Silverline Subaru BMR Racing back on track
The manufacturer-backed Subaru squad will return to BTCC action at Oulton Park this weekend (4/5 June) looking to bounce back from a difficult weekend at Thruxton last time out.
Recurring fuel system issues – first experienced at Donington Park – forced Silverline Subaru BMR Racing to make the difficult decision to withdraw from action at last month’s meeting in Hampshire.
New components and engine modifications have since been tested during an intensive two day run at the Pembrey circuit in Wales, however, which has left the team’s star drivers in confident mood.
“We had a really productive two days in Wales,” said double BTCC champion Colin Turkington. “It was the first opportunity we’ve had to put in some proper test miles and I’m pleased that we made some good gains with the chassis and engine. The issues we had at Thruxton all appear to be sorted and the team has left no stone unturned to ensure that we take a good step forward.
“I can’t wait to get back in the car now and see where we fall into the pack. I’ve been working as hard as I can in my own preparation and have managed to get some extra racing miles in various other cars just to make sure I’m as sharp as possible.
“Throughout this development period the spirit of the team has been unwavering, and they deserve a top result. I hope I can be the one to do that for them.
“I’ve also been blown away by the support of fans and I want to thank them for the loyalty and passion they have shown.”
Jason Plato is also buoyed by recent developments and believes the four Subaru Levorgs will suit the 2.26-mile Oulton Park Island Circuit this weekend.
“All of our cars have engine upgrades for this weekend that will give us a bit more performance, and I think our chassis will go very well round there,” he said.
“It’s an amazing circuit, a beautiful fast, flowing track with funny cambers – a real drivers track, my kind of circuit, and if we manage to get the car working well we can do great things.
“We know on the dyno (rolling testing track), but on track we don’t yet know. But I’m hopeful of a podium for sure.”
To find out if Silverline Subaru Team BMR can clinch its first podium then make sure you attend the Cheshire track this weekend, or catch the action live and exclusively on ITV4 from 11:15am on Sunday.