BTCC 2017: Rob Collard completes WSR BMW line-up

Multiple race winner Rob Collard will complete WSR's line-up in the 2017 British Touring Car Championship

BTCC 2017: Rob Collard completes WSR BMW line-up

He will join Colin Turkington, who is returning to the team, and 2013 champion Andrew Jordan to handle the rear-wheel-drive BMW 125i M Sport.

Collard will be starting his 10th season with the operation after a strong 2016.

He was leading the championship at the halfway stage and took two wins, before placing fifth in the final rankings.

Collard also won the series' award for completing the most overtaking moves, gaining 140 positions over the course of the campaign.

"The team has a pedigree like no other in the BTCC and the level of professionalism and preparation that has been key to its success is clear to see in everything it does," Collard said.

"This will be my 10th season with the team and I plan to use that continuity to my advantage.

"I took my first BTCC win and my first podium with WSR and now my aim is to take my first title with them too.

"With Colin and Andrew as my team-mates, I think we have the strongest line-up in the championship and I can't wait to start testing the latest development of the BMW later this month."

Team principal Dick Bennetts said: "Rob is very much part of the family here, is one of the best drivers in the BTCC for pure racing ability and played a pivotal role in WSR's constructors' and teams' title successes in 2016.

"I don't see any reason why he can't be a title contender again."

2017 BTCC LINE-UP SO FAR

AmD Tuning Audi S3 Saloon
Ollie Jackson, Ant Whorton-Eales

BTC Racing Chevrolet Cruze
Chris Smiley, Dave Newsham

Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Adam Morgan

Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type-R
Jeff Smith, Jack Goff

Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis
Rob Austin

Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Aiden Moffat

Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus
Stewart Lines

Motorbase Performance Ford Focus
Mat Jackson, Luke Davenport, Martin Depper

Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra
Tom Chilton, Senna Proctor

Speedworks Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram

Team BMR Subaru Levorg
Jason Plato, Ash Sutton, James Cole, TBA

Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R
Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Matt Simpson

Team Hard VW CC
Will Burns, Michael Epps, Jake Hill

Team Parker Ford Focus
Stephen Jelley

Triple Eight MG MG6
Aron Taylor-Smith, Dan Lloyd

WSR BMW 125i M Sport
Andrew Jordan, Colin Turkington, Rob Collard

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