BMW Pirtek Racing aim to continue their recent race-winning form as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Silverstone this weekend.
Andrew Jordan was victorious last time out at Rockingham; winning for the third time in 2017 in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport and climbing to sixth in the Drivers’ Championship.
The Staffordshire racer’s results have helped BMW cement their place at the head of the Manufacturers’ title race while BMW Pirtek Racing are seventh in the Teams’ standings with just two race weekends to go.
The 2013 title-winner, who carries 33kg success ballast in his BMW, has finished on the podium four times.
Silverstone is an important circuit in WSR’s history. The ‘Home of British Motorsport’ was where the team made a winning debut in British Formula 3 in 1981 with Jonathan Palmer and was the scene of their first BTCC win with Will Hoy in 1998.
Since the BTCC switched to the 1.6-mile National Circuit 12 years ago, WSR have scored 14 podiums, including a victory in 2015.
The Silverstone triple-header on September 16-17 is the ninth 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.
Andrew Jordan said: “The win at Rockingham was exactly the lift we needed after a very unlucky spell of races, but we knew it would come if we kept our heads down and worked hard at maximising the BMW for race conditions. We’ll take that philosophy into the Silverstone weekend and aim to be among the front-runners. We’re very aware that the layout of the circuit means that we’re going to have a lot of cars very close to each other on time and on track, so even minimal gains with set-up can be worth more than usual here.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “It was excellent to see AJ take a victory at Rockingham; one that will give him a confidence boost for the remaining two rounds of the season. Now we head to Silverstone, which has been a challenging circuit for us in the past in terms of qualifying pace, but where we’ve achieved 14 podiums in 12 years, which shows how effective our work across a weekend has been in maximising the BMW’s performance. It’s a tough circuit for qualifying because the times are traditionally so close – 22 cars were separated by less than a second for the past two years and it should be even closer this time – but we’d expect the BMW to be in the ballpark come raceday.”