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Biography

West Surrey Racing is a legendary race team with a history dating back to 1981. Team Principal Dick Bennetts was instrumental in the careers of a number of motorsport superstars, including Ayrton Senna.

WSR made the move into the BTCC in 1996 to run the factory Ford outfit, with Will Hoy taking a first win for the squad in 1998. After fielding ‘works’ Honda Accords between 1999-2000 and spearheading a factory MG effort from 2001-2003, in 2004, the team entered the championship independently, winning the Independents’ title at the first time of asking. A switch to BMW machinery in 2007 proved very successful, as Colin Turkington went on to lift the overall Drivers’ laurels in the final race of 2009.

With the addition of eBay Motors support in 2012, drivers Rob Collard, Tom Onslow-Cole and Nick Foster piloted WSR to second in the standings. For 2013, the team built no fewer than three BMW 125i M Sport NGTC cars, with Collard and Foster joined by the returning Turkington. The car quickly showed its potential, and the Northern Irishman found himself challenging for the overall Drivers’ championship until the final event of the year.

2014 was an incredible season for the team, as it clinched every title available. Turkington claimed a second Drivers’ crown and Collard rediscovered his own winning ways at Knockhill.

2015 saw a change of title sponsor as Sam Tordoff joined the squad alongside Collard under the Team JCT600 with GardX banner, while three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx brought IHG Rewards Club backing to the third BMW. Running as a Constructor for the first time, the three drivers claimed seven wins between them, with Tordoff taking the honours as the highest-finishing WSR runner in sixth overall.

2016 proved to be a vintage year for the outfit as it romped to the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ championships, with both Collard and Tordoff heading into the final weekend of the season still in with a shot at the outright Drivers’ title. The latter had led the pecking order for much of the campaign but couldn’t quite hold on as a charging Gordon Shedden made his presence felt and overhauled the Yorkshireman at the last.

BMW officially aligned with West Surrey Racing for 2017 to field a trio of 125i M Sports. The addition of factory support from the Bavarian giant looked to be a move that would galvanise WSR’s bid. Turkington re-signed for the team, as Collard agreed a new deal with the Surrey squad and Andrew Jordan joined the stable under the BMW Pirtek Racing banner.

It was a strong campaign. Collard notched a victory and six additional podiums, leading him to fifth in the overall standings, while Jordan took to the top step at Brands Hatch and added a couple more successes at Oulton Park and Rockingham on his way to ninth.

Turkington, meanwhile, enjoyed the strongest season of the bunch. Wins at Donington Park, Thruxton, Croft and Brands Hatch were interspersed by a smattering of podium finishes, giving the Ulsterman’s campaign a consistent push toward the top of the table. It wasn’t to be in the end, however, as a puncture prematurely scuppered his championship charge in the finale and even a storming drive from 15th to victory wasn’t quite enough.

The Northern Irishman did go one better, though, in an ultra-competitive 2018 campaign. His only triumph of the season came at Oulton Park, but with the wins shared between a record 17 different drivers, consistency proved to be king and Turkington came out on top to seal his third Drivers’ trophy – all achieved in West Surrey Racing-run BMW machinery.

In 2019, WSR and BMW entered a trio of brand new 330i M Sports for Turkington, Jordan and Tom Oliphant. Turkington and Jordan battled for glory throughout the season, taking five and six wins respectively, with Turkington ultimately emerging on top to secure a record-equalling fourth title.

Team BMW returned with a driver line-up of Turkington and Oliphant in 2020, with Oliphant bagged his maiden BTCC win during the campaign. Turkington’s fight for a fifth title ultimately fell short during the ultra-competitive season, but the squad had reason to celebrate, bagging the Teams’ and Manufacturers’ titles in the BMW 330i M Sports.

Returning to a three-car line-up for the 2021 campaign, Stephen Jelley joins Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant as the trio fronts Team BMW’s BTCC attack this year.


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Season Results

Colin Turkington

EventSessionPosition
Thruxton 1Qualifying3rd
Race 110th
Race 27th
Race 36th
SnettertonQualifying1st
SnettertonTop Ten Showdown1st
Race 11st
Race 22nd
Race 37th
Brands Hatch IndyQualifying14th
Race 120th
Race 217th
Race 314th
Oulton ParkQualifying9th
Race 118th
Race 212th
Race 38th
KnockhillQualifying1st
Race 11st
Race 22nd
Race 38th
Thruxton 2Qualifying9th
Race 112th
Race 26th
Race 32nd
CroftQualifying3rd
Race 14th
Race 27th
Race 31st
SilverstoneQualifying2nd
SilverstoneTop Ten Showdown6th
Race 16th
Race 23rd
Race 38th
Donington ParkQualifying2nd
Donington ParkTop Ten Showdown6th
Race 15th
Race 211th
Race 31st

Stephen Jelley

EventSessionPosition
Thruxton 1Qualifying18th
Race 1DNF
Race 211th
Race 310th
SnettertonQualifying6th
SnettertonTop Ten Showdown4th
Race 14th
Race 27th
Race 35th
Brands Hatch IndyQualifying10th
Race 114th
Race 2DNF
Race 322nd
Oulton ParkQualifying8th
Race 15th
Race 27th
Race 32nd
KnockhillQualifying14th
Race 111th
Race 29th
Race 33rd
Thruxton 2Qualifying15th
Race 115th
Race 214th
Race 314th
CroftQualifying12th
Race 113th
Race 210th
Race 314th
SilverstoneQualifying10th
SilverstoneTop Ten Showdown9th
Race 19th
Race 28th
Race 35th
Donington ParkQualifying17th
Race 115th
Race 213th
Race 39th

Tom Oliphant

EventSessionPosition
Thruxton 1Qualifying6th
Race 115th
Race 210th
Race 37th
SnettertonQualifying3rd
SnettertonTop Ten Showdown9th
Race 18th
Race 26th
Race 316th
Brands Hatch IndyQualifying4th
Race 11st
Race 23rd
Race 315th
Oulton ParkQualifying14th
Race 1DNF
Race 314th
KnockhillQualifying10th
Race 1DNF
Race 217th
Race 314th
Thruxton 2Qualifying5th
Race 13rd
Race 23rd
Race 312th
CroftQualifying6th
Race 120th
Race 2DNF
Race 313th
SilverstoneQualifying12th
Race 111th
Race 220th
Race 311th
Donington ParkQualifying18th
Race 116th
Race 224th
Race 320th

Titles

2020BTCC Manufacturers’ & Teams’ Champions
2019
 BTCC Manufacturers’ & Drivers’ Champions
2018 BTCC Manufacturers’ & Teams’ Champions
2017 BTCC Manufacturers’ & Teams’ Champions
2016 BTCC Manufacturers’ & Teams’ Champions
2014 BTCC Drivers’, Teams’, Independent Drivers & Teams’ Champions
2009 BTCC Drivers’, Independent Drivers’ & Teams’ Champions
2008 BTCC Independent Drivers’ & Teams’ Champions
2007 BTCC Independent Drivers’ & Teams’ Champions
2004 BTCC Independent Drivers’ & Teams’ Champions

Team Stats

Team: Team BMW
Car: BMW 330i M Sport
Drivers: Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant & Stephen Jelley
First Season: 1996

Races: 701
Wins: 102
Podiums: 321

Fastest Laps: 124

First Win: 1999
Constructors Wins: 5
Championship Wins: 3

Team Info


Team Principal: Dick Bennetts
Phone: 08707 277500
Email:  enquiries@WSR-racing.com
Team Address: WSR, Longwood Business Park, Fordbridge Road, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 6AZ

 

 

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