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BMW's BTCC trio aiming high at Snetterton this weekend

Tuesday, July 25 2017

BMW's trio of Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship contenders can't wait to get back in action at Snetterton this weekend (29/30 July).

The WSR-run squad's leading driver, Rob Collard, is just 11 points off the title lead, whilst double champion Colin Turkington is just a further point in arrears.

"It's a great feeling to finish the first half of the year second in the championship and the leading BMW," Collard said. "I'm looking forward to the second half of the season. I very nearly won at Snetterton last year; it's been a bit of a bogey circuit in the past, but last year Shedden just beat me on the last lap.

"This year has been very competitive, every time you get in the car you're absolutely on the limit and you're hunting to find that half a tenth, whether it's in practice, qualifying or racing. I've never known such an intense season."

Turkington is also looking forward to getting back to the action. "I've enjoyed my return season with WSR a lot," he said. To be leading the Teams' and Manufacturers' Championships is excellent for everyone here. But we're only at the halfway stage of the season and there's still everything to play for.

"I have a little bit of ground to make up because of a bad weekend at Oulton Park, and that proves you need to maximise your points at every event to stay in contention. I've won at Snetterton four times so I'm pretty optimistic that I can score well this weekend and continue to close in on the lead of the points table."

The third, Pirtek-liveried car of Andrew Jordan has some ground to make up this weekend, but the 2013 champion will be starting light on ballast and has already won twice this season, his first in rear-wheel-drive machinery.

"Snetterton's a circuit I like and which I've won at twice in the BTCC," Jordan said. "It's also a track with a lot of slow corners, which should help us because when it comes to putting the power down exiting the tight stuff, there's nothing better than the BMW. That, plus the fact that I'm only carrying 27kg success ballast, should mean that we're in decent shape.

"Of course, the rest of the teams have made progress during the summer - just as we have - so we have to be mindful of that, but I really don't see any reason why this weekend can't be a good one."

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