WSR and Team JCT600 with GardX claimed a double title success at a dramatic conclusion to the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.
The Sunbury-on-Thames-based organisation secured the BTCC Manufacturers’/Constructors’ crown with a race to spare on Sunday while Team JCT600 with GardX became Teams’ Champions in a nail-biting season finale.
Both Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard began the day with hopes of becoming drivers’ champion as part of an eight-way battle for honours.
Hampshireman Rob twice lost significant time while avoiding other drivers’ incidents in races one and two, and came home 12th and 10th, meaning that he was sadly out of title contention before he added ninth spot in the finale.
Sam, from Leeds, however, remained at the head of the standings until the finale, but missed out on the championship by just two points, his three top-10 finishes bringing his total to 306 against title winner Gordon Shedden’s 308.
Superb teamwork throughout the day ensured WSR claimed the HiQ Teams’ Trophy for the final event of the season as the top points-scorers of the event.
Rob, who finished fifth in the points, was confirmed as the winner of the Dunlop #ForeverForward Trophy, awarded to the driver who has gained the most number of positions in races during the season, and ended 2016 with four fastest laps – a total unbeaten by any other driver in the series.
WSR’s championship success means that they will mark their 20th anniversary of BTCC competition with their fifth overall crown and their fourth in three years.
The BTCC resumes in 2017 with a 10-round calendar beginning on the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on 1-2 April.
Sam Tordoff said: “While I’m obviously gutted to lead the championship for most of the season and then miss out on the drivers’ title by two points, I’m incredibly proud of myself, of the job done by everyone at WSR and the support we’ve had from BMW, JCT600 and GardX all season. We’ve ended the season as constructors’ and teams’ champions and honestly I couldn’t have asked for much more. This weekend I’ve actually scored some decent points, but the pace needed to get us over the line wasn’t quite there; we needed something extra and it wasn’t quite there.”
Rob Collard said: “Two out of three isn’t bad and I’m very proud to be a part of a team that’s won the teams’ and constructors’ titles this year. For me personally, this weekend was a bit disappointing. The BMW was, excellent in the corners – as usual – but overtaking was very difficult and having to lose so many places in races one and two because some other drivers decided to drive into each other was quite frustrating.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “I’m really happy for everyone at WSR to be celebrating the manufacturers’/constructors’ title and have to say a big thank you JCT600, GardX and BMW UK for the support they’ve given us this year on our way to the teams’ title. Motor racing is a real team effort and this is a deserving reward for a fantastic group of people. We did, of course, come here looking for three titles, rather than two and I’m gutted that we weren’t able to get Sam over the line. But he’s raised his level considerably this year – as has Rob – and we’re determined to bounce back even stronger in 2017.”