BTCC squad WSR buoyed by new BMW 125i potential

WSR believes that the new BMW 125i that it will run in the British Touring Car Championship this year, will provide "a new dimension of grip" compared to the car it is replacing

BTCC squad WSR buoyed by new BMW 125i potential

The 125i, which WSR has built to NGTC specification, made its track debut at Brands Hatch on Thursday with Nick Foster driving.

Despite poor weather and an early technical problem limiting the car to just six laps, Foster said he could already feel the potential of the car against the S2000-spec 320si that WSR ran from 2007-12.

"This was only a shakedown, but the impressions so far have been really good," Foster said.

"It looks great, feels solid and it certainly seems like there's another dimension of grip for us.

"We just have to get some teething bits sorted and get ready to have another good test next Tuesday."

Colin Turkington, who is returning to the BTCC this year for the first time since winning the 2009 title with WSR, was also present at Brands Hatch, but did not drive the car.

He is optimistic that the new-car teething troubles will be swiftly ironed out.

"You have to expect a bit of a bumpy ride, but hopefully we can iron out the gremlins before we get to [the opening round of the championship at] Brands Hatch.

"Everyone's putting in 100 per cent and is going to do the best they can."

WSR is scheduled to return to Brands Hatch for more testing next Tuesday.

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