Team BMW head to Oulton Park this weekend aiming to continue their surge up the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship table.
A pair of podium finishes for Colin Turkington last time out at Thruxton helped elevate him to fifth in the Drivers’ points table while Team BMW rose to fourth in the Teams’ standings.
The combined efforts of Colin and Rob Collard so far in 2018 have also put BMW second in the Manufacturers’ Championship and both drivers are targeting further gains this weekend in their WSR-run 125i M Sports.
Colin, from Portadown, Northern Ireland, has won six times at the Cheshire parkland circuit and finished on the podium 13 times.
Team-mate Rob Collard, from Eversley, Hampshire, arrives at Oulton with a ballast-free BMW and knows that this gives him an excellent opportunity to add to the six podium finishes he’s achieved at Oulton Park in his BTCC career to date.
WSR have recorded 31 podium finishes and 11 wins in the past 20 years at Oulton. Another triumph would mean that the BMW 125i M Sport has been victorious in five straight seasons at the demanding circuit.
The Oulton Park triple-header on June 9-10 is the fourth of 10 events in this year’s 60th anniversary BTCC season, which takes in nine circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.
Colin Turkington said: “Oulton Park’s always been one of the circuits I enjoy most in the BTCC, not just because I’ve had a lot of wins there, but also because its location means we tend to see more fans come over from Northern Ireland for this event than almost anywhere else, and that creates a special atmosphere. Thruxton was my best weekend of the season so far and I’m sure we can use the momentum we gained there to continue to drive ourselves forward this time.”
Rob Collard said: “Oulton Park is one of the most challenging circuits on the BTCC calendar. It’s narrow, it’s fast and there’s very little margin for error. I like tracks like this because it suits my driving style. Two years ago, I overtook more than 40 cars during the three races and last year I finished on the podium too. Making progress here is all about sensing where the space is going to open up for you when everybody’s involved in such intense battles. After the progress we made at Thruxton, I can’t wait to get on-track on Saturday morning for practice.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Oulton Park is a track at which we’ve achieved some excellent results in the past, and which tends to let us benefit from the excellent traction of the BMW 125i M Sport. Having said that, 2018 is turning out to be the most intense fight for the championship I think we’ve ever been involved in, so every single member of the team knows how deep they’ll have to dig if we’re to continue our run of strong results here. Colin and Rob have been on the podium here 19 times between them in the so they both know the knack for performing strongly here and I’m sure that will help us too.”