WSR & TEAM BMW RETAIN OLIPHANT FOR 2021
Tom Oliphant will return with Team BMW for the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship as the WSR-run team today (10 February) reveals the second member of its three-car line-up.
The Leamington Spa-based driver enjoyed his best BTCC season to date last year, as he scored his maiden series victory with the BMW 330i M Sport at Brands Hatch, and added a further three podium finishes to secure sixth place in the Drivers’ Championship.
The 30-year-old made a decisive step forwards in 2020, outscoring his points tally in the previous year by 50 and remaining in title contention up to the penultimate race weekend of the campaign.
His efforts behind the wheel helped BMW to score a record-equalling fifth consecutive BTCC Manufacturers’ crown and enabled Team BMW to win a fourth Teams’ title in five years.
Oliphant will partner four-time champion Colin Turkington for a third successive campaign meaning that WSR – which has won 14 BTCC titles (including 13 in the past seven seasons) has an excellent opportunity to add to its growing trophy collection.
“I’m hugely excited about the season ahead, and naturally delighted to continue to race for Team BMW and WSR,” declared Oliphant. “I feel I’ve made a positive step forwards with my performance over the past two years and I now feel so dialled-in to the 330i M Sport…
“Going down to two cars last year meant that I took on greater responsibility and that’s really helped my own development both on-track and off it – I certainly feel stronger and more confident as a result.
“I’m ready to move up to the next level in the championship and with the best overall package on the grid, I’m confident I can challenge for the Drivers’ title and help BMW try to win a record-breaking sixth straight Manufacturers’ title.”
“Tom made a big step forwards in 2020, which I think was largely down to having a year’s experience under his belt with the rear-wheel-drive BMW and feeling ready to push himself to the next level,” added Team Principal Dick Bennetts. “We asked far more of him last year and he responded extremely well both on-track and off it.
“His first win at Brands Hatch – under incredible pressure from behind – was extremely impressive, as was his charge through the field at Silverstone from last to the top five. It was obvious to see how much he grew in confidence across the year and his constant improvement was key in enabling us to re-claim the Teams’ Championship for Team BMW. I think we’ll see even more from Tom in 2021, which would be great for both him and us.”