this weekend; one that could notch up the 150th podium finish for the WSR-designed-and-built BMW 125i M Sport and the 100th win for the Munich marque in the BTCC.
Rob lies fifth in the championship and carries 39kg of success ballast in his car as a result.
The Thruxton triple-header on May 6-7 is the third 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: “I love racing at Thruxton. It’s my home circuit, so I do get lots of family and friends coming along, and the support from the local crowd is always fantastic. The season has started strongly with podiums at each of the first two rounds; including at Donington, where we perhaps did a little better than expected. We tested the new Dunlop ‘Thruxton’ tyres here a few weeks ago and were pleased with the progress we made, so I think we can be optimistic of another strong weekend. Everyone’s seen how strong the BMW is in races, even with some success weight, so let’s see what we can do.”