BMW and the British Touring Car Championship. A pairing for success
The British Touring Car Championship. Britians premier domestic motorsport series and a series that is one of the most competitive in the world. The 2018 season saw the championships 60th anniversary and throughout that period one manufacturer has seen their cars participate with potent results.
That manufacturer is of course BMW. The German marque has long had its badges appear on the BTCC grid. Whilst it may not have constantly ploughed in full manufacturer backed support throughout that time, BMW has seen its machines win in the hands of independent teams and the most recent example of this is West Surrey Racing’s championship triumphs with the BMW 1 series this season.
BMW first contested the British Touring Car Championship way back in the 1970s and quickly established itself as a major player on the Touring Car stage. Utilising it’s M3 model to devastating effect, BMW drivers regularly found themselves in the title hunt with the likes of Frank Sytner and Britains Will Hoy and Tim Harvey clinching the overall drivers crown in 1990, 1991 and 1992 respectively.
Later on, another championship would follow with Jo Winkelhock in 1993 before BMW left the championship as a manufacturer at the end of the 1995 season. What followed was a period of time where no BMW badged machines appeared on the BTCC grid. However, this would all change thanks to West Surrey Racing and their decision to run the BMW 3 Series and then later the 1 Series. With the 3 Series appearing as an established Touring Car towards the back end of the noughties, BMW’s in privateer hands were starting to see success again as Irishman Colin Turkington bagged an inaugural title in 2009.
Further titles would follow for Colin Turkington in 2014 and 2018 behind the wheel of a BMW 1 Series all the while helping to deliver West Surrey Racing numerous team titles. Come to the start of the 2017 season, BMW was back as a full works team. Upping their involvement with WSR the team's pair of 1 Series’ bought back the iconic M Sport livery to the grid alongside the Pirtek Racing badged 1 Series contender of Andrew Jordan.
The 9th round of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton in 2017 saw BMW register it’s 100th overall victory placing it right on the heels of Honda, Vauxhall and Ford for overall wins with Ford leading the tally.
To the present day, BMW goes for titles again in 2019 as it stays with West Surrey Racing to look towards adding to it’s ever increasing trophy count. With the countdown on, the 2019 BTCC season kicks off at Brands Hatch in April 2019.
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