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February 2019

BMW and WSR bring 3 Series back to BTCC

BMW 3 series_Photo credit Nick Moss Design

The most successful model in the history of touring car racing, the BMW 3 Series, will make a spectacular return to the British Touring Car Championship in 2019 with Team BMW and BMW Pirtek Racing.

Three examples of the 330i M Sport will be driven by Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant and Andrew Jordan and run by reigning champion team WSR, who have designed and built the race car around the new seventh-generation model.

The 3 Series has won major championships on every continent including five Drivers’ titles and two Manufacturers’ crowns in the BTCC between 1988 and 2009 and gained iconic status as one of motor racing’s greatest cars.

Sunbury-on-Thames-based WSR began its ultra-successful relationship with BMW with the fifth-generation 320si in 2007.

Winning the Independent Drivers’ and Teams’ titles for three consecutive years, the team achieved a first outright BTCC crown in 2009 with Colin Turkington netting the Drivers’ championship at a dramatic Brands Hatch season finale.

Stephen Jelley, Rob Collard and Tom Onslow-Cole all contributed to 19 victories while WSR and Colin also claimed a win in the FIA World Touring Car Championship with the model.

The 330i M Sport replaces the 125i M Sport, which has been the most successful car in WSR’s history.

Debuted in 2013, it propelled Colin to two Drivers’ championships as well as taking four Teams’ titles, three Manufacturers’/Constructors’ crowns, 36 race wins and 116 podium finishes.

The new BTCC season starts at the legendary Brands Hatch circuit in Kent on April 6-7, with the 330i M Sport set to appear for the first time in public at the same circuit at the series’ Media Day on March 27.

 

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “We are really pleased to be bringing the BMW 3 Series back to the BTCC. We achieved a great deal of success with the fifth-generation model between 2007 and 2012, so we are hugely excited to see what the latest version is capable of. A lot of hard work and countless hours lie ahead, but we are all confident of turning this car into a winner and hopefully reinstating it in its rightful place – at the front of the field in Britain’s premier motorsport series.”

 

Graeme Grieve, CEO, BMW UK, said: “The BMW 3 Series has a rich and successful history competing in the BTCC and we are extremely proud to see that tradition continue. This all-new BMW 3 Series is the road-going dynamic benchmark and we have a great track record working with our partners at West Surrey Racing, so 2019 looks set to be a very exciting year for us in the BTCC.”

 

Image information
All images show a graphical rendering of the BMW 330i to be raced by Team BMW and BMW Pirtek Racing in the 2019 British Touring Car Championship. Photo credit Nick Moss Design.

Press release credit: West Surrey Racing.

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Best of British are back!

Ben Murphy The Blades Racing Team

Pilot Ben Murphy and the Blades Racing Team kick off 2019 World Championship this weekend

3D scanning company Physical Digital® continue to support The Blades Racing Team as Technical Partners, as they enter the start of their second Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Just one year ago, British pilot Ben Murphy and the Blades Racing Team were making their debut in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship with an astonishing sixth-place performance at the 2018 opener in Abu Dhabi. The effort jump-started what turned out to be the best rookie season ever delivered by a graduate of the sport’s exclusive feeder class. On 8-9 February, Murphy will race over Abu Dhabi’s Corniche once again, launching a brand-new season that holds strong promise for his
first race podium.

 

With experience as a former Team Leader of the Red Arrows, and an exceptionally dynamic team behind him, anticipation for Murphy’s premiere season had been high among Britain’s aviation and motorsport fans last year. But the Blades’ accomplishments exceeded all expectations: no Race Day pylon hits, advancements to the Round of 8 in over 60 percent of their races, an impressive 29 World Championship points and a final placement in the top half of the field at seventh overall. Perhaps most indicative of their rapid progress were two consecutive advancements to the Final 4 to close the calendar, with Murphy finishing just a tenth of a second off the podium at the November season finale.

Acknowledging that missing the race podium by such a small margin has made him “even hungrier,” Murphy will be looking to accelerate his 2018 momentum with a strong result in Abu Dhabi on Friday and Saturday. All season long he will be joined by the same outstanding team members: Team Principal Andy Offer, Team Manager Rebecca Allen, Tactician Neil Furness, Technician Andreas Kaufmann and Team Coordinator Annie Stone. In addition, the Blades Racing Team remains in partnership with their longstanding and highly supportive sponsors, Aerobytes, Zyrad Cables and the RAF Benevolent Fund. With a full year of collaboration and experience under their belt, they have become a tight unit, determined to build on their initial successes for continued progression. Throughout the eight-race 2019 season, the Blades Racing Team will be working to refine their processes and squeeze even more performance out of their raceplane. They will also be covering the globe with more ease and efficiency than ever, thanks to a new partnership with OGIO.

“We’re continuously reviewing every detail of how we operate this year, even more so now that we have teamed up with OGIO to supply the team’s luggage to improve how we travel and get kit to and from locations,” Murphy says. “It’s just another example of how, on every level, our goal this season is to get better.”

See Britain’s only Red Bull Air Race team soar into the 2019 season. For ticket information and all the latest news on the World Championship, visit www.redbullairrace.com.

Red Bull Air Race 2019 Calendar
8-9 February: Abu Dhabi, UAE
TBA: Europe
15-16 June: Kazan, Russia
13-14 July: Budapest, Hungary
7-8 September: Chiba, Japan
TBA: Asia
19-20 October: Indianapolis, USA
8-9 November: Saudi Arabia

About Red Bull Air Race

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an aerial motorsport series that demands a combination of speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, high performance race planes, pilots compete in iconic locations over water and land. The high speed, low altitude and extreme manoeuvrability required make it accessible only to the world’s most exceptional pilots. Flying just metres from the ground, 14 Master Class pilots race against the clock whilst reaching speeds of up to 370 km/h, requiring a combination of precision and skill unmatched in the world of aviation. Pilots must be in peak physical condition as they endure forces up to 12G while navigating the technical racetracks made up of air-filled pylons.

The Air Race was developed in 2003 and is accredited by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), with more than 90 races completed across five continents. As the most advanced aerial challenge in existence, competing in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the highest accolade for elite pilots.

A Challenger Cup feeder series was introduced in 2014 with the goal of facilitating the development of the unique skills required for the Master Class for the next generation of pilots.

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