WSR’s landmark win for BMW at Silverstone

Colin Turkington scored a landmark 150th British Touring Car Championship win for BMW, after both he and Jake Hill (Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport) claimed a double-victory at Silverstone (23/24 September).The Team BMW driver’s Race-Three victory, combined with an earlier wet-weather success for Hill, nearly doubled BMW’s Manufacturers’ Championship lead with just one round of the 2023 season remaining.The day’s opening race hinged on tyre choice as the heavens opened just as the grid was being cleared before the start.Opting for wet-weather Goodyears, Hill stormed into the lead at the start from fourth on the grid and claimed his fifth win of the year aboard his BMW 330e M Sport.Turkington, meanwhile, started on slicks and dropped back; the Northern Irishman sustaining damage from an incident that led to several laps in the pits for repairs and, ultimately, non-classification.From the back of the grid in Race Two the four-time series champion stormed through to eighth place, which became fifth on Race Three’s partially-reversed grid.A magnificent drive in the finale, netted a fourth win of 2023 and the 67th of his illustrious BTCC career. Although, an incident in Race Two required Jelley to battle back through the field and recover to 18th. Colin Turkington said: “What a great way to finish with such a milestone win for BMW. We went for slick tyres just as it started raining in Race One and that started everything off. I struggled for balance in Race Two, but in Race Three the BMW felt amazing and it was just a case of being patient with the guys ahead and using the hybrid to stay in front once I was there. Craig [Porley – Race Engineer] did a mega job with the BMW and the car was fantastic in both the wet and the dry.

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