Team BMW Take Double BTCC Title
Rob Collard helps Team BMW claim a remarkable double Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship success as the series reached a dramatic conclusion at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Thanks to the combined season-long efforts of Rob and team mate Colin Turkingon, Team BMW were crowned Teams’ Champions while BMW took the Manufacturers’ crown.
For WSR, who run Team BMW from their Sunbury-on-Thames headquarters, the double-title success means they have now won an incredible six outright BTCC crowns in the past four years with the BTCC BMW 125i M Sport; a car of their own design, build and preparation.
Unfortunately Rob did not race; the Hampshireman being withdrawn from the event on medical grounds ahead of qualifying; a legacy of his heavy accident at Silverstone last month.
He returned to the circuit on Sunday to celebrate his birthday and support the team’s efforts to seal the silverware. Courtesy of his magnificent form throughout the season, retained his fifth place in the Drivers’ points table.
Team BMW ended the season with five victories, 20 podiums and nine fastest laps.
Rob Collard said: “It’s a real shame I wasn’t able to race this weekend, but I’m proud to have played my part in the Teams’ and Manufacturers’ Championship wins for the second year in a row. I’ve had seven podiums and a win earlier in the season and I’m pleased with this. To finish fifth in the points even after missing the last five races shows how competitive we’ve been across the year. The BMW has been an excellent car at all circuits and two titles is what the whole team deserves.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “It's a fantastic result to win the Teams’ Championship for the third time in four years and to give BMW the Manufacturers’ title in their first season back in the BTCC using the new BMW B48 engine. Every member of the team can be very proud of what we’ve achieved and we are also extremely thankful to our partners, technical suppliers and sponsors, without whom none of this would have been possible.
BTCC Drivers' Championship (final)
1. Ashley Sutton 372
2. Colin Turkington 351
3. Tom Ingram 311
4. Gordon Shedden 309
5. Rob Collard 256
6. Jack Goff 245