A further chapter in BMW’s illustrious history in touring car racing unfolds today as BMW UK, in partnership with West SurreyRacing (WSR), announced a three-car team that will again bid for victory of the2017 British Touring Car Championship.
The announcement of TEAM BMW was a landmark occasion,marking BMW’s return to the country’s best-watched motor race series as aManufacturer Team. It’s 21 years since the marque last contested the series in this manner, when BMW Team Schnitzer fielded a trio of BMW 320i cars.
Maximum Motorsport has announced Josh Cook as the driver of its Ford Focus ST for the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Team Principal, Stewart Lines, sustained injuries after falling from a mountain bike in January, leaving him immobile with muscle and ligament damage. On review of his situation, Lines seized the opportunity to sign Cook for the coming campaign.
West Surrey Racing has announced that Rob Collard will remain with the team for the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Collard, who played a key role in WSR’s Constructors’ and Teams’ Championship titles last year with two race wins and six podiums, joins Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington in the three-car line-up of BMW 125i M Sports.
Subaru driver Ashley Sutton has been chosen as one of the BRDC Superstars, the elite programme run by the Silverstone owners to promote British racing talent.
The British Racing Drivers' Club founded the programme in 2008 under the auspices of then President Damon Hill and programme director Tim Harvey.
Over 60 drivers have since benefited from the guidance the BRDC SuperStars scheme has to offer.
Huddersfield’s Daniel Lloyd has been named as part of the manufacturer-backed MG RCiB Insurance Racing line-up for the British marque’s 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign.
24-year-old Lloyd made a spectacular addition to the BTCC grid during his three appearances in 2016 - qualifying on the front row at Croft and Oulton Park in the Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R - and the Yorkshireman is now set to make his full season debut alongside experienced BTCC racer Aron Taylor-Smith in the RCiB Insurance race-winning MG6 machines.
Race winner Stephen Jelley will return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this season, driving a Team Parker Racing Ford Focus ST after a seven-year sabbatical.
The Leicester driver contested two seasons of the BTCC in a WSR BMW 320si in 2008 and 2009, and took two victories, both at Rockingham.
Jake Hill is to stay with Team HARD for 2017, after scoring the team's best ever finishes in his first full season of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship last year.
The Kent-based 22 year old is the third and final driver to be announced for the team, with few vacant seats remaining the BTCC grid.
Eurotech Racing has announced that Jack Goff will be joining the squad for the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Goff will partner Jeff Smith in the team’s second Honda Civic Type R.