Team BMW lead the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after a magnificent double-victory for drivers Colin Turkington and Rob Collard at Oulton Park.
Colin’s first victory of the year came in Race Two while Rob’s Race Three win was part of an incredible 1-2-3 finish for BMW 125i M Sports run by WSR.
Team BMW’s huge points haul netted them the Teams’ Trophy for the weekend and put them at the top of the championship while Colin has taken over the lead of the Drivers’ points table and BMW head the Manufacturers’ standings.
Remarkably, it also meant that WSR BMWs have been victorious at Oulton Park for five consecutive seasons in the BTCC.
Starting sixth in Race Two, the Northern Irishman picked off his rivals one-by-one and claim his 46th career victory. A number of strong overtaking moves in the other two races gave him sixth and third on a sun-drenched day in Cheshire.
Rob’s leap into the lead of Race Three with a trademark rocket start, but was forced to repeat the feat after a multi-car incident brought out the red flags and caused a re-start from original grid positions.
He controlled the field from the front to take his first win of 2018 and the 15th of his BTCC career.
Colin Turkington said: “What an amazing day for the Team BMW. Two wins and leading the championship; it doesn’t get much better than that. On a personal level, it feels great to get my first win of the year because the level of competition in the BTCC just seems to be going up and up so to have the kind of performance we’ve put in today shows what an incredible team we have here. To be part of a 1-2-3 for WSR on the podium, with both Rob and I on the podium, is a great feeling too.”
Rob Collard said: “It feels so good to get the monkey off my back and take my first win since Thruxton last year. Honestly, I’ve felt comfortable with the car since FP1 and it’s just been a case of fine-tuning every time we went out. I knew we had the set-up spot on for Race Three with the soft tyres, and the reduced race distance meant I didn’t have to manage the rubber either, which was another help. I’m back in the mix now and that feels very good indeed.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Everyone at Team BMW can feel very proud of the job they’ve done to achieve these results. Colin and Rob scored a win each, which they thoroughly deserved, we’ve taken the lead of the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’ Championships and scored a 1-2-3 finish for WSR-run cars in the final race. It doesn’t get much better than this. Colin and Rob have both driven extremely well and I’m sure these results are going to help