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BMR Racing are delighted to confirm that current BTCC Champion Ash Sutton will remain with us for the 2018 season in a bid to defend the Driver’s Championship title.

23 year old Ash, from the Herts and Essex border, was crowned the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion back in October last year at Brands Hatch after an outstanding year with Team BMR in the Subaru Levorg Sports Tourer.  In only his second year in the series, he totalled an impressive six outright wins and celebrated no less than fifteen podium positions during the season.

Ash has been heavily involved with BMR since an early stage in his career after his talent was identified by the BMR Academy that provides mentoring to help young drivers maximise their skills and provide them with the expertise required to compete to the best of their ability and progress through the ranks of motorsport to ensure them of the best possible careers.

The BTCC Champion title tops his career so far on his superb run of success over the last four seasons after securing the Jack Sears Trophy in his rookie Touring Car campaign in 2016 and the Renault UK Clio Cup and Formula Ford scholarship class titles in 2015 and 2014.

Ash Sutton commented:  “I am pleased to be back on the grid for the 2018 season with Team BMR and back behind the wheel of my championship winning Subaru Levorg! Last year is going to stick with me, it was a roller coaster of a season but one that’s going to sit well in the memory bank. I wouldn’t have been able to get where I am now if it wasn’t for all my sponsors and for the BMR Academy that have supported me from the beginning.

“Everyone has been asking how I will approach this year now I am going in defending my title. I won’t be changing my approach too much but just making sure I am honing in on all my defects that stood out this year, to make sure I am in the best possible position come the end of the season.  We, as a team, will be taking into account the Teams Championship along with the Manufactures title for Subaru. I can’t wait to get going, the boys are working hard in the workshop in preparation for what lies ahead.”

Warren Scott commented:  “We’re delighted and extremely proud that Ash will be carrying the number one on his Subaru Levorg for 2018 and we are very excited about the 60th Anniversary season ahead.  With Ash wrapping up the Driver’s Championship last year we will be looking to defend that title along with launching a full assault on clinching the Manufacturers title for Subaru along with the overall Team’s Championship”.

Paul Tunnicliffe, Managing Director of Subaru UK commented: “It’s great to have Ash on board again for 2018. We’re looking forward to another successful year with BMR and we know they’ll work the Levorg Sports Tourers to their max. Ash is a great driver and we’re expecting another year of exciting races from him”.
You can catch Ash at Autosport International this weekend (13/14 January) at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham where he will be speaking of his success and his season ahead.  Please keep an eye out on our social media channels for more details.  Ash’s championship winning car will be on display on the Adrian Flux Insurance stand in Hall 6.

We will be making further exciting announcements regarding our drivers and sponsors for 2018 very soon.
Lydden Hill plays host to BTCC and Rallycross head-to-head
• Newly-crowned BTCC champion Ash Sutton and British RX champion Nathan Heathcote go head-to-head
• Battle of the Champions sees Subaru BTCC and Citroen BRX machines pitched together in classic showdown
• Sutton to sample 600bhp British RX power for demo appearance
• Lydden hosts MotorMania amid firework celebrations


Two of the most exciting and current names in British motorsport, Ash Sutton and Nathan Heathcote, will go head-to-head on Saturday 4 November, as part of Lydden Hill’s MotorMania event at the Kent track. The newly-crowned champions of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship will headline a packed programme of demo races, prior to the traditional fireworks display.

Sutton was crowned BTCC champion after an explosive season in the UK’s premier saloon car series which saw him the only driver to claim six wins across the season. Heathcote clinched the British RX title in style with victory in the final at Croft, and followed that up with a win in the British Rallycross Grand Prix the following day.

The two will race their cars head to head on the respective tracks; Sutton taking the wheel of his Adrian Flux Subaru Levorg, while Heathcote will drive his 600bhp LD Motorsport Citroen DS3. It will be interesting to see how they get on, with Ash particularly excited to be fulfilling his rallycross ambition.

“It will be great to get out behind the wheel of a British Rallycross Championship car, especially one that has just won the championship.” said Sutton. “Rallycross is always an avenue that I’ve been interested in so I’m excited to be fulfilling an ambition. I’ve never driven a rallycross car before, so I will be turning to the BMR boss, Warren Scott, to get some pointers considering his successful debut year. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for making this happen.”

Joining the two former karters in the programme of action for MotorMania will be the MSA British Superkarts, Norasport British Supermoto, Sidecars, Supernational hot rods, Drift displays, and solo scooters as well as demo races from a mixture of drivers from the circuit racing world.

Fancy experiencing the adrenaline for yourself? Why not take to the circuit as a passenger in a drift or circuit racing car, or show them how it’s done by taking your own car to the circuit in the public track time session? Off track there will be a mixture of entertainment for the whole family including a funfair, car and bike displays, show ‘n’ shine competition, trade stands, hot food stalls and a Bar.

Track action gets underway from 1pm on Saturday 4 November, with the Firework Display due to start at 5pm.

Tickets are available here for just £12 per adult, while under 12’s go free of charge. For more information on the event please visit http://www.lyddenhill.co.uk/ or contact the office on 01304 830557

Photo credit:  Lydden Hill

Team BMR can today confirm that Technical Director Carl Faux is off to pastures new as he ends his BTCC career on a high and makes the switch with an entirely new challenge in Australian Supercars.

Carl has had three successful seasons with Team BMR in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and in 2015, his maiden year with the team, he played a huge part in putting BMR on the map with his massive contribution in assisting us in claiming our first ever Teams Championship title.

2016 brought an exciting new chapter to BMR with Subaru arriving in the championship as a new manufacturer outfit.  Carl’s lead design skills on the newly built Subaru Levorg spearheaded the development of the car which was publicly witnessed throughout the season as the projects time frame didn’t allow for any pre-season testing.  By the second half of the season, the Levorg had started to show its real potential and finally shine as something very special indeed, a realisation by many others that dubbed the Levorg The Frankenstein of the championship.

2017 speaks for itself as Ash Sutton and BMR clinched the overall BTCC drivers title and runners-up for Subaru in the Manufacturer Championship, Carl’s drive and commitment to the Subaru Levorg project played a massive part in our achievements.

Speaking of Carl’s time at Team BMR, Team Principal Warren Scott commented “Carl has been a pleasure to work with over the past three seasons and has brought a tremendous amount of knowledge to the team which has aided BMR in its growth and development as a front-running BTCC team.

“I wish Carl good luck for the future and would like to thank him for all his efforts and great achievements that he has brought to BMR.”

Speaking of his time with us here at BMR Carl states “My BTCC journey is at an end.  My time in the championship has run its course and I am going half a world away to try my hand in Australian Supercars, a new challenge in a new country will be nothing less than an experience.  As they say, a change is as good as a rest.
“I know that with the team that BMR have they will continue to grow and improve, the seeds were planted a long time ago, they have been watered and nurtured and now it is time for the next generation to bloom.  I will be keeping a close eye on the successes they have ahead of them, I know there will be many, and I wish BMR every success going forward.”

All of us at BMR Racing would like to thank Carl for his tremendous input to the team and we wish him continued success in his future career.

Written by Maddy Turner of BMR Racing
BMR Racing are celebrating success after Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver Ash Sutton was crowned the 2017 British Touring Car Champion after claiming 6 race wins and 14 podiums in what has been an incredible season.
In only his second year in the championship 23-year-old Ash arrived at the Brands Hatch GP Circuit season finale leading the championship by just 10 points ahead of former Double BTCC Champion Colin Turkington. 
Arriving at the circuit with the maximum 75kgs of success ballast on board his Subaru Levorg, Ash started the weekend with a strong qualifying session on Saturday afternoon setting the 3rd quickest time.  His rival Turkington endured a session plagued with electrical problems and only managed a time which placed him down the order to position him 17th on the grid for the first of Sundays three races.
Ash had a superb first race of the day finishing on the podium in 3rd place keeping his championship hopes well and truly alive. The race was won by Aiden Moffat with Tom Ingram in second.  Turkington only managed to score one point after finishing back in 15th place giving Ash a great 24-point advantage.  Fellow Subaru drivers James Cole, Jason Plato and Josh Price finished in 19th, 22nd and 28th respectively.
The title was in touching distance but we all know that anything can happen in BTCC and for race two Ash would be carrying 57kg whilst Turkington would be weight free.  Turkington flew through the race and up the order to take the win whilst Ash being bagged down with the ballast still managed a great battle and finished in 12th place.  The points margin was greatly reduced and Ash now held just a six-point advantage in the lead. James finished in 22nd with Josh 23rd and Jason 24th.
The number 10 ball was selected for the reverse grid draw which would see Mike Epps on pole position for the third and final race of the day.  This placed Ash’s main rival Turkington 10th on the grid with 75kgs of ballast and a weight free Ash right behind him in 12th for the final showdown and with the rain arriving it made things a little more interesting. 
Ash got a great start in the final race, as did his rival Turkington and both got a clean getaway before disaster struck on lap two for Turkington when he received contact as Ingram’s Toyota touched the Ford of Mat Jackson through Graham Hill Bend sending Jackson off the circuit briefly and as he returned to the track he made contact with Turkington breaking the right rear upright on the BMW resulting in him retiring from the race and putting an end to his title bid.  Turkington’s demise meant that Ash had secured the BTCC title!!!!  The remaining laps seemed to go on for an eternity but the celebrations were already in force as reality sunk in that we had won the outright drivers title, in just the fifth year as a team in the championship and only the second for Subaru and their Levorg model.  The race was eventually won by Rob Austin with Jack Goff claiming second place as Ash completed the podium after making up a staggering nine places to finish in third.
An emotional Ash Sutton commented: “I’m absolutely over the moon, this is a dream come true!  To sum up the day, race one everything went as planned and we got the resulted we needed but then come race two we lost some of the points to Colin that we’d gained in the first part of the day so it was proving to be a real roller coaster.  For race three, we started just behind Colin on the grid with him carrying ballast and us being weight free I knew we had to give it everything we had and we keep him in sight.  When I saw him get tangled up at the bottom of Graham Hill Bend the team came over the radio to tell me he was out of the race and I was free to go and enjoy myself.  I couldn’t believe it, I had to double check a couple of times to make absolutely certain and even then, it didn’t really sink in and to top it off I got another podium position.
“For myself and the team this means absolutely everything, we have all worked very hard for this.  It’s been a tough year for Subaru, things haven’t always gone smoothly and we’ve had a lot thrown at us but we’ve just kept picking ourselves back up and made the most of the Subaru Levorg especially through the corners when we’ve lacked the straight-line speed. 
“I’d like to thank everyone who’s been behind me this year, to the team, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru UK, the sponsors and the fans, I couldn’t have done this without you all, thank you for believing in me.”

Warren Scott, BMR Racing Team Principal, commented “It’s absolutely amazing!  The championship title was always the goal and we always believed but to finally achieve it is just something else.

“We started off the season knowing that we had the best package on the grid with the Subaru Levorg but we can’t take anything away from the team who have continuously fought through to the bring the car up to being competitive by Oulton Park, it’s from there that we’ve been strong.

“Most people will probably say that we won the championship with the great points scored at Oulton Park and Croft but I truly believe the championship was won in races 1, 2 and 3 where our straight-line performance wasn’t where we wanted, but with the strength of the team and the drivers we lost the fewest points as possible to help us to win the final.

“Ash certainly has been the star of the paddock this year, but we have always known that to be the case, he has a fantastic future ahead of him and one that we are very excited about.”


Paul Tunnicliffe, Managing Director of Subaru UK, commented: “I couldn’t be more thrilled about our success.  I have personally followed the team around the circuits this season, and always felt we would be in a great position for the championship come the end of September.  The best car, the best drivers and the best team, it all came good.  Whilst it would have been easier on the nerves had we wrapped it up earlier, I am delighted for the fans that they could enjoy an exciting final race day, and we can be happy that we have triumphed in a campaign that has, once again, delivered the best in spectator entertainment.  I am very grateful to every member of the hardworking team at BMR, who have endured long days and sleepless nights throughout the season.  In Ash we have a worthy winner, and a fine ambassador for the Subaru brand – from Rookie to championship winner in two seasons is a remarkable achievement, and I anticipate more of the same next season."
We would like to finish by saying a huge thank you to Subaru UK, Adrian Flux Insurance Services, Autoglym and all of our loyal sponsors, to our technical partners and the behind the scenes team and finally to all of our fans that have shown us their support throughout the year.

Written by Maddy Turner of BMR Racing

Images courtesy of Phil Laughton Photography

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s Ash Sutton, Jason Plato, James Cole and BMR Academy driver Josh Price are intent on finishing their 2017 seasons on a high as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to the iconic Brands Hatch GP Circuit, for the final three rounds of the season this weekend (30 September-1 October).

Returning to the venue where the Subaru Levorg’s endured a tricky start to their BTCC season back in April on the Indy Circuit, 23-year-old Ash from the Hertfordshire/Essex border, has the opportunity to take the overall championship title in only his second season after winning last year’s Jack Sears Championship for rookie drivers.  To hang on to his lead position in the championship standings all Ash needs to do is prevent two-time champion and BMW rival Colin Turkington from closing the 10 point gap.  With 67 points up for grabs over the weekend the BMR Racing young gun is one of three drivers with a mathematical shot of being crowned Champion with Honda’s Gordon Shedden currently trailing Turkington by just 56 points.

Jason, James, and Josh will be doing all they can to assist their teammate in taking the coveted crown with all three drivers having made fantastic progress producing some fantastic results during the second half of the season.  Although luck hasn’t always been on their side which has hampered their point hauls for 2017, they will all be looking to finish on a high to round out the season.

The team have had a tremendous journey this year, once again we have endured some tough times in the championship and we have had our knock backs but we have always come back fighting and have given it our all and with the support of our loyal team members, sponsors and fans.  We are proud to have fought a great battle and will continue to do so right up until the very end of race three on Sunday afternoon. 

Qualifying will be shown live on the ITV website (www.itv.com/btcc) at 15:05 this Saturday with race day coverage being shown live on ITV4 beginning at 10.30 on Sunday morning.

Written by Maddy Turner

Photos courtesy of Phil Laughton Photography

Silverstone was never going to be an easy circuit for the Subaru Levorgs with the National Circuit favouring the front wheel drive cars and coupled with the fact that the team had been hit with another boost adjustment we knew it was going to be a tough weekend for all four drivers but once again Ash Sutton delivered and remained at the top of the tables.
For the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing drivers, the man with the most at stake was championship leader Ash who arrived at Silverstone with just a 12 point lead ahead of his main championship contender Colin Turkington.  The championship lead also meant that Ash would be carrying the full 75kgs of success ballast, so his straight line speed would be greatly affected.    
Jason who arrived at Silverstone sitting 10th in the championship standings was carrying 9kgs and James was weight free.  Josh in the BMR Academy car was also free of ballast.
With rounds 25, 26 and 27 being the penultimate races of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, every point that was up for grabs would be absolutely crucial in our bid for the Drivers, Manufacturers and Teams titles.
Qualifying on Saturday afternoon confirmed our performance suspicions and Ash was the quickest of the Levorgs setting the 10th quickest time, with Jason 11th, James 13th and Josh in the BMR Academy Levorg set the 19th fastest time.  The entire 32 car field was covered by less than a second with Jack Goff’s Honda claiming pole position.
Race One

As the lights went out, the four Subaru Levorgs all got away well off the damp start line and the drivers held their positions for the first few laps with the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram taking the lead with Goff hot on his heels.  With all eyes on the weather, the wet tyres were on standby as the rain then started to fall on some parts of the circuit making for some tricky conditions.
The first setback for the team was on lap 3 when Josh ran wide in the BMR Academy Subaru which resulted in him dropping back down the order to last place. 
Ash had soon gained his first position and was up to 9th place with teammate Jason acting as rear gunner right behind him in 10th defending those behind him and allowing Ash to concentrate on those out in front.  The next advantage for Ash was on lap 9 when Mat Jackson and Matt Neal ran wide resulting in contact opening the door for Ash to go through to 7th and closing in on Turkington who was now running in 5th after moving up the order from 8th on the grid.  Unfortunately for Jason he was caught up behind the incident and subsequently received contact which sent him into a spin that resulted in the number 99 Subaru tumbling back down the order to 26th place.  James was also hindered in the incident and had dropped down to 17th from 13th as Josh fought his way back up the order to 25th.

Championship contender, Turkington could clearly see Ash closing in and made a move stick on Rookie Ant Whorton-Eales for 4th as Ash claimed 6th from Dave Newsham keeping just four points between the battling duo.  Drama then followed mid-pack with a race-ending, high impact, multi-car incident on lap 14 when the BMW of Rob Collard sent flying across the grass after a clash between Chris Smiley’s Chevrolet and Aron Taylor-Smith’s MG.  With broken steering, the out of control BMW came back onto the circuit and was slammed into by the unsighted VW of Will Burns with the second BMW of Andrew Jordan firing itself into the back of Burns which brought out a safety car just after Ash had moved up past Whorton-Eales for 5th.  Thankfully there were no serious injuries but the race was red flagged to allow medical teams to attend to the drivers. 
The final result was classified with Ash in 5th, right behind his main championship contender Turkington in 4th, with James finishing just outside the points in 17th, Josh in 21st and Jason in a lowly 23rd place after his earlier dramas.  It was Ingram who took the win ahead of Goff, with Adam Morgan completing the podium.  As the results came in it was confirmed that Ash remained top of the championship standings albeit with a reduced margin from 12 to 10 points.  
Race Two
With Ash starting race two from 4th on the grid just behind Turkington, everything was to play for.
It was lights out once again with Ash getting a great start and positioning himself on the rear of Turkington as the duo passed Morgan.  The gained place wouldn’t last long as, by the time the pack arrived at Luffield, in a bid to avoid unwanted damage, Ash had no choice but to give racing room allowing Morgan to take the place back.   Josh, meanwhile, was up to 18th with James on his tail in 19th and Jason closing in on the pair of them in 21st.
Ingram would lose his lead to Goff on lap three as the biggest battle ensued between Turkington, Morgan and Ash, who was now having to defend from the Mercedes of Aiden Moffat.  Luckily for Ash, a small mistake from Moffat gave him some breathing space to get back on the maximum attack of Morgan who was, in turn, pressuring the BMW of Turkington.
At the halfway point in the race, Jason had picked his way through the field and up to an impressive 16th place with Josh and James holding their positions of 18th and 19th respectively.
The race leaders had soon extended their lead out in front as the third place protagonists continued their battle allowing the Toyota of Rob Austin to creep ever closer to Ash who found himself having to defend once more.  Ash then made the successful move on Morgan and to pick up 4th with plenty of ground to make up on Turkington.

With two laps to go Ash had caught his target and waited patiently for the opportunity to pounce when on the last lap when he nipped up in the inside at Luffield, outscoring Turkington and grabbing the final place on the podium behind winner Goff and 2nd placed Ingram.
Jason fought his way through to score an all-important point in 15th from 23rd on the grid, with Josh finishing right behind him in 16th and James in 21st.
Ash’s third place position confirmed that he had extended his championship lead from Turkington back out to the 12 points he had at the start of the day.

Ex BTCC racer James Nash drew the number 9 ball for the reverse grid draw placing Dave Newsham on pole position.  With the driver that finished race two ahead of him reversed, it would mean that Ash was 7th on the grid for the final race of the day with Turkington a place on the grid ahead of him.
Then came the bombshell that Colin Turkington and his team West Surrey Racing had protested Ash’s final lap move into third place, that resulted in the stewards handing out a one second time penalty making the result of race two, Turkington 3rd and Ash 4th.  Ash and BMR Racing categorically disagreed with the decision and lodged an appeal which was unfortunately unsuccessful.  The final nail in the coffin was that the penalty counted as a strike against Ash and as it was his 3rd of the season he would be forced to start the third and final race of the day all the way down at the back of the grid in 30th place, with the added drama that he would also be made to carry the 48kgs of success ballast for ending race two in 4th.

Race Three
With added determination, the team focussed on the task in hand and Ash set his target of getting up through the field and into a point scoring position.  Although it was a huge feat we all had faith and knew that if anyone could do it Ash could.  At this stage in the game, every point is crucial to take away from this final race before Brands Hatch finals day.  With Turkington starting in 6th all the BMW driver had to do was have a clean race and outscore Ash.
The lights went out for the final time of the day and all four Subaru’s got away cleanly.  Turkington, however, received contact in his BMW and was immediately shuffled down the order to 21st place, Ash now had him in his sights as he had made his way through to 26th.  Jason meanwhile had stayed out of the trouble that was ahead of him and was well up the order and through to 12th, with Josh in 19th.  James had also been hindered along with Turkington and found himself down the order in 28th.  The race was being led by Tom Chilton’s stand-in driver Rob Huff in the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall.
On the third lap of the race there was drama for Jason which ended his race after an altercation with Josh Cook’s MG that resulted in further contact with Stephen Jelly’s Ford Focus which stopped on the track only to be ploughed into by Turkington.  The heavy damage forced Turkington into the pits for repairs as Ash moved up several more places.  For Ash, it was a great deal of weight lifted and he now knew that whatever points he scored would be a gain on Turkington as the BMW went a lap down before joining the race once more as the safety car came out to remove Jelly’s stricken Ford.  During the safety car period there was a further incident for BMR Racing as Josh was forced into the gravel trap by Matt Simpson’s Honda putting an end to the day for the youngest member of the team.
Racing soon commenced once more and Ash had made up further places to 19th by the halfway point of the race with the only other surviving Subaru of James in 21st.
Ash continued his mission and by lap 19 was up to a point scoring position in 15th.  He wasn’t quite done yet though as throughout the remainder of the race he gained a further four places to an astonishing 11th where he took the checkered flag and more importantly stretched his championship lead back to 10 points.  James also picked up a point after returning home in 15th place.
The race was won by Honda’s Matt Neal, with Huff and Newsham rounding out the podium.
Speaking of his weekend Ash commented “Silverstone was always going to be a tough weekend for us as a team but even more so for me due to carrying full success ballast. The goal this weekend was to try and take as little of a hit as possible in regard to the championship, matching my rivals was key and taking advantage of a gap to gain would be great. 

“I was really pleased with the outcome in qualifying, the aim was to try and get within the top 15, so to better that by another five places and end up in the top 10 was a great start to the weekend. The progress made through the field in the opening race, with full ballast, gave me confidence that we had strong car under us to set us up nicely for the day. I minimised the points hit from Colin by finishing directly behind him. 

“Race two was just an emotional rollercoaster in my perspective, I feel that we were a little hard done by in race two after the appeal was dismissed, I have always been a racer and if I see a gap that is there for the taking I don’t need a second invitation. The move was on, it is a move I had been pulling off all day without any contact, it’s hard to not leave the circuit when you are forced there whilst having an overlap.

“I just had to hit the reset button heading into race three, starting stone cold last and seeing your rivals all within the top ten was a kick in the backside but I stand by the move I pulled off, so it just made me even more hungry to bounce back. I was aiming for a top 15 finish and try and get some points but we definitely overachieved for sure and managed to actually score enough points over Colin to stretch out the championship lead back to 10 points.

“This has left me in a very strong position heading into the final round and I am looking forward to carrying this momentum. It is my strongest track of the season, I love Brands Hatch GP and after last year’s performance I am feeling confident heading into the finale.”

Jason commented - "Yet another frustrating weekend and what looked like a promising start ended up being ruined yet again by very poor driving standards by others, for two out of the three races I was shunted off.  However, on the positive side the sun was shining on Ash and he ended up with a great weekend, his penalty in race two could have really hurt him but he managed to pull a result out the bag and with Colin Turkington getting caught up in the incident that I was involved in it played into Ash’s hands.

"It's all looking very exciting for Brands, let’s do all we can to get Ash that title!"

James shared his thoughts from his weekend at Silverstone “Even though the results don’t show it, I’m really quite happy with mine and the team’s performance over the weekend over on car twenty.  I was really happy with our pace considering the boost adjustment that was made to the Subaru for Silverstone, it was never going to be our strongest circuit but to be as close to we were to pole position in qualifying, to be only two tenths off considering our straight-line deficit was very very impressive for everyone at Subaru and to have all cars within a couple on hundredths of each other was also fantastic to see. 

“As expected the races weren’t as easy and being in mid-pack and surrounded by TOCA engines is never easy but to get a couple of points was the aim and we did that and we live to fight another day and go on to Brands, a circuit that is a drivers circuit with lots of corners that should suit us down to the ground so we’re counting down the days.”

Josh commented “Silverstone was always going to be a tricky weekend for us but we fought hard. Race one didn’t go to plan and after dropping down the order but I was pleased to fight my way back up to 21st place.  Race two was tough being mid-pack and I was disappointed to just miss out on a point scoring position finishing in 16th.  We were very unlucky in race three having our race ended early after being hit under the safety car.  Roll on Brands Hatch!”
We left Silverstone with Ash remaining in the championship lead with 338 points and Turkington 10 points behind with 328.   Subaru remain 2nd in the manufacturers' standings just 46 points shy of the BMW rival outfit. 
Adrian Flux Subaru Racing are 3rd in the teams' standings with 479 points with rivals Halfords Yuasa Racing a single point ahead with 480.  Team BMW remain at the top of the standings with 573 points.
The provisional Jack Sears Trophy Champion is Senna Proctor with an impressive 466 points with Josh currently third with 271 points.
Brands Hatch will play host to the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship finale next time out on the weekend of the 30th September and 1st October.  It is sure to be a sensational final and one that we are ready for!
Written by Maddy Turner of BMR Racing
Images courtesy of Phil Laughton Photography

BMR Racing are delighted to announce that race winning young gun Harry Dyson has become the latest signing for the BMR Academy in association with JHR Developments.  It will see him progress up to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, following his recent success in the Ginetta Junior Championship earlier this year.

Right from the outset Harry celebrated success with JHR Developments as a Ginetta Junior rookie in the 2017 championship taking his first win at the opening round at Brands Hatch earlier this year and his success continued throughout the season.

Harry who celebrates his 15th Birthday this week is very excited to make the step up to the F4 British Championship for the remainder of the 2017 season.  Harry will remain with front running single seater squad JHR Developments who have supported him fully this year and he will continue to run with them for the 2018 British F4 season.

Speaking of his signing an excited Harry commented: “I am looking forward switching to the F4 British Championship for the last two meetings of the season.  It’s been a difficult year but I feel very lucky to be Joining the BMR Academy as the next step in my development.  Being part of the BMR Academy and continuing with JHR Developments means I embark upon this next chapter with the best support which will give me a chance to race at the front.”

The BMR Academy is the stepping stone system created by BMR Racing to assist drivers in the progression through to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.  Past drivers who have experienced this support include BMR Racing BTCC drivers Ash Sutton and Josh Price who both progressed from the Renault UK Clio Cup Championship.  Harry follows in the single-seater footsteps of Ash, who took the 2014 Formula Ford Rookie title and a host of victories in the series which evolved into the F4 British Championship.

Harry has been receiving extensive driver coaching from Ash and will continue to do so with the addition of another British F4 Graduate in the form of Billy Monger, who will be heavily involved in telemetry and data analysis.

Speaking of the new partnership JHR Developments Team Manager, Jules Phillips, commented: “Harry proved himself in the Ginetta Junior championship earlier this year and we recently gave him the opportunity to test the British F4 car alongside JHR’s Manuel Sulaimán.  It’s fair to say he outperformed all our expectations.  Harry has made the decision to switch to the F4 British Championship for the remainder of the season and it’s a great chance for him to get up to speed ahead of a championship challenge next year.”

Team Principal Warren Scott commented: “I am delighted to welcome Harry on board.  He has already demonstrated what he is capable of this year and I am very pleased that with the partnership of JHR Developments we can give him his step up to the F4 British Championship.  I am confident that the BMR Academy will give him the ideal platform to learn and we all look forward to supporting him in his future development.”

Harry’s debut in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series will be at Silverstone this coming weekend the 16th and 17th September for rounds 25-27.
For more information on the BMR Academy please contact aron@bmrracing.co.uk

Written by Maddy Turner of BMR Racing
Photo Credit - Harry Dyson Racing
We went to Rockingham with a view to score as many points as possible to assist us in our title hunt, although it wasn’t going to be an easy task with Ash and Jason carrying success ballast, which is always challenging around the Rockingham circuit.  Also thrown into the mix was yet another boost restriction on all four Subaru Levorgs leaving the whole team very unoptimistic.  However, we were prepared to extract maximum performance from the cars and were ready for the fight, with the team giving it’s drivers four superb race ready Subaru Levorgs and the with the drivers as prepared as ever we were hungry and determined to bank as many points as we could and the boys didn’t fail to deliver.

Saturday showed us that in the British Touring Car Championship you never quite know what’s going to happen as James Cole claimed his first ever pole position in qualifying after putting in a storming lap just at the right time.  We knew it was coming after he showed his true form in the last few races but it was a surprise to us all following the times set in the earlier free practice sessions, coupled with the fact that a rear-wheel drive car has never been on pole at Rockingham, we were all absolutely delighted.  Ash, who was carrying 66kgs of success ballast, didn’t find the job easy at all and really struggled to get his weighted car to set a quick lap time but he dug deep, albeit having a big moment in the process when he out braked himself and still set a very impressive fourth quickest lap time.  Jason, carrying 9kgs, struggled with the increase in track temperature which hampered the balance of the car and the great set up that he had in the earlier free practice sessions and qualified in tenth place, with a weight free Josh setting the twelfth quickest time resulting in him starting the race just behind his team mate on the grid.

Sunday arrived, the sun was shining, the crowds flocked to the circuit filling up the grandstand in front of us and we were all ready for a great days racing.

The Lights went out for the first of the days three races, James got off to a flyer, as did Ash who started in fourth position, James held the lead with the Honda of Jack Goff right on his tail and Ash passed the BMW of Colin Turkington up the inside for third position.  James had a lead gap of half a second by the end of lap one as Ash fought to hold onto his third position as he came under pressure from the MG of Josh Cook.  Josh (Price) had gained two places and up to tenth and was Jack Sears leader, and Jason was blocked at the start which forced him to back out which dropped him down the order to seventeenth.  The weight free speedy MG of Cook passed Ash for third as he snuck up the inside at turn one but it was only a mere two corners later that Ash fought back and was ahead of him once more.  James was under attack from the Honda of Jack Goff but managed to hold him off for the next few laps eventually pulling a lead of eight tenths of a second, helped by the fact that Goff was now having to defend the Subaru Levorg of Ash who was now hot on his heels looking for a way by.  Josh meanwhile had moved up to ninth as Jason had started carving his way back through the pack up to twelfth by the end of lap nine.  By lap thirteen James was well and truly in his rhythm extending his lead to 1.9 seconds and driving a perfect race.  Ash gave it maximum attack on his quest to pass Goff to make it a one-two finish for the team, whilst struggling to pass along the straights where the Honda seemed to be a lot stronger, he was having to work the car hard on the infield only to have it taken away from him once back on the start finish straight again, in addition to fending off further advances from Cook who was still on his tail. Ash’s only advantage would be that the front-wheel drive of Goff was losing his tyre grip and Ash eventually pounced and made the move stick on the final lap after Goff ran wide at the hairpin.  A delighted James took the checkered flag and claimed his maiden BTCC win with a staggering two and a half second gap after driving a faultless race, Ash took second, with Josh in ninth and his best finish to date.  Jason finished in tenth placing all four Subarus in the top ten.  Another great set of results for the team and a superb haul of points that moved Ash in the lead of the Drivers Championship by a margin of just three points ahead of BMW’s Colin Turkington who finished the race in sixth place.  It was also a great start to the day for Subaru UK who also picked up a trophy for the manufacturer win.

It was an all Subaru front row lock out for race two, that would also see the remaining pair of Levorg’s inside the top ten and all running on the unfavoured hard option tyre.  Thankfully so were many others around them, so we were keeping our fingers crossed that if we managed our tyres correctly we would last the race well.  The added hindrance was that James was starting from pole with 75kgs of success ballast on board for the first time with Ash alongside him with 66kgs, as Josh and Jason lined up alongside each other on the fifth row carrying 15kgs and 9kgs respectively.

As the lights went out for the second time of the day, James made a great start and held the lead with Ash struggling to get off the line allowing the Honda of Goff to pass on the inside.  However, he was soon up to speed and on the outside at the hairpin and he took the lead passing both Goff and James in the process.  Jason and Josh both got great starts with Jason up to ninth as Josh dropped a couple of places in traffic before a coming together with the AMD Audi of Ollie Jackson.  Josh managed to limp his damaged Subaru back to the pits for repairs and was forced to retire due to the extent of the damage sustained.  Ash meanwhile had managed to storm away from the rest of the field as James struggled with the extra weight and defended from third placed man Cook.  James then suffered rear end damage from Cook at the hair pin following a bold move from the MG pilot and James ran wide and soon found himself toppling a further three places as the safety car came out to recover the stricken Honda of Gordon Shedden after he and Rob Austin had a coming together.  Not an ideal situation for Ash who had now built up a magnificent three second lead out in front.  It did however give James a little time to re-group in seventh place with the BMW of Turkington right on his tail and Jason just a further place back in ninth.  At the restart Ash took control and as his competitors fought hard behind him for the second place spot, he managed to build on his lead once more.  The Honda of Matt Neal then tried to find a way past Cook at the Dean Hairpin and that resulted in another coming together taking them both out of the race.  As a result Ash extended his lead even further as James and Jason both moved further up the order to fifth and seventh respectively.  On lap ten Turkington finally got past James for fifth position and on the following lap Jason and James switched their sixth and seventh positions.  James then received further contact, only this time from the BMW of Rob Collard, forcing him off the circuit resulting in more damage which sent James tumbling even further down the order.  Jason then found a way past the Mercedes of Adam Morgan and the Honda of Goff to finish fourth as Ash crossed the line for his sixth win of the season.  James eventually ended the race in thirteenth after he brought his battle-scarred Subaru Levorg home to score just three points.
The positions for Race Three would be decided by the reverse grid draw made by Series Director Alan Gow who pulled number 7 from the bowl placing the BMW of Andrew Jordan on pole position.  For the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing drivers, it meant that Jason would start from fourth, with Ash seventh and James thirteenth.  Josh in the A Plan Academy liveried Subaru would start from the back of the grid following his race two retirement as the team worked tirelessly to get the car fixed and ready for the final race of the day.
It was lights out for the third and final time and Jason had a good start holding his fourth position, Ash and James were both caught up in traffic on the opening lap and were both forced to go wide and across the grass but thankfully both cars managed to get back on the track without damage, albeit losing positions in the process.  There was then further drama for James when he was caught up in an incident with a number of his competitors, this time resulting in some substantial damage forcing him to limp back to the pits for repairs and into retirement.  Meanwhile there was a squabble going on up ahead between Jordan, Morgan and Goff who all wanted the top spot and Jason, who was waiting to pounce whilst fending off the advances from the BMW of Collard.  Ash was all the while picking his way back up the order and had soon established himself in a fine tenth place.  By Lap six Jason was nose to tail with Goff fighting for the third podium position as Ash continued to make further gains and set two consecutive fastest laps in a row, earning him a bonus point in the process and gaining further ground up to eighth place and now behind his main Championship title contender Turkington.  Now having outscored Turkington during both the earlier races Ash was in a great position, but he wasn’t quite done yet.  On Lap twelve Collard took fourth from Jason as Ash made the vital move on Turkington and into seventh position and more importantly outscoring the BMW driver once again.  Collard then tried a further move on Goff when the pair came together forcing Collard into retirement and Goff to have a brief off track excursion.  Ever the opportunist Jason took full advantage and moved past Goff into third which he would hold until the checkered flag fell making it the teams fourth podium of the day.  Ingram was forced to brake heavily to avoid the Collard/Goff incident allowing Ash to also make another gain to finish fifth.  A safety car period followed the incident and Jason made several attempts to pass Morgan but it wasn’t meant to be as Jordan won the race.  Unfortunately, there was more disappointment for Josh after retiring early on in the race following contact which resulted in a damaged wishbone.

So, to summarise our weekend we gained two race wins, a second place and a third place backed up with three manufacturer wins for Subaru UK and the Team trophy for the weekend. 

Ash now leaves Rockingham leading the Drivers Championship with a 12 point margin, Subaru are second in the Manufacturers standings a mere 41 one points behind BMW, with Adrian Flux Subaru Racing are second in the Teams standings 96 points behind Team BMW.  Josh remains fourth in the Jack Sears Trophy standings for rookie drivers.

With just six races left in the championship we now focus our full attention to Silverstone in three weeks time and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Driver quotes:

Ash Sutton – "Overall thoughts from the weekend, I’m very very pleased.  Race one went to plan, especially for James, that was a particularly great result for him and to get a one-two finish was good.  Race two was a case of just get out of there and it was great to get another solid result, to pick up really strong points and the fastest lap was what we needed.  Race three, however, was a bit more of a challenge with dropping back to eleventh it wasn’t quite as easy to come back from there but we stayed out of trouble and to top it off we overtook Turkington which was the main aim.  Thoughts for Silverstone are that it’s going to get difficult but I’ve got a few things that I want to try in qualifying but carrying seventy-five kilos round there is going to hurt so we will see."

James Cole – "This weekend has definitely been our best so far in the whole time in the championship, to get pole was a genuine shock, I knew we would have the pace and I knew that with all the preparation that myself, my Engineer Steve and everyone around car number twenty had been doing would give us some good results this weekend but pole was on another level so that had already made it a great weekend before we’d even got to Sunday.  Sunday, we had a job to do which was to try and get away at the start to see what we could do and race one went to plan and was the perfect race, to take my first win was amazing and a massive thank you to everyone at Adrian Flux Subaru Racing as without the car I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do it.  Moving forward to races two and three, it didn’t quite go to plan but to be honest it didn’t take anything away from what happened in race one.   Race two we had all the weight and the hard tyres and actually our pace was quite good but we just got bullied about a bit and also had some issues with power steering which took us further back than we should’ve been and race three when you’re back in the pack it always messy and sadly I didn’t even make the first lap. So, it shows, as proven in race one, when you’re out in front you can get away which is what we did.  To have a pole, race one, race two and a podium for Subaru was an amazing weekend."

Jason Plato - "As a team member, a mega result for the team again.  Fantastic for James to get his maiden pole and with all the pressure that brings and to convert that to a good solid race win was fantastic and I’m dead chuffed for him and then for Ash to have a win and a second is great.  I salvaged something from the weekend in race three and I’ve had really strong pace all day but the balls are not really rolling, we got boxed out in race one and it’s no fun racing in the pack when you’ve got no engine power and I honestly think we could’ve won two races today.  So, on a personal level pleased we salvaged something but frustrated because I come to win and I didn’t and I could’ve done.  I’m frustrated for all of us because the engine difference is just ridiculous and I don’t understand, I want someone to explain to me why they keep taking power off us because it’s meant to be about engine power not lap times."

Josh Price – "It was another tough weekend for me at Rockingham, I was pleased with my ninth place finish in race one but it all went downhill from there.  Huge thanks to the team for getting my car back out for race three.  Roll on Silverstone."




Written by Maddy Turner of BMR Racing

Photos by Phil Laughton Photography

Knockhill race weekend was one of pure class and true teamwork from Adrian Flux Subaru Racing as the team pulled together to ensure that maximum points were scored.  Jason returned to true form taking a win and a second place, Ash shone yet again mirroring his teammate's podium finishes, James had his best weekend to date with three fifth place finishes and A-Plan Academy backed Josh demonstrated his pace and strength at the circuit that favoured our four Subaru Levorg’s.

The weekend's success started with a dramatic qualifying session which saw double champion Jason top the times with his 50th career pole position.
The session had started with a damp track and wet tyres and with the circuit gradually drying throughout the times would tumble causing the lead to continually change until a last lap shoot out saw Ash at the top until Jason produced a stunning last-gasp lap to secure a much deserved and long-awaited pole position.  Ash claimed the 2nd spot on the grid which would see him line up alongside his teammate, with James producing a stunning lap time placing him 6th with Josh rounding out the team’s positions in a comfortable 19th.
Race day was one that we were all looking forward to knowing that we were in a great position to grab a good haul of points at the rear wheel drive favoured circuit.

Race one was a great start to the day with Jason taking his 96th career win, leading the race from the start, gaining a point in the process from qualifying, with Ash on his tail throughout which saw them hold off the BMW’s of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard with the top four cars being separated by less than a second.  There was a brief switch of positions between Jason and Ash in a bid to score a bonus point for leading a lap, which may prove vital for Ash at the end of the championship.  Unfortunately, the plan didn’t quite come to fruition as although Ash passed Jason it was just after the timing line at the start of the last lap, and you need to be in front when you cross the line.  With Ash being a man of his word and sticking to the prearranged plan, he handed the place back to Jason for a very worthy win, his first of 2017.  James drove his best race to date, showing his worth with a great battle with Tom Ingram, that saw the move at the half way point of the race making it three Subaru Levorgs in the top five.  Josh had a shaky start to the race after contact from Matt Simpson which saw him drop all the way down to 30th position, but he fought back with a vengeance and carved his way back up the order to eventually take an 18th place finish.

The double podium 1-2 finish meant a manufacturer win for Subaru UK with Managing Director Paul Tunnicliffe collecting another trophy to add to their collection back at their headquarters in Solihull.

Race Two wasn’t as plain sailing as we saw a multi-car pile up at the outset which was followed by a lengthy stoppage to recover the stricken cars which resulted in no fewer than five cars retiring from the race. 

Once the race restarted Jason led with Ash on his tail where they held their positions until lap 11 when Ash made the move taking the lead with the duo coming home with another 1-2 finish albeit in the reverse order from earlier for Adrian Flux Subaru Racing as Jason acted as wingman to protect the title protagonist Ash from the looming BMR pairing.  James excelled once again to hold onto his starting position of 5th whilst defending from the Honda of Gordon Shedden.  Josh showed yet another stunning performance after he carved his way through the field from 18th on the grid to cross the line in a staggering 7th place and taking the Jack Sears Trophy win in the process.  Once again Subaru added to their trophy cabinet with another manufacturer win.

Unfortunately, post-race we were informed that Josh had been excluded from the race two results for failing to respond to flag signals, a decision that was appealed by BMR Racing but was rejected by the officials.

It was then time for the reverse grid draw and with the number 10 ball being selected it would eventually be AMD’s Ant Whorton-Eales who ended up on pole following the changed order after Josh’s exclusion.  James would be starting 6th on the grid with Jason 9th and Ash 10th, whilst Josh was forced to line up at the back of the grid for the final race of the day.

Race three was another race plagued by safety car incidents and once again the Subaru pilots drove a great final race of the day which showed remarkable teamwork throughout as James, Ash and Jason eventually settled into positions of 4th, 5th and 6th after each of them endured successful battles that saw them gain places and pick their way through the field.  James then made way for Ash, giving up what would’ve been his most successful result to date, to ensure that his teammate took the points with the checkered flag result showing Ash in 4th, James 5th and Jason 6th.  There was further disappointment for the A-Plan Academy Subaru of Josh after he retired early in the race with a mechanical issue.

So, to sum up the weekend we leave Knockhill with 2 race wins, 2 second places, 2 manufacturer wins and the Team Trophy for the weekend.  Ash is now sitting 2nd in the drivers’ championship tables, just four points behind leader Colin Turkington.  Jason has jumped up to 10th after his successful weekend with James now in 18th. 

A delighted Paul Tunnicliffe, Managing Director of Subaru UK commented “After 2016’s unforgettable result, when Jason Plato claimed a remarkable and emotional victory, in his 500th BTCC race, we were always quietly optimistic about our prospects this year.  However, nothing could quite prepare us for what happened.  Two one-twos in the opening races exceeded our wildest dreams.  It’s clear that the Subaru Levorg is now the car to beat, and the team has put down a marker that it intends to challenge for honours when the season concludes.  At Subaru UK we could not be more excited, our current run of success has really galvanised the company, its dealers and its loyal customers.  Everyone is talking about it.”

Team Principal Warren Scott also shared in his joy of the weekends results commenting “I am very proud of the team for having the cars in such good form to allow the fantastic results we had this weekend, the boys have worked tirelessly to ensure that we had every possible chance to make this happen.  I am also immensely happy and impressed by the performances shown by all of our drivers this weekend.  To Josh for showing fantastic speed and progression to get a 7th place in race two, unfortunately to then have it taken away by a yellow flag incident, James for having his best weekend to date in the BTCC with three 5th place finishes, Ash for showing exactly why he is one of the main contenders to win the championship this year, with another 3 fantastic performances and huge congratulations to Jason on his 50th pole in very tricky conditions and converting that into a great win and a second place.  What impressed me most was the great team spirit from Jason, James and the whole team who, without wavering, were all willing to compromise their own race positions in support of Ash’s and Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s chances in their title bid."

Subaru sit 3rd in the Manufacturers standings and Adrian Flux Subaru Racing also sit 3rd in the Teams standings.

Josh is 4th in the Jack Sears Trophy standings.

We return in two weeks’ time to Rockingham on the weekend of the 26th and 27th August for Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the BTCC.
Driver Quotes:

Ash Sutton: “To sum up the weekend, race one was great to lock out the front row and then for race two it was even better to be able to come out on 
top.  To lock out the front row in qualifying and then to continue that into race one and race two was fantastic.  For race three I really can’t thank the team enough, what Jason and James did, to let me by, means that we have closed up that championship gap.”
Jason Plato “What a fantastic weekend for Adrian Flux Subaru Racing.  There are many things to celebrate….  Ash has made great strides this weekend in his quest to take the championship, James had his best weekend to date and looked super racy and on a personal 
note I feel a weight has been lifted from my shoulders with finding another gremlin in my car.  In short, pole, front row lock out in qualifying, a double one-two in races one and two and solid points in the third race. BRAVO to everyone on the team.  It’s so good to be back in the game.  Roll on Rockingham, there is a championship up for grabs and if I can’t win it (and I can’t) then it’s over to you Ash.  Let’s all pull together and do this for everyone at the Team and our ace partners and sponsors.”

James Cole “I’m very very happy and it was the best weekend in the British Touring Car Championship for me.  I seem to like finishing fifth at the moment, that’s the fourth in a row.  I’m really happy for the team and my confidence is growing by every round.  My qualifying has been the best it’s been and it just shows that if you qualify in the top ten you’re able to stay there and get some really good consistent point finishes.  Race three was a highlight being able to race with the other two Subaru’s which was good fun and playing the team game with Ash for the championship and letting him through on the last corner, in my head it was a fourth but I’ll let him have that.  Overall I’m really happy and we’ll see what happens at Rockingham.”

Josh Price “My A-Plan Academy Subaru Levorg was fast all weekend, the car felt really good and I really felt that I showed what I am capable of Knockhill.  The weekend could have gone better and I am obviously very disappointed with the exclusion of the race two results which 
was my best result to date but overall I am pleased with my performance over both days and I am really looking forward to Rockingham.”



Written by Maddy Turner of BMR Racing

Photos by Phil Laughton Photography
We headed to Snetterton eager to return to racing following the annual BTCC summer break, after all of the BMR Racing drivers took part in the Dunlop tyre test, followed by a swap of cars between Ash and Jason during a test at Donington Park, where fresh data was gathered and analysed benefitting all four of the Subaru Levorgs.

Heading into Qualifying Ash was carrying 48kg of ballast on his Levorg whilst Jason, James and the newly liveried A-Plan Academy car of Josh were all ballast free.  Ash made a good start setting an early quick lap before having his time disallowed for exceeding track limits, but bounced back to set the third fastest time.  Jason put in a quick last-minute lap at the end of the session securing him a 9th place grid position with Josh lining up in 18th and James 26th.

With the rear wheel drive Subaru Levorg having the advantage on a slightly up hill start at Snetterton, we were optimistic of a good getaway off the line sitting behind front wheel drive Honda of pole sitter Jack Goff.  However, in second position and just to the left of Ash was the rear wheel drive BMW of Colin Turkington so it was game on to see which of the rear wheel drive machines would make the better start.  Jason had a new front sub-frame fitted overnight, the second replacement since his drama at Brands Hatch earlier in the season, which he hoped would make some difference to his performance and had selected the soft option tyre for race one along with Josh.

Race One
With the lights out Ash got a great start and held his 3rd position into the first corner with Turkington taking the lead from Goff, with Jason also holding his position of 9th with Josh 12th and James 25th.  Unfortunately for Josh it was deemed he jumped the start so was instantly hit with a drive through penalty that dropped him back down the order to 30th position.  Meanwhile, up front race leader Turkington spun out at the exit of the Bomb Hole which gave Ash the advantage of 2nd place with Jason also capitalising and moving up to 8th.  Rob Austin and Tom Ingram then had a coming together allowing Jason through to 6th, which then became 5th after Adam Morgan’s Mercedes suffered a mechanical issue, which in turn forced a race long battle with Andrew Jordan for 4th position.  James however was caught up in mid pack traffic but soon benefitted after a coming together between Ollie Jackson and Senna Proctor, allowing James to sneak up the inside gaining three places in the process.  The gap out in front between Goff and Ash was down to less than a second by lap 8 with Ash closing in on the leader with every lap as Jason remained nose to tail with Jordan.  James was up to 17th as Josh fought his way back up the order and into 23rd before receiving damage on lap 9 forcing his retirement from the race.  Ash finally spotted a slight mistake from Goff on lap 11 as his soft tyres began to drop off and stuck his nose up on the inside to take the race lead which he then held until the checkered flag, taking his third win of the season for Adrian Flux Subaru Racing.  Jason crossed the line in a well fought fifth place with teammate James also in the points in 15th.  The win moved Ash two places up the championship standings into second and just two points shy of the championship leader Gordon Shedden.  The two top 5 results also gave Subaru UK the manufacturer win with points being classified for the first two finishers.

Race Two

With Ash on pole for Race 2, we were hoping for more of the same albeit with him now carrying 75kg of success ballast on board.  Jason’s 5th place finish would see him have 39kg added to his Subaru Levorg with both James and Josh remaining ballast free, the former now running on the soft option tyre as last minute repairs were made to Josh’s car just in the nick of time to join the warm up lap and the start of the race in 26th place.
Once again Ash made a great getaway off the line, with the lighter BMW of Jordan flying up the order to 2nd from 4th with an even lighter Jason following him up into 3rd.  By turn two Jason was crawling all over the back of the BMW and made an amazing pass up the outside when he took a forceful hit from Jordan forcing the number 99 Levorg off the track and onto the grass shuffling him all the way down to 15th place and ruining his race in the process. James also got a clean start and made up some early places to 12th as Josh got held up in traffic and dropped a place down to 27th.  Ash had soon pulled an impressive gap out in front before the safety car was deployed to retrieve the stricken car of Stuart Lines following a huge impact with the barrier.  Two laps later Ash made a perfect restart and soon retained his gap in the lead whilst his teammates all gained another place after Aiden Moffatt was ordered to visit the pits to have trailing bodywork removed. James made a stellar move on Tom Ingram and into 10th as Jason continued to tumble down the order due to the damage received from his earlier incident and was now running in 17th.  Josh continued to make progress and was soon up to 22nd place by the end of lap 8, with James passing the Volkswagen of Jake Hill for 9th on lap 11 and was now hunting down the Honda of Matt Neal, making a text book move up the inside on the following lap and into a superb 8th place.  Unfortunately for Josh he had a brief off on the penultimate lap after losing the rear on dirt on the track and managed to re-join only to lose the places he’d made up earlier in the race, finding himself in 26th.  With all of the extra weight on Ash’s Levorg it was very difficult to extend his lead out in front, but with those fighting behind him for 2nd place he drove a perfect race to take a lights to flag victory and his second win of the day for Adrian Flux Subaru Racing with a gap of 3 seconds.  Ash’s second win of the day moved him to the top of the championship standings for the first time in his short BTCC career as Subaru celebrated their 10th victory in the series for the Subaru Levorg.  James finished in an outstanding 8th place, a career best as Jason hobbled home in 24th and Josh after all his hard work finished in 26th.  He did, however, score a point for setting the fastest lap of the race which is very encouraging.  The move on Jason by Jordan was looked at by the officials and it was deemed that no action would be taken.

Race Three
All that remained for the weekend was to see if Ash could do the treble and take the jackpot of taking all three victories in one day, it would be a tough ask of the Subaru Levorg as once again it would carry the maximum ballast of 75kg on board as well as the fact that he would now be running the soft option tyre.  Ash was committed, the team had given him an outstanding car and he was well prepared to do all he could.  We awaited the results from the reverse grid draw to determine where the top ten finishers from race two would line up for the final showdown at the Norfolk venue.
The series very own medical expert Dr Paul Trafford was asked to do the live draw and when number 8 was pulled there was another big cheer from the Subaru garages as James would be promoted to pole position for the final race of the day.  Ash would line up 8th with Jason 24th and Josh 26th.
It wasn’t to be all plain sailing though as we were then handed a boost restriction adjustment for the final race which would mean that the cars would not have the pace that they’d had earlier on in the day.  This was especially disappointing for James whom, having been phenomenal in the earlier races, had a real chance of a race win and would also hinder Ash from getting up front to challenge for his third podium of the day.

When the lights went out for the final race of the weekend James made a good start and led until turn three as Jordan passed when, on cold tyres, a slide from the number 20 Levorg made him slow out of the corner allowing both Shedden and Collard to sneak past dropping James back to 4th.  Disaster then struck for Ash when a wayward Rob Austin was forced across the grass and into the side of Ash’s Levorg causing devastating damage which put an end to his race. On lap 3  James lost another place and dropped to 5th, as Jason and Josh moved up to 23rd and 24th respectively.  By lap 5 Neal had caught up to the rear of James that allowed Matt Jackson to pounce on the pair forcing James down to 6th.  It wasn’t too long though until Neal made an enthusiastic move that resulted in him losing control of his Honda and ended up in the barrier.  Meanwhile, Jason and Josh continued to make up places with Jason up to 16th and just out of the points and Josh up to 19th, positions they would hold until the end of the race.  On lap 11 there was drama for race leader Jordan as he lost power and slowed handing the win to Shedden.  Jordan’s demise also handed a place to James who ended the race in 5th beating his season best for the second time in as many races.

Ash’s non finish moved him back to 4th in the Drivers championship albeit with a reduced gap from 20 to 11 points astray of leader Gordon Shedden, Subaru remain 3rd in the Manufacturers standings,  with Adrian Flux Subaru Racing also 3rd in the Teams standings.  Josh is now 4th in the Jack Sears Trophy championship for drivers who made their BTCC debut in 2017.

Driver Quotes:
Ash Sutton - "Overall Snetterton has been a positive weekend, we came into the weekend with a gap of 20 points to the championship leader and now we leave only 11 points behind, plus we are still 4th in the standings despite the race three antics. Racking up two more wins to my name as well as the first driver this season to win back to back with full success ballast was another great achievement for myself, team and sponsors. We keep on making progress with the Adrian Flux Subaru Levorg and that really showed in race two, especially whilst carrying full success ballast, the tweaks have brought the car alive and it was dialled in perfectly. The final race put a downer on the weekend and unfortunately the car took a huge hit after being a victim of an incident from behind. It is going to be a real push to get it ready for Knockhill but I have no doubt in the guys at Team BMR and WP Motorsport will make sure she is as good as new and ready for the action to unfold in Scotland!"

James Cole - "Snetterton was a weekend of mixed emotions, to start the weekend in 26th place and then come away with three point-scoring finishes is very good day.  Obviously, I was disappointed to start on the front row and not to convert it to a win, but given the boost adjustment that we were dealt just before race, we did a good job.  Unfortunately, it was one of those things, the cards were dealt before the start of race three and we had to race accordingly but it did mean we didn't have the same pace in the Subaru that we'd had earlier on in the day.  Ash is making us all look a bit crap at the moment, so we are all having to pull our fingers out! The Subaru Levorg is a really good car when you’ve got it dialled into the window, and my window is a little bit narrower than Ash’s.  For Race two it was in my window and I was racy, and Race three it wasn’t far off, but disappointingly there were other circumstances.

"I’m looking forward to Knockhill and feeling confident as it's a circuit very much like Croft and we know that the car performs well around Croft"

Jason Plato - "Well what a fantastic weekend for Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Ash had a dream weekend with two wins, James Cole had his best result this season and we are making progress in getting to the bottom of my ill handling car. There were positive signs in the chassis after some major changes and a great result in race 2 was on the cards until I was 
shovelled off track by Andrew Jordan. Changes we made to the car in Race 3 gave me the best balance I have had this year so all to play for come the next race at Knockhill".

Josh Price - "We came into the weekend feeling positive due to the changes we made during the summer break and this confidence was demonstrated in FP2 and our pace in race one and two. However, the positions we gained definitely did not reflect the position we should have been in with the pace we had. This has made me feel confident as ever to get back in and push for the higher places at Knockhill."

Next time out we head north of the border to Knockhill in Scotland for rounds 19, 20 and 21 in two weeks time.

We would like to thank all the BMR Racing team for their continued hard work, Subaru UK and all the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing sponsors along with our fantastic fans for their continued support.
Photos courtesy of Phil Laughton Photography
Warren Scott ruled out of Mondello Park
BMR Racing can today confirm that Warren Scott will not be taking part in the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship at Mondello Park this weekend.  Due to the heavy impact crash at Pembrey last time out, Warren aggravated an old injury and has been advised by medics that he should not race pending an operation to secure his pelvis.

Unfortunately, Warren will not be competing until further notice and when his medical team are completely happy that he is fit to return.
A New 'King of Croft'
Last weekend at Croft brought a pole position and podiums galore as we travelled to the North East for rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The weekend started with Ash dominating both of the free practice sessions in the wet on Saturday morning before a wet and windy Qualifying on Saturday afternoon that lasted just nine minutes and would see 12 cars involved in a high-speed crash with 3 drivers being left with serious injuries.  Luke Davenport went off on the fastest corner of the track that caused damage to his car which proceeded to drop its oil onto a very wet track, leaving the surface like an ice rink.  The session was then red flagged and the decision was made by the officials not to restart it, following a lengthy period where two drivers were extricated from their cars and the mammoth task of clearing the debris took place.  For the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing drivers, all four drivers qualified in the top ten, with Ash once again setting the overall fastest lap to take pole position.  Unfortunately, Ash was also caught up in the incident and managed to drag his stricken Subaru Levorg back into the pits with heavy front and rear ended damage. Jason set the 7th quickest time with Josh 9th and James 10th.  However the latter would each move up a spot following the demise of Aron Taylor-Smith from 6th on the grid after he was not able to race due to the extent of the damage to his car and the injuries received to himself.

The Team BMR mechanics pulled together and worked late into the night to make repairs to Ash’s car which was looking very unhealthy from the damage sustained.

Round 13
With the lights out for Race 1 on Sunday Ash immediately held onto the lead with a perfect text book start in his Levorg with Jason also making a superb getaway and slotting into 6th before then running wide and onto the grass at Sunny.  He scrambled to get the car back on track but unfortunately lost numerous places in the process dropping him back down the order to 25th place.  Josh and James also made good clean starts as Josh held 8th and James dropped to 10th.  The duo were separated by Rob Collard and all three capitalised on Jason’s error placing Josh 7th and James back in 9th by the end of the opening lap.  There was then a further gain for both Josh and James along with Collard after passing a stricken Matt Neal who sustained damage at the rear of his Honda.  Post race Josh received a verbal warning after clipping the back of the Neal’s car as he attempted to pass at The Complex.  At the start of lap four, Collard finally found a way past Josh who immediately fought back for several laps taking the place back on lap eight as Jason picked his way back up the order to 20th.  Josh Cook from 5th place also began to drop down the order with a problem on the same lap as Josh, James and Jason all benefitted from his demise placing the Subaru trio in 5th, 7th and 19th respectively as Ash defended heavily from the BMW of Double Champion Colin Turkington out in front.  Lap ten would spell disaster with Josh being spun round at the hairpin and into the path of James with the cars making heavy contact forcing Josh to retire and limp back to the pits.  James managed to stay out although tumbled down the order and retired on the following lap.  Jason made up further places to a point scoring position of 15th.   Ash remained out in front and drove a perfect and well controlled race managing to withstand the pressure from Turkington throughout his lights to flag victory, the 20th Team BMR win, with Jason having a number of great battles taking a very impressive 10th place on the line and gaining 6 championship points.

Round 14
Race 2 would see Turkington get the better of Ash off the start line and take the lead with Ash running in 2nd before Turkington ran wide at Tower and skipped the chicane although still managing to retain his lead.  Jason, James and Josh all got good starts before Josh then received further damage to the front of his Levorg on lap two forcing a visit to the pits for bonnet repairs, as Jason ran 9th and James 25th. Jason made another place past Jake Hill for 8th on lap five with Ash still hot on the heels of leader Turkington.  Jason continued to show his good form and gained another two places up into 6th by lap eight with James up to 20th and Josh having re-joined the race and running 26th.  By lap fourteen Ash was starting to struggle with his rear tyres and his lack of traction dropped him back from the leader Turkington and was now having to fight off the advances from Collard who was right on his tail.  Turkington took the win with Ash taking a glorious 2nd.  Jason endured a great battle taking his best finish of 2017 so far in 6th whilst James finished just out of the points in 16th with Josh bringing his very battered Subaru Levorg across the line to finish in 24th place.

The reverse grid draw for Race 3 saw the number 9 of Ollie Jackson being chosen by BTCC Series Director Alan Gow that placed Jason 4th and Ash 8th on the grid for the final race of the day.  James and Josh would start in their race 2 finishing positions of 16th and 24th.

Round 15

Jason got a great start off the line holding his 4th position as did Ash gaining two places in the process and up to 6th but there was further disappointment for James after being pushed out wide at turn one which sent him into the tyre stack.  There was then contact between a number of cars at the chicane that brought a brief safety car period which thankfully allowed James to recover and re-join the track albeit at the back of the pack, with Josh benefitting taking 23rd spot.  Out in front there was a coming together between the two Jackson’s with Mat taking the lead as Ollie dropped down the order placing Jason 3rd and Ash up to 4th as he also passed Andrew Jordan’s BMW.  With Ash now running on the prime medium tyre and Jason on the hard, Ash made a move on his team mate at the hairpin and placed himself as the highest Subaru in 3rd, that soon became 2nd after a demon move around the outside of Rob Austin.  Jason also tried the same move on Austin for several laps without success before finally passing him on the line as the checkered flag fell taking 3rd and his first podium of the season.  Ash was gaining on race leader Mat Jackson and on the last lap at the Hairpin a move around the outside failed as Jackson forced him onto the grass to bring home his third podium trophy of the day and another 2nd place finish. Once again there was disappointment for Josh and James with Josh retiring to the pit lane at the flag and James bringing his car home after a solitary lap.

Although both Josh and James endured a tough weekend, they both showed great pace and race craft throughout, and if hadn’t been for the incidents they had been caught up in it could have been a whole different ball game and we are very proud of their achievements from the weekend and the great battles they endured whilst running at the sharp end of the grid.  The icing on the cake was Jason being back on the podium with his 3rd place finish.  The title ‘King of Croft’ has now been adopted by Ash with his outstanding performance and three podiums over the weekend. 

A delighted Ash commented "Croft was a perfect weekend for me and a great step forward for the team, having us all inside the top ten in Qualifying.
“I went into Croft with a positive mindset, it has been my strongest track over the past few years and it was always going to suit our car. Saturday showed we found the sweet spot in the wet weather conditions topping every classification. Despite having a great day it didn't end how everyone would have wanted, we were unfortunately involved in the qualifying nightmare pile up. The team did a sterling job and worked late into the night to get the car ready for Sunday's action.
If someone offered me a win and two seconds Sunday morning I would have bitten their arm off for it! Race one was just about maximizing everything we had to secure as many points as possible considering we were on the option tyre. Race two however was always going to be a little harder with full success ballast and having two BMW's to contend with but I feel the first two races really showed how dialed in the car was. I was the odd one out regarding our tyre strategy in the team, this was a gamble, but a gamble that paid off in race three being able to have the upper hand on everyone on the option tyre with ballast. Race three was all about keeping our nose clean and making the most of the start, we were ever so close to getting another win but still another second topped the day off."

Jason commented “What a super super weekend for Team BMR, Ash had an absolute corker of a weekend, and I had my best results of the year.
“The mid-season break is going to be important for me as I need to work hard with the engineering team to find a solution to the chassis handling issues that I have. We made some progress in this area at the weekend bu”t I just can’t find the sweet spot at the moment.

"I'm confident that we will start the second half of the year in much better form and be challenging for the race wins. I'm motivated and digging deep.”

We left Croft 3rd in the Manufacturers/Constructors standings and 3rd in the Teams standings.  Ash has climbed to 4th in the Drivers championship just 20 points behind leader Gordon Shedden, Jason currently sits in 15th.  Josh remains 2nd in the Jack Sears Trophy standings.

We would like to pass on our best wishes to Luke Davenport, Jeff Smith and Aron Taylor-Smith for a speedy recovery our thoughts are with them all.  We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the marshals and exceptional team of medical and technical extrication personnel who have had a very busy first half of the season, I’m sure you’ll all join us is praising them for the exceptional job they are doing, sometimes under very difficult circumstances.

We have now reached the half way point of the championship were we traditionally break for the summer and return for racing at Snetterton in Norfolk on the weekend of the 29th and 30th July for rounds 16, 17 and 19.  We will keep you up to speed with any team news on our website www.teambmr.co.uk, our Facebook page @BMRRacingOfficial and our Twitter page @TeamBMRBTCC.

To learn more about the Subaru Levorg sport tourer, visit www.subaru.co.uk
Photos by Phil Laughton Photography
Double Podium for Adrian Flux Subaru Racing at Oulton Park

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing celebrated their first win of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park over the weekend with Ash Sutton producing another outstanding performance in his Subaru Levorg GT resulting in two podium positions.
There were much improved results all round for the BMR Racing team with us being one of the teams being monitored by TOCA for engine performance data levels throughout the weekend following an anomaly being found regarding power delivery.
Ash’s first podium of the day came from starting 6th on the grid for race one albeit carrying 21kg of success ballast and being on the medium tyre with the majority of the grid choosing the soft option tyre.  After a great start Ash made two stellar overtakes at both Lodge and Old Hall to work his way up to his podium position of third. For his teammates, Jason started from 17th on the grid and fought a great race finishing in 12th, Josh worked his way through to finish 22nd from 31st and there was huge disappointed for James who, although having his best race to date in this year’s championship, started from 21st and made his way up to a point scoring position of 15th before receiving damage from contact on the very last lap dropping him all the way back down to 23rd place.

For Race Two Ash was carrying even more weight on board with 57kg and choosing the soft tyre.  Ash was very soon up to second place from a great start off the line and then quickly through to take the lead on lap two.  Ash extended his lead throughout the race and managed his tyres well to take victory, the first for Subaru in 2017 and the second win of his BTCC career.  Jason had another great race fighting at the rear of the leading pack to finish in a superb and improved finishing position of 11th.  Josh had an outstanding drive which saw him in combat with Aiden Moffatt and fellow Jack Sears trophy contender Senna Proctor with the battle ensuing right up to the finish line when there was contact between Moffatt and Proctor at Deers Leep and Josh seized the opportunity taking the Jack Sears win and a point in the process finishing in 15th overall. There was further disappointment for James after he ended up being forced off the circuit when contact ended in him retiring from the race.
Race Three meant Ash would now be carrying maximum success ballast of 75kgs and with the reverse grid draw placing him 6th on the grid, we didn’t expect too much from him.  HOWEVER, he surprised us yet again with an outstanding battle throughout the race, again working on his strong points on the track, and with the last few laps he fought to hold off the threatening advances of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard with some remarkably defensive driving that enabled him to bring his Subaru Levorg home in a fine 4th place.  Jason started from 11th on the grid and endured another battle on track, with scars to prove it, and brought his damaged car home in an impressive 11th.  Josh started in 15th and James in 31st.  Unfortunately, they both received damage during the race and had to visit the pits for brief repairs.  They both successfully finished the race albeit down in 27th and 28th places.

Speaking of the first win for title sponsors Adrian Flux Insurance Services, Sales & Marketing General Manager, Gerry Bucke commentedWe are over the moon that Ashley got his first win in the Adrian Flux Subaru Levorg , a great drive and perfect overtake using the grass to nip inside the BMW to claim the win. Team BMR have a rising star in the making and we all hope this is the first win of many for Ashley and the Subaru team”.
Ash Sutton "I am over the moon with how Oulton Park panned out. This has never been a favourite of mine, despite liking the track we just always seem to have some bad luck here. 
“This was a huge turn around for 
myself, Team BMR and Subaru, the team have been working hard with TOCA to overcome a few hurdles and we are now getting there. I feel that this weekend showed how much myself and the engineering team have extracted from the car, to be able to win a race with 57kg and then to move forward with 75kg of success ballast I couldn't have asked for any more from the car. A great haul of points this weekend, a total of 50pts I believe which means that we are only 45pts behind the championship leader."

Jason Plato “Oulton Park proved to be a good step forward for the team, TOCA granted us increased turbo boost pressure on Saturday and then a further increase for Sunday. Our straight line performance has improved but we still have a little way to go to match the opposition.
“Ash had a fantastic event which is great for us all, I made progress with my chassis issues, but we still don’t really understand why the 99
car is plagued with a corner entry understeer balance, that said, we have great engineers and I’m sure we will continue to make progress and hopefully I will have a car at Croft that I can talk to.”

Josh PriceOulton Park was a huge improvement for us, it was great to be able to get in the mix of things.  We learned valuable lessons that should improve our performance even further looking towards Croft”.

James Cole “There are a lot of positives to take out of Oulton Park.  Our pace in FP1 & FP2 was great.  We are still working out why our pace wasn’t as competitive in qualifying, we all know how crucial qualifying is.

“Oulton Park is a mega circuit but so difficult to overtake.  Our overall pace in races was fantastic.  It's so frustrating to be on the receiving end of two ludicrous moves in races one and two when in point finishing positions, driving standards will once again have to be looked into.  Overall this was the most positive weekend of the year so far!

Ash leaves the circuit 6th in the driver standings with 112 points, 45 points behind championship leader Gordon Shedden.  Josh remains second in the rookie Jack Sears Trophy championship behind Senna Proctor. 

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing have now moved up to 3rd in the overall teams standings and 3rd in the Manufacturer standings.

We look forward to seeing you all at Croft on the 10th and 11th June for rounds 13, 14 & 15.

To learn more about the Subaru Levorg sport tourer, visit www.subaru.co.uk

Photo Credits - Phil Laughton Photography
Thruxton Review

Vital points were gained by Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver Ash Sutton this weekend at Thruxton in Hampshire for rounds 7, 8 and 9 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with Jason Plato, James Cole and Josh Price all struggling with the lack of straight line speed at a circuit that is renowned for being the fastest in the country.

Ash’s Subaru Levorg was the best of the rear wheel drive cars in qualifying securing a starting position of 9th for the first race of the day, before being promoted to 8th after Tom Chilton received a post session penalty. 

There was disappointment for Jason, James and Josh who lost out to the high speed flat-out sectors of the Thruxton circuit, with qualifying positions of 21st, 26th and 32nd positions. 

Ash was the highest scoring Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver of the weekend after using his outstanding cornering skills in his Subaru Levorg to fight his way through each of the three races with three top eight finishing positions.

Jason’s highest position was 23rd with James’ best being 26th and Josh with his best result to date of 24th.

Speaking of the weekend, Team Principal Warren Scott commented “It has been an immensely difficult start to the season after what seemed to be a very encouraging, comprehensive pre- season test programme for everybody at Adrian Flux Subaru Racing. 

“The Subaru Levorg is handling extremely well but the straight line speed deficit is certainly curtailing the efforts from our drivers to be challenging for the championship.  We are working tirelessly with all parties involved in the control of this and hope that we will have this resolved by Oulton Park.  We run an open house policy within the engineering team to share set up and data on both test days and race weekends.

“I am personally extremely disappointed in the results we have at the moment and I intend to leave no stone unturned in an effort to resolve this problem so that we can get the team back on track to winning ways.

“I thank the sponsors and fans for their continued, loyal support at this most challenging time.”

Ash leaves the circuit 8th in the driver standings with 62 points as Josh remains second in the rookie Jack Sears Trophy championship behind Senna Proctor.  It is also worth noting that Josh has now finished all nine races of the season thus far.

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing have now moved up to 6th in the overall teams standings and 4th in the Manufacturer standings.

We look forward to seeing you all at Oulton Park in two weeks time (20th and 21st May) for rounds 10, 11 & 12.

To learn more about the Subaru Levorg sport tourer, visit www.subaru.co.uk

Photo Credit - Phil Laughton Photography
Donington Park Review
It was another tough weekend for Adrian Flux Subaru Racing as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship visited Donington Park last weekend (15/16 April).  The Subaru Levorgs continue to suffer with the centre of gravity changes that have taken effect for the 2017 season leaving our Engineers continuing to work to ease the problem in addition to us also having to contend with a straight line speed deficit. 

Despite the difficult circumstances the drivers showed determination and put up a good fight with the team leaving Donington with a pair of third place podium finishes.  Ash was the top performing Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver of the weekend as the rear wheel drive wizard mastered the Levorg around Donington Park, a circuit that he has triumphed at over the past few years, taking every opportunity to use the cars corner speed to keep the momentum going. 

It wasn’t all plain sailing though.  When the drivers entered qualifying on Saturday afternoon, they were as determined as ever to get put in a quick time and last year’s pole man Ash drove the car on the edge as he hung on and put in a magnificent pole position lap a tenth of a second quicker than his rivals.  He smashed the current lap record held by our very own Jason Plato, only for it to be then whipped from his grasp when he was penalised for a technical infringement due to an overboost issue.  Ash was excluded from the results and forced to start from the back of the grid.  The reigning Jack Sears Trophy Champion refused to let it get the better of him and showed admirable maturity, keeping his head down and fully focused throughout the weekend.  Jason qualified 17th with James 25th and Josh 30th.

For Race One Ash incredibly sprinted up the order fighting his way through the field to finish in an outstanding 13th place.  James had a difficult start to the day ending up in the gravel trap on the opening lap with Jason also retiring to the pits at the end of lap 3.  Josh made up several places to finish in 22nd place.

Ash went even better in Race Two and worked his magic on the Subaru Levorg once more pulling the absolute maximum from the car after a storming drive through the grid from 13th to finish in his first podium position of the year in 3rd place.  Jason made up several positions to finish 20th ahead of James in 24th and Josh in 29th, who made a brief pit stop to change a punctured tyre.

For Race Three the reverse grid draw put Ash in a starting position of 6th and we 
weren’t expecting too much from the drivers with the harder Option Tyre being nominated for the last race of the day in addition to Ash having 57kgs of success ballast on board.  However, the heavens opened resulting in a switch to the Dunlop BluResponse wet weather tyres.  The rain increased as the race started and numerous cars found themselves in the gravel on the opening lap calling for a safety car, which was then red flagged in hope that the conditions would improve.  The rain held off and it was blue skies once again for the restart and all four drivers had a great battle with Ash finishing in 4th position, Jason just outside the points in 17th, James 23rd and Josh behind him in 24th.  The race was won by Team Dynamics Gordon Shedden who was then excluded from the results due to a technical infringement which then boosted Ash up to third position awarding him his second piece of silverware of the day.

Josh remains second in the rookie Jack Sears Trophy championship behind Senna Proctor impressively finishing all six races from the two BTCC rounds thus far.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and fans for their continued support and we look forward to seeing you at Thruxton on the weekend of May 6th and 7th.

Ash Sutton:

"Donington was for sure an emotional roller coaster regarding the events on Saturday, going from the bottom of the time-sheets in Free Practice Two to breaking the lap record in Qualifying and then back to the bottom come the end of play on Saturday. It is fair to say I lived the life of a yo-yo!
"Sunday was a fresh start for myself and I set my own personal goal to get back in the top five, maybe even a podium come race three. I feel that we definitely over achieved in race one which meant that we grabbed that podium come race two, picking up some good solid points for myself and the team for the Manufactures Championship. When the heavens opened just before race three it made the job in hand a little easier for myself as I feel with the success ballast, option tyre and lack of straight line speed, it was really going to hurt us. Damage limitation was the main aim but to come away with another podium just finished the weekend off. 

"I think it's fair to say I was punching well above my weight considering the circumstances we are currently in. The lack of straight line speed makes our job as drivers a real struggle, especially when you have to start at the back. Keeping focused on the job was key but also making the best of a bad situation as well engineering the car and taking it beyond the limit was the only thing that kept our momentum throughout Sunday."

Photo Credits - Phil Laughton Photography
The first weekend of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship turned out to be one of dismay for us at Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, having battled with issues from the outset followed by damage to three of the four Subaru Levorg’s.
Practice and Qualifying
Despite winter testing going well for us at Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, the balance of performance  applied to us over the winter break has had a big effect and resulted in our lack of performance during Saturday’s practice sessions and left our engineers continuing to try and extract the performance from the car right up to the point of qualifying in the afternoon and through the races on Sunday. 

When qualifying commenced we were unable to set a quick lap time in the drybefore we then became victims of the weather after the heavens opened.  This resulted in a disappointing session for all four cars and the best time was set by Jason giving him a position of 18th, followed by Ash in 22nd, James 27th, and Josh 31st for round one of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with Eurotech’s Jeff Smith was the pole sitter.
Round 1

With all four cars starting at the back half of the grid, the first lap was all about survival for the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing drivers. 
With the lights out Jason got a great start and immediately gained two places in the process, whilst team mate Ash experienced an issue on the grid hampering his start and forcing him to the back of the pack.  James had a superb start and had gained no less than five places and Josh also got a clean getaway.   Up front, there was a start line incident for Turkington and Neal which resulted in the safety car being deployed which gave us a breather and a chance for the drivers to settle into their positions for the next few laps.

Jason did a great job staying with the pack gaining another two places in the process crossing the line in 12th and scoring our first four points of the season.  Ash and Josh both battled their way through the field and despite Ash’s misfortune on the start line, he managed to claw his way back into a great finishing position of 16th, a massive 14 places from where he was sitting at the end of lap one, but unfortunately just missing out on points.  For his debut BTCC, Josh had an outstanding race and gained a finishing position of 24th, 8 positions up from where he started and James brought his car home safely in 27th leaving him frustrated but hungry for better things later on in the day.  All in all, not a bad first race considering our starting positions.
Round 2

All four Subaru Levorg’s chose the soft tyre option for race two and with the track temperature warming up in the spring sunshine coupled with Jason and Ash lining up in good grid positions of 12th and 16th, we were rooting for them to get good starts and be in with a chance of a good haul of points.  The hope for Josh and James was for them to make their way through to good positions to give them a comfortable starting place for the final race later in the afternoon.

The lights were out and despite Jason getting a great start off the line, there was a coming together between him and Simpson which fired Jason’s Subaru Levorg into the pit wall leaving it with devastating damage.   With Ash, Josh and James all getting clean starts, there was more mayhem ahead when Ash went into the gravel on Paddock Hill forcing him back down the field and into last position.  The race was consequently red flagged whilst the medical team attended to Jason who thankfully walked free from the car and was relatively unscathed, other than a little bruising and was taken to the medical center for precautionary checks.  Meanwhile, with the race halted, his car was retrieved and brought back to the garage for the team to set about working on the mammoth task of rebuilding it ready for race three.

The remaining three Subaru Levorg’s rejoined the grid in their original positions whilst the marshalls got on with the job of cleaning the track surface and making it free of debris and fluid ready for the restart.

The drivers were deployed for the two sighting laps for Race two where unfortunately for Josh he was forced to visit the pits due to a faulty steering wheel.  With the race underway once more Ash got a great start and up into 10th, James had an equally good clean start with Josh joining the track at the back of the field half a lap down and in 30th position.

Further on in the race, Ash then took a hard hit on the inside by Epps at Clearways which sent him into the gravel which he managed to recover from albeit losing a massive eight places in the process.

The second half of the race saw Josh return to the pits once more with a repeat of his earlier gremlins.  Once again Ash went into the gravel trap at Clearways alongside Moffat causing significant damage to the side of his Subaru Levorg.
James fought a good race and brought his car home free from battle scars in 22nd 
with Josh finishing the race in 24th.

Round 3

Unfortunately, despite the mechanics working flat out to repair Jason’s car, there just wasn’t enough time to get it ready to join the grid for the third and final race of the day.

James would start the race in 21st with Josh in 24th and Ash 26th on the grid.

All three drivers got good clean starts with survival mode ensuing once more at the back end of the grid and unfortunately this time it was James turn for the bad luck as he was off and into the tyre wall at Cooper Straight.

With just two of the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Levorg's remaining in the race Ash stuck his elbows out and fought his way through and up into a very impressive 13th place until the last lap and last corner of Clark Curve, when contact with Taylor-Smith resulted in him tumbling back down the order to a finishing place of 21st with Josh bringing his car home in 24th, his third finish of the day.
Team owner Warren Scott summed up the weekend: “The first three rounds were a disappointing start to the 2017 championship for us at Adrian Flux Subaru Racing but we are pleased to take away some positives with a few points from Jason’s 12th place finish.  Our new drivers Ash and Josh showed great progression throughout the weekend and James had two good races which we are confident will transform into good results for the team as the season progresses.”

“Well, what a weekend that was”, explained Jason “it has already been filed in the forget and move on folder. We have lots of work to do before Donington, I have every faith in my team that we can find the solutions to our problems.”

James commented “A very disappointing weekend which did not reflect our winter testing. A massive thank you to our amazing mechanics for their continuous hard work. We hope to resolve our issues ready in time for Donington Park.”

Ash said of his Subaru debut “Not the start that we as a team would have liked coming into the 2017 season. Brands Hatch is most definitely one to put behind us and move on, we now need to hone in on the problems that occurred throughout the opening round before Donington.” he continued “On more of a positive note I feel that I showed some good potential in the racing but unfortunately I was always stuck in the thick of it all to make any real progress. The team did a sterling job all weekend behind the scenes it’s just a shame the results weren’t quite what we hoped for, onto Donington!”

To conclude BTCC rookie Josh Price said “It was a tough weekend for all in the team, for us we made a huge leap forward in the learning process of racing in the BTCC.  I have no doubt in my mind the team will be working their socks off to get the car back up at the sharp end come Donington."

Rookie Josh sits in 2nd place in the Jack Sears Trophy standings with 43 points from the weekend, behind Senna Proctor in the lead with 60 points.

We now look forward to Donington in two weeks’ time on the weekend of the 15th and 16th April.

Photo Credits - Phil Laughton Photography

Few could have predicted quite how successful a season the newly formed pairing of Subaru and Team BMR would enjoy in the BTCC last year, an effort supported by Autoglym, the UK’s premier car care specialist. The joint success enjoyed by the outfit has inspired Autoglym to partner with the fan favourite team in a far more involved manner moving forward, and the upshot is that Autoglym can now proudly announce that it is an official technical partners of Team BMR and Subaru for the 2017 BTCC season.

The British Touring Car Championship has something of a reputation for producing outstandingly close racing and the odd feel good story, but even hardened series veterans could’ve been forgiven for coming over a tad sentimental about Subaru’s debut season in 2016. The ex-WRC champions had the good sense to team up with the BTCC stalwarts at Team BMR beforehand, yet it was still abundantly clear that Subaru itself had a lot to learn, not least because they had opted to compete in a wholly unconventional car, the Levorg estate! That the pairing of Colin Turkington and Jason Plato were able to shrug off early reliability gremlins to emerge as a force to be reckoned with says a massive amount about the capabilities of all involved, not least because the former came within a hair’s breadth of snatching the title in the team’s debut season.

2016’s unexpected success has served to raise hopes for the season ahead, and as such both Team BMR and Subaru are working flat out in order to bring home the BTCC bacon. Proof of this can be seen in the former’s decision to make Autoglym, a company based less than an hour down the road, one its official technical partners. This is a role that the royal warranted detailing specialist is only too happy to make its own, and one that it’s wholly suited to thanks to a long-standing commitment to the UK’s premier domestic race series.
One of the main reasons the Subaru team swiftly became such a fan favourite was down to the visual appearance of the Levorg itself. The estate body shell wasn’t merely an innovative choice because of its incredible aerodynamic efficiency, it also looked superb, quite unlike anything else on the grid. Factor in the exuberant driving style of Messrs. Turkington and Plato, the distinctive note emitted by their flat-for ‘boxer’ engines, and it becomes all too clear why most of Paddock Hill bend was cheering for a Subaru win.
Autoglym’s role as a technical partner means that it will be entrusted with keeping the 4 Levorgs, this year driven by Jason Plato, Ash Sutton, James Cole and Clio Cup graduate Josh Price, looking their best – no mean feat when you consider the amount of panel ‘re-modification’ your average BTCC race weekend entails. The Autoglym range is nothing if not expansive, so expect to see products from their Professional and home enthusiast range used liberally and with gusto, and perhaps the appearance of a number of specialist, top secret Autoglym formulations still in the final stages of development.

“We’re over the moon to be able to further our commitment to the BTCC and our relationship with Subaru and Team BMR in particular,” explains Autoglym CEO Paul Caller. “The championship is in rude health, the best it has been since the mid ’90s in fact, and the passion at the heart of both Autoglym and Subaru is a uniting force, one that sets us in very good stead for 2017. We’re proud to be playing such a key role in the campaign and can’t wait for the championship to get underway.”

BMR Racing owner Warren Scott commented "“It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Autoglym are increasing their sponsorship with BMR for the 2017 season. I see both our companies are closely aligned in their innovation, passion and dedication and look forward to working within the developing partnership” 

All images courtesy of Team BMR / Phil Laughton Photography

BMR Racing are delighted to announce that following our news earlier this month of Josh Price returning to the Renault UK Clio Cup Championship, we can now confirm that he will drive the fourth Subaru Levorg with the BMR Racing Academy in the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

After an outstanding season in the Clio Cup last year, Josh has been supported by the BMR Academy which is the stepping stone system created by BMR to assist drivers in the transition from Clio’s to the BTCC.  The team have been working on a plan over the winter months to graduate Josh to the BTCC but were unable to finalise the arrangement.  Since releasing the news of Josh returning to the Clio Cup a sponsor has come forward which has allowed Josh to take the leap and make the final piece of the puzzle fit.

An excited Josh Price commented - “I’m extremely overwhelmed by the support of BMR and Subaru to get me on the BTCC grid this season at such short notice. I’m looking forward to the challenge that’s ahead, as well as working with a team with such a great pedigree.”

Speaking of Josh’s graduation BMR Racing owner Warren Scott commented –
“I am thrilled to welcome Josh into the BMR Racing Academy BTCC team and very much look forward to watching him progress within the championship throughout what promises to be an unforgettable year.”

We look forward to sharing more news of how the deal came together for Josh and his sponsors next week as well as sharing his car livery with you.
The day has finally arrived for the official launch of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship here at Donington Park with a new season that promises to be another unforgettable one.

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing are proud to introduce our drivers Jason Plato and James Cole who remain with us for another year, a third for Jason and a second for James, as well as our new kid on the block Ash Sutton who has made the switch from MG Racing to drive the Subaru Levorg GT.

All three drivers have all completed a test programme over the winter months and are hungry for the title challenge that lies ahead.

The drivers will join their championship rivals this morning where they will be presented to the worlds press before a championship press conference, TV filming, official photography and driver interviews, followed by the first official BTCC test session on Donington’s national circuit.

We will be bringing you a behind the scenes glimpse of some of the highlights of the day via the Subaru UK Facebook page as well as announcing the winner of our competition for the signed 2015 #99 Jason Plato Scalextric model plus track.

We look forward to seeing some of you in the paddock and grandstands which are free for entry from 12:30 with testing commencing between 13:00 and 17:00.

The complete calendar of the 2017 BTCC season can be found at http://www.teambmr.co.uk/team-bmr-2016-btcc-events-calendar
Warren Scott to compete in British Rallycross Championship for 2017


Team BMR’s Warren Scott has taken the decision to stand down from driving duties in the British Touring Car Championship to enable him to concentrate on his role of Team Principal.
Warren has confirmed that he will compete in the British Rallycross Championship this coming season with Liam Doran's championship winning team LD Motorsport, driving an RCiB sponsored Citroen DS3 formally piloted by Liam himself.
Speaking of his BTCC plans Warren confirmed "Although I had a very strong team behind me in the BTCC, I found it increasingly difficult to concentrate on my own racing when I had to also focus on the team’s performance and results as a whole. Having numerous cars on the grid meant that I could never fully centre my attention on my own race as there was always something going on. The BTCC is so competitive, often the top twenty are covered by just a second and there is no room for error, you must be 100% focused, 100% of the time.”
When asked about his future plans he stated “For the 2017 season, I will be competing in the British Rallycross Championship, I will however remain 100% hands on as Team Principal and am fully committed to Team BMR and Subaru in the BTCC and look forward to the championship fight this year.”

Speaking on his new car and team he added "I have already had a test day with Liam and his team.  The Citroen was unbelievable and I felt at home in the car and with the team straight away. I am really looking forward to this new personal challenge and to working with LD Motorsport who won the British Supercar Rallycross title in 2016 and with Liam himself who is a notorious World Rallycross driver with vast experience in the sport.”

The 2017 MSA British Rallycross Championship gets underway at Croft on Sunday 19th March.
Number 2 Mechanic Required

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Number 2 Mechanic to join our British Touring Car team.  Based at our workshop in East Hertfordshire, the successful candidate will have at least two years previous experience with a professional race team and have extensive knowledge of vehicle set up and race car preparation.  Applicants should be highly motivated and be able to commit to a full BTCC season travelling throughout the UK. 
Please apply to Brenton Yule, Chief Mechanic brenton@bmrracing.co.uk

Ash Sutton receives BRDC Superstars accolade

It has been announced this morning Team BMR’s Ash Sutton will join the BRDC Superstars roster in 2017 as the young drivers’ programme enters its 10th anniversary year. 
The British Racing Drivers Club founded the scheme under the watchful eye of none other than President Damon Hill OBE along with the programme director and ITV commentator Tim Harvey.  Alexander Simms will also remain on board as a BRDC Ambassador alongside his factory BMW drive. 
The programme itself has a lot to offer Ash and the eleven other hand-picked drivers to assist him in his development as a professional racing driver.  The programme will include workshops and training events that will cover physical and mental fitness, communication workshops, along with media and marketing training. 
Speaking of his step up to becoming a BRDC Superstar, the 23 year old commented: “Getting picked was a big thing for me. I was selected to become a Rising Star in 2014 so the goal was to step up to being a SuperStar. We put some work in to tick the boxes so I could move up and it’s great to be a part of the programme. The networking and connections available now are fantastic and there are certain people that could be a big support in my future career.”
Ash will carry the BRDC Superstars logo on his Subaru Levorg for the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship which gets underway at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on April 1st & 2nd.

Photo credit: Phil Laughton Photography
Ash Sutton joins Jason Plato & James Cole at Team BMR
We are pleased to announce that we have signed race-winning young gun Ash Sutton to drive alongside Jason Plato and James Cole for the forthcoming season of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Ash, 23 from Hertfordshire, comes to Team BMR from Triple Eight Racing with a year’s BTCC experience after finishing the top rookie in 2016.  Right from the outset Ash made his mark on the championship with an impressive 4th place finish on his BTCC debut at Brands Hatch back in April last year and his success continued throughout the season leading to his maiden win in a very wet race three at Croft.  There were two further podiums, two pole positions from qualifying and two fastest racing laps.  On finals day back in October he lifted the coveted Jack Sears Trophy after finishing top rookie, a championship he led for the whole of 2016.  
Speaking of his signing Ash commentedI am over the moon to be offered such a great opportunity. I joined the Team BMR Academy at the end of the 2014, signing a two-year deal to race in the UK Clio Cup Championship, with a view to working our way up through the 2015/16 seasons. That two-year deal soon turned into one, and 2016 saw me sat in a BTCC Car. Not for one second did I think that two years down the line I would be a part of the BMR factory team; let alone with such a newly bred BTCC manufacture as Subaru. I thought I had hit the jackpot in my debut season in securing a manufacture drive; but now being a part of Subaru, and the package that comes with that, has certainly topped it for me.
“Last year I accomplished all of the personal goals I had set for myself, I know that 2016 going to be hard, but I feel I have all the correct tools to move
those goal posts and set myself some bigger challenges! Going into the final round in with a shot for the championship is the biggest aim - but this is the pinnacle of British motorsport, it's the British Touring Car Championship, so I know it’s not going to come easy!
“I have been asked what my thoughts are on jumping into a rear wheel drive car and to be completely honest I am I’m going back to my roots. I have only had two years in front wheel drive throughout my whole racing career, so I can’t wait to be back where I belong. I’m looking forward to the intense testing program we have planned.
“Working alongside Jason, someone I have always looked up to, is something of an added bonus for me. There are three things that have made this academy journey come alive, those being; my family, all my loyal sponsors, and Warren Scott himself for giving me this opportunity. All I can say now is, roll on Brands!”
For Jason, 2017 will be his third consecutive year with the team and we are delighted that another BTCC milestone will be coming his way, this year Jason will be celebrating 20 years since he first joined the championship in 1997.  Jason remains the most successful driver in the history of the championship to date and took several podiums in 2016 with the all new Subaru Levorg GT that included his first Subaru pole position for the start of his 500th BTCC race which he won with an impressive lights to flag victory, the 95th of his career. He is also Great Britain’s most winning driver in motorsport history with 113 career victories, Lewis Hamilton is 2nd with 90 wins and Sir Stirling Moss 5th on 74.
Jason said “I predict 2017 will bring much success, I’m energised and looking forward to fighting for the championship. Our team goes from strength to strength. We have a fantastic new addition to the driver squad in young Ash Sutton, I’m certainly expecting him to be right in the thick of the action. Testing begins in two weeks and I can’t wait.”
 Image: Jakob Ebrey

James Cole joined the team in 2016 after switching from Motorbase Performance and will remain with BMR for a second year in what will be his fifth season in the BTCC.  James brought a wealth of knowledge to the team last year which hugely assisted us in developing the Subaru Levorg GT in its debut year in the championship and confirmed this with a fastest lap during race two at Silverstone.  James has already completed a two day test at Donington Park since the 2016 championship ended where he gained valuable data for the team.
James said "Winter testing was a revelation. I worked with Jason's engineer, Carl Faux, and WOW, it felt like I was in a racing car again. It just felt right - the balance, my confidence. I can't wait to get back in the car and build on what I learnt in testing. I need to deliver for the team and myself. Jason and Ash are quality team mates and I relish the challenge to work and compete with them and help Team BMR to win the driver and team championships in 2017."
 Image: Phil Laughton Photography
An announcement with regards to the fourth Subaru Levorg will be made within the next few weeks.
All of us at Team BMR are looking forward to the BTCC season getting underway at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on April 1st & 2nd.
Team BMR can today confirm that the team has parted company with Colin Turkington after mutually agreeing to end the contract.

Colin has had two successful seasons with Team BMR in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and in 2015, his maiden year with the team, he played a huge part in putting BMR on the map with his massive contribution in assisting us in claiming our first ever Teams Championship title along with his fifth Independents Championship crown.

2016 saw BMR bringing Subaru to the championship as a new manufacturer outfit and Colin’s commitment along with his input to the team was a huge asset in aiding us to develop our newly built Subaru Levorg’s.  Colin also made history by bringing the first Subaru BTCC Pole Position backed up by a maiden win for the Subaru Levorg.  His success continued throughout the season claiming further pole positions, race wins and podiums establishing himself in the final three for the overall championship title at Brands Hatch back in October.  He ended the season 4th overall in a battle that nearly saw the Ulsterman claiming his third BTCC title.

Speaking of Colin’s time at Team  BMR owner/driver Warren Scott commented “Colin has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the past two seasons and has brought a tremendous amount of knowledge to the team which has aided BMR in it’s growth and development as a front running BTCC team.

I wish Colin good luck for the forth coming season and would like to thank him for all his efforts and great achievements that he has brought to BMR.”

Speaking of his time with us here at BMR Colin Turkington stated “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Team BMR and will savour the success we shared together over the past two seasons; however, the time has come to part company and apply the focus to each of our own individual goals and needs.
I sincerely value the journey we have shared together securing the Teams Championship in 2015, winning my fifth Indy title and of course the thrilling year we have just had with the Subaru Levorg.  I have been fortunate to work with some of the best in the business at BMR and it has been a valuable experience and certainly helped me grow and improve.
The BTCC is surely one of the toughest Championships in the world to win and to finish last season with a realistic shot at winning the title in a new car was a tremendous achievement.
I wish Team BMR every success going forward and I hope they are just as proud of our two seasons together as I am.”

All of us at BMR Racing would like to thank Colin for his tremendous input to the team and we wish him continued success in his future career.
Team BMR will announce their confirmed 2017 plans in the coming weeks and we look forward to seeing everyone at Autosport International over the next few days.

Written by Maddy Turner
Photo credits:  Phil Laughton Photography
BMR Racing and Subaru Team up for Autosport International
The Autosport International Show kick starts the new year and BMR Racing and Subaru are delighted to announce their presence at the show.

Europe’s largest motorsport show opens its doors 12th - 15th January 2017 at the NEC and BMR Racing and Subaru can be found at stand 6000 in Hall 6. Exhibits will include the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship-challenging BMR Subaru Levorg and its road going counterpart, as well as the 300PS Subaru WRX STI performance flagship and the BRZ sports coupe and BMR Academy’s Go Karts.

Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars and grab the chance of winning an amazing one-off BMR prize package.
Team BMR and Subaru are offering one lucky BTCC follower, and their guest, the chance to join the team at the BTCC season opener at Brands Hatch on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd April 2017.  The massive prize bundle will include the following:

2 x VIP tickets for both Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April

2 x Full VIP hospitality passes to include a full BMR English Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea, all prepared by our on-site chefs.

2 x BMR VIP Lanyards

2 x Access passes to get behind the scenes during the qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

2 x Grid Walk passes to join Team BMR on the grid for the first round of 2017

2 x Access passes to the BMR Driver Q&A session

A meet and greet photo opportunity with the BMR drivers

A private BMR garage tour

If that wasn’t enough we are also delighted to include, for the very first time, a private factory tour of the BMR Headquarters in Hertfordshire during the summer of 2017.

For your chance to win, visit us on Stand 6000 in Hall 6 and take a Subaru selfie, tag @TeamBMRBTCC and @SubaruUK on Twitter and include the hashtag #BMRSuperFan and for Facebook include your selfie on the Facebook competition post @BMRRestartRacing and @OfficialSubaruUK again using the hashtag #BMRSuperFan.

Notes to Editors

Media Interviews will be available throughout the show – please contact Maddy Turner for BMR Racing enquiries, and Jade Wells for Subaru enquiries.

Terms & Conditions

The competition will close at 17:00 on Sunday 15th January and the winner must be available on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of April 2017.

The winner must also make their own way to Brands Hatch in Kent and BMR HQ in Hertfordshire and will be responsible for all expenses, costs or fees associated with the acceptance of the prize and any accommodation that might be required.

PR contacts:

Maddy Turner
Media Executive
Tel: 01763 290 341
Mob: 07917 037 033

Jade Wells                                                      
Press & PR Manager
Tel: 0121 730 8192
Mob: 07807 284 368

Darren Newman
Press & PR Assistant
Tel: 0121 730 8199
Mob: 07857 033 731

Turkington does the double at season finale
We arrived at Brands Hatch for the finale of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship   with everything to play for with us having two of our Silverline Subaru BMR Racing drivers in championship contention.  Colin was sitting 7th in the table just 37 points behind the championship leader Sam Tordoff and Jason in 8th a further 21 points adrift.
The first point of the weekend would be awarded to the pole sitter during the most 
important qualifying session of the year on Saturday afternoon, and as dark clouds loomed overhead it wasn’t going to be straight forward.  The track was initially dry as the cars left the pit lane for the 30 minute shoot out that lay ahead, with Jason instantly placing himself 2nd on the leader board.  There was a stoppage due to Aron Smith’s car rolling onto its roof at Hawthorns, which in turn allowed the wet weather to set in when the circuit went live for the second time. 
With Colin in 17th and Warren and James further down the order there was concern that the drivers wouldn’t be able to increase they current times with the track conditions.  The cars returned to the track and did all they could to get temperature in the tyres in a bid to try and increase their lap times.  The rain then halted and the track started to dry but with the clock ticking we were under pressure to get up the order and into a better grid position for the first race of the day.  Colin then put in a storming lap which was more than a second quicker than his competitors and lap after lap he increased his time to ensure that he held onto pole position.  Jason didn’t manage to get a clean lap but impressively still managed a time quick enough to put him in a great 4th position.  James set the 22nd quickest time with Warren just behind him in 23rd.   Post-qualifying Tom Ingram’s Toyota failed the ride height check and his times were disallowed forcing him to the back of the grid and moving our drivers up one place, with Jason now starting behind Colin on the grid for the first of Sunday’s three races.
As the lights went out for the first race of the day, the Subaru Levorgs made great starts, as did Rob Austin from 2nd in the front wheel drive Toyota which left Colin immediately fighting for the lead, which he remarkably held onto, as Jason went on the attack to find a way past, eventually safely slotting in behind in 3rd with both James and Warren also getting a good safe start on the opening lap. 

There was drama for Andrew Jordan and Hunter Abbott at Druids on lap two and the safety car was deployed which gave Colin the opportunity to control the pace.  An immense restart from Colin created a gap to Austin as he fought off Jason who in turn was having to defend the MG of Josh Cook.  The gap increased even further for Colin as did his lap times with him setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 7 gaining one more valuable point. 

As the checkered flag fell it was Colin who crossed the line after a lights to flag victory tallying up a staggering 22 points in the process, the maximum achievable and now in 5th for the driver’s title and just 20 points off leader Tordoff.

Jason lost out to Cook on the final corner and brought the car home in an all-important 4th place gaining 13 valuable points in the process.  Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to keep Jason’s hopes of a third driver’s title alive.
James finished the race in 23rd place as Warren endured more bad luck from a puncture that dropped him down the order, followed by an off into the gravel trap which he didn’t recover from. 

For race two both Colin and Jason gained additional success weight due to their finishing positions and with both cars being on the soft tyre, there was a whole new set of challenges. 
As the lights went out both drivers up front made a great getaway with Jason immediately going on the attack of Austin, as James and Warren moved up the order to 20th and 22nd respectively.

By lap two Jason was right on the tail of Austin looking for a way past the Toyota which enabled Colin to run away with the race up front. 
The second safety car of the day was then deployed after a dramatic crash into the tyre wall on the run down to Graham Hill by title contender Matt Neal in the Honda which subsequently took him out of the competition after he suffered concussion and bringing an end to his day.  There was then a lengthy stoppage which allowed the drivers to take a breather.
When the race restarted Colin made a break again out in front.  Jason made the move on Austin at Surtees and into second and Gordon Shedden, who was also in contention for championship honours, followed him through in the Honda and was now behind in third.  Jason then closed the gap to his team mate Colin to just 0.8 seconds and was gaining on him with every lap when the team then asked Jason to hold station and act as rear gunner to Colin.  Jason rose to the challenge keeping Shedden at bay and in turn made Colin’s job easier to escape into the distance and enabling him to take race honours once more as they brought the Subaru Levorgs home with a 1-2 for the team with Jason in 2nd.  James brought his Levorg home in 20th with Warren in 23rd.

It was now a three way fight for the championship with just one race to go and Sam Tordoff in his BMW still in the lead, Gordon Shedden in the Honda in 2nd just two points behind and Colin in 3rd and 10 points adrift of the leader. 

The reverse grid draw was made for the final race of the 2016 season by Micky Butler from title sponsor Dunlop UK who he drew the number seven from the barrel which placed the final championship contender Mat Jackson on pole position, placing Jason in 6th and Colin in 7th.
For race three Colin had maximum weight on the car for the second time of the day it was going to be a big ask for him to get past his fellow contenders and into a position of being in the championship lead but he was up for the fight and was prepared to do all he could to finish his season in the best position possible. 

Jason got a great start and instantly tried to get past the Honda of Shedden but it just wasn’t possible whilst Colin was held back in traffic trying to get a clean start and dropped to 10th position.  Both James and Warren both got away without incidents and James was up to 17th with Warren running in 21st.  The safety car however was then deployed for Warren after contact from Dan Welch sent him into the gravel ending his race prematurely.
Racing resumed and Shedden took 3rd from Tordoff and into the lead in the championship standings.  With Jason now running in 8th and Colin in 12th, both struggled with the weight as James moved further up the order to 16thA further safety car was deployed for the stricken car of Dan Welch which left just a couple of laps left to decide who would reign supreme in 2016 and walk away with the title. 

Racing resumed once again and the three remaining Levorgs held their positions with Jason finishing in 10th, Colin 12th and James 16th.  Jackson in his Ford took the race win, with Aiden Moffatt in second and Gordon Shedden took third and the title of 2016 British Touring Car Champion for the third time in his BTCC career.  .  Ultimately it wasn’t enough to get us to the top and Colin finished fourth in the championship with Jason ending his 2016 campaign in 7th.

What a year!!!! All of us at Silverline Subaru BMR Racing would like to take this opportunity in thanking Subaru UK and all of our sponsors for their support over the course of the 2016 season and to also thank the team who have put in lengthy hours of hard work to ensure that we fought a great fight in the championship.  Thanks also to the army of loyal fans who have supported us through thick and thin this year, your support is second to none.  We mustn’t forget the TOCA officials, marshalls, grid girls, photographers and last but not least Fat Goose Catering who have looked after both us and our guests superbly once again this year, huge thanks to you all.
We now go into the winter break with an extensive winter testing programme planned as we set to embark on the 2017 season ahead, and I think it’s safe to say we are hungrier than ever for that title!
Sponsor and drivers quotations:
Paul Tunnicliffe, Managing Director, Subaru UK commented“When we started the season our expectations were low.  An all-new car, with very little preparation time, we planned on 2016 being a year of learning and experimentation.  In the event, these objectives were blown away.  Certainly, there were dark times, especially early in the season, but, thanks to the skills and dedication of the technical team at BMR and their drivers, these were overcome, and we enjoyed a second half to the season which we never could have anticipated.  By Brands Hatch we were transformed from the cinderellas of the championship, to being the team to beat.  With some justification, we expect to start 2017 as firm favourites.  

“We have attended every round, with dealers as our guests, the project having really captured the attention of those close to the brand.  Even our colleagues in Japan have been watching the races, often live in the middle of the night.  We cannot wait for Donington next March, when we can start all over again”.

Rob Henry, Global Brand Manager, Silverline commented – “What an action packed Championship!

“Congratulations to all the drivers, mechanics and support staff who worked so hard to overcome the challenges facing the team at the start of the season.  You all did a great job in getting the team and the drivers so close to the top of the standing table. Enjoy the offseason!”

Warren Scott commented – “I am so immensely proud of what the team have achieved in our maiden year as a Manufacturer team with Subaru UK.  With a new car a lot of credit goes to the drivers who have managed results without any extensive testing and to finish on the points they did driving young cars is remarkable.

“Huge thanks to Subaru UK, all our sponsors and everyone in the team, the results speak for themselves and are proof of how hard everyone has worked to make it all possible.

“We will continue to develop the cars over the winter to ensure that we come out even stronger for the 2017 season”.

Colin Turkington commented“I don’t really know where to start in summing up our weekend, it has all happened so fast and I now find myself in China testing a Chinese Touring Car! I am beaming with satisfaction with a phone full of heart-warming messages and missed calls. So something pretty special must have went on!
“I knew I was a significant outsider coming into the season finale, but I still wanted to prepare and plan like it was my crown.

“That has been my approach all season, and I can honestly look back at every weekend and say I give everything I had. I never missed an hour’s preparation and I put 100% into every lap I had the Levorg on track.

“In the end it just wasn’t meant to be, but I am far from disappointed. Yes I was saddened to know that I couldn’t get any more out of race 3 and my chances were over, but overall it was a near perfect weekend.

“It’s been a season of up’s and downs with DNF’s, DNS’s, grid penalties and tough battles but we kept our focus and kept pushing onwards. You can’t start contemplating what if’s or what might have been, all you can do is look back and be proud of the success that we worked so hard for.

“I would like to thank every last member of Silverline Subaru BMR Racing and all my fantastic partners, supporters and fans. 2016 has been a roller-coaster and one that will stand out for me for the rest of my career”.

Jason Plato commented"The finals meeting at Brands Hatch always produces fantastic drama and action and this year was right up with the very best.

“Our Silverline Subaru Levorg's were once again the class of the field on the demanding Grand Prix circuit and produced fantastic results for the team.

“This season has given us all lots to be excited about for the future and I can’t wait to begin testing for next season.

“I’m confident that with the winter test program we have planned we will arrive at the first race of 2017 fully prepared to win the championship.

“I would like to thank all our loyal partners and supporters and in particular, Subaru UK, Silverline Tools and Adrian Flux Insurance and last but not least I would like to thank each and every one of our amazing team”

James Cole commented“I can’t believe how fast this season has flown. Seems like only yesterday we were back here at Brands Hatch with four brand new Subaru Levorg’s. What a roller coaster of a year. 

“I have so many positives to take out of this year and I really can’t wait to get back in the car ASAP and get lots of winter mileage under my belt. 

“I would like to thank the whole team on an amazing job. A special thank you to my three fantastic team mates for all their help and encouragement throughout the year. I’m so excited to see what 2017 brings!!!

Written by Maddy Turner

Photos by Phil Laughton Photography
The Final Battle
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing’s Colin Turkington, Jason Plato, James Cole and Warren Scott are intent on finishing their 2016 seasons on a high as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to the iconic Brands Hatch GP Circuit, for the final three rounds this weekend (1-2 October).

Returning to the circuit where the Subaru Levorg’s made their debuts in the BTCC 
back in April on the Indy Circuit for the season opener, both Colin and Jason have the opportunity to take the overall championship title but it will require the two former double champions to close the points gap to series leader Sam Tordoff with an 11 point advantage over his nearest rival, Gordon Sheddon.  With 67 points up for grabs the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing duo are two of the eight drivers with a mathematical shot of being crowned Champion with Colin trailing Tordoff by just 37 points and Jason with a gap of 58 points.

James and Warren will go into the meeting with added confidence after last time out at Silverstone where Warren qualified in the top half of the field and was the highest placed Subaru driver on the timing screens as James secured the overall fastest lap in race 2.  Both drivers have shown that they have the pace on several occasions this year but luck hasn’t always been on their side hampering their point hauls for 2016.  James and Warren will be giving it there all this weekend to ensure that they finish on a high to round out the season.

It’s certainly been a journey for us as a team in 2016, we have endured some tough times in the championship but we have given it our all and with the support of our sponsors and fans we are proud to have fought a great battle and will continue to do so until the very end of race three on Sunday afternoon. 

Qualifying will be shown live on the ITV website (www.itv.com/btcc) at 15:40 this Saturday with race day coverage beginning at 10.15 on Sunday and being shown live on ITV4, Itv.com and also in HD.

Written by Maddy Turner

Photos by Phil Laughton Photography
Silverstone played host to the penultimate rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship last weekend with both Colin Turkington and Jason Plato in contention for the 2016 championship title.  Between the pair they were looking for a good haul of points in order for them to be in a strong position for the final rounds some two weeks later.

Following Saturday’s qualifying session, Warren came out on top of the four Silverline Subaru BMR Racing drivers placing his Levorg 13th on the grid after jumping up the order on his final lap from 21st.  Jason would line up for race one right behind him with James 23rd so it was all to play for.  Unfortunately Colin was forced to start from the back of the grid following a penalty he picked up last time out at Rockingham, his third of the season.

All four made great getaways, but a tap from behind for the team boss Warren sent him into a spin that caused Jason to take evasive action leaving the boss stranded sideways on track allowing all of the chasing pack to pass.  He did however manage to get the car started again albeit down in last position but clawed his way back up to 21st place before a puncture on the final lap forced him to retire from the race with great disappointment.

It wasn’t going to be an easy task for Colin following the grid penalty, but despite starting from the back of the grid he carved his way through the field, passing no less than 19 cars in the process, to finish in an outstanding 10th place.

Jason dropped back down the order at the start but impressively fought a good fight and gained a number of positions back to finish in a comfortable point scoring position of 12th.
James had a great start to his first race of the day and by the end of the first lap was up to an astonishing 17th from 23rd on the grid.  Unfortunately he too was forced to retire on the final lap with a front left puncture.

MG were initially awarded first and second positions although the final race result was amended due to the MG’s being excluded from the race and both Colin and Jason were promoted two places and up to 8th and 10th respectively.

Colin had a great start in the second encounter as did Jason, with both Subaru Levorgs running side by side into Beckets and then again into Luffield where Colin eventually stayed ahead in 8th with Jason tucking up behind him in 9th by the time the opening lap was complete.  Warren and James also made up places on the first lap into 23rd and 24th respectively. 

Colin and Jason then worked in formation picking off their targets one by one as they fought their way through the field into 4th and 5th places.  Warren made it up to 17th before succumbing to his second puncture of the day finishing all the way down in 29th with James securing 23rd.  James also scored a point for setting the fastest lap of the race.  Andrew Jordan was victorious as he took the win in the Ford Focus.

For the final showdown of the day, Warren suffered more misery as he was unable to make it to the grid for the third due to an engine issue.
Colin doubled up with a second 4th place finish after passing Jason on the final lap after the latter brought more misery to the team after he too suffered a puncture.  He managed to finish the race by limping across the line in 12th place and still in a point scoring position after running fourth throughout the 22 lap encounter.  James brought the third and final Subaru Levorg home in 21st.  Honda’s Gordon Shedden took the win.

There is just one event remaining this season with rounds 28, 29 and 30 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship being held at Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on the 1st and 2nd of October. 

Sam Tordoff currently leads the standings from the Honda duo of Shedden and Matt Neal.  With a maximum of 67 points up for grabs, there are a further 5 drivers who can mathematically still walk away with the 2016 championship title that includes Rob Collard, Mat Jackson, Andrew Jordan and our very own Silverline Subaru BMR Racing drivers Colin and Jason with just 58 points separating the top eight.
Warren commented “The number 39 crew experienced another tough weekend at Silverstone, the circuit really suits me as the racing lines are pretty much the same as when riding a superbike here unlike the other circuits where the car racing lines are so different.

“We managed a great qualifying result where we were the quickest rear wheel drive car which gave me a confidence boost for the race day on Sunday.  Starting from P13 in race 1 was an achievement for me, I was really looking forward to race with the front runners only to be knocked off the circuit on turn one. 

“Race 2 I had a puncture and then we didn’t manage to get the car out for race 3 due to a mechanical issue so all in all quite a rough day!

“As usual I am immensely proud of the team who work tirelessly and put every bit of effort in, also to James, Colin and Jason who work so incredibly hard to achieve the results that they have done this year so far, especially at Silverstone which was always going to be a very hard track for the Subaru’s to compete.

“We now look forward to the season Finale at Brands Hatch to mark the end of our development season with the Subaru Levorg before a very comprehensive winter testing programme begins.”

James commented “Silverstone sadly was always going to be a circuit we would struggle at more than most. Considering our lack of horse power the team did a fantastic job all weekend. Yes a fastest lap in Race 2 was a very high positive from the weekend, but being able to use it to fight through the field is a different story. To get anywhere close in the races every lap has to be a qualifying lap, we are not able to manage our tyres over a race run, which lead to our two punctures in the first two races. We have such a good car through the corners, which is so important. The straight bits, maybe I’ll try pushing my foot down harder on the throttle next time, see if that help.”
Colin commented “I left Silverstone hugely satisfied after three strong finishes despite having to start the first race from the back of the grid.  An unexpected good haul of points at one of our toughest circuits means I go to the final meeting 37 points from the top of the table and still a contender for the championship. 

“Making good progress early in the day and passing 19 other cars to finish 10th in race one was the perfect start and the key to my weekend. The grip on the circuit was unusually low, so we had to work hard to find a good setup, but thanks to my engineering team we did and I was able to keep progressing and take home another two fourth place finishes.

"I now go into the finale still fighting for honours, albeit an outside bet. This is an incredible achievement for the whole team considering the tough start to the year and this being our first season with the Levorg.  My focus is already on Brands and I will keep the pressure on to see how far up the championship leader board I can get.”

Jason commented “Silverstone was always going to be a tough one for everyone at Silverline Subaru BMR Racing as it is a circuit which the lap time is heavily dependent on engine power and therefore straight line speed. To be so far off in qualifying taking into account the skill of the engineers, drivers and equipment at our disposal is beyond disappointing.

“Whilst we made progress in the races, this was mostly due to us overtaking cars that were experiencing tyre degradation issues. We are just so slow in a straight line it is almost impossible to mount an attack.

“My frustration hit a new high with a puncture on the last corner of the last lap in race three whilst in 4th position.

“We have a car which is without doubt the class of the field in the corners. We need more power from the engine to be able to compete in the races.”

Written by Maddy Turner
Photos by Phil Laughton Photography
Penultimate Silverstone

The Silverline Subaru BMR Racing team arrived at Silverstone today for the penultimate round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Where did the 2016 season go? It only seems like yesterday we were unveiling our brand new Subaru Levorg GT at Media Day back in March and here we are with just over two weeks until a driver is crowned the 2016 BTCC Champion.

Mathematically there are still 134 points up for grabs meaning there are 13 drivers in the title hunt so we are all looking forward to a very close weekends racing. Both Colin and Jason are well inside the top 13, however it's going to be a big ask if either of the Team BMR duo are to lift the coveted trophy at Brands Hatch on finals day.

Currently Jason sits 8th some 59 points adrift of Championship leader Sam Tordoff, with Colin slightly further up the road in 6th with a 48 point differential. Unfortunately it's going to be even tougher for Colin at the home of British Motorsport this weekend as he will be forced to start the opening race from the back of the grid, having picked up his third penalty of the season last time out at Rockingham. Colin & Jason will be looking for a strong set of results in order to grab as many points as they can and try to close the gap to those ahead of them come finals day.

In the past Silverstone has been very kind to all four drivers with both Colin and Jason racking up several wins and podiums at the Northamptonshire venue over the years, and it's also the scene of where both James and Warren have produced their top results after a 9th place finish for Warren in 2014 and the same for James in 2015, albeit in very different machinery. One chink in the armour at Silverstone is that it was also the scene of a huge accident for Warren last year in free practice two, after he hit a concrete wall at high speed through turn one, that resulted with four breaks in two vertebrae in his back, so he will be returning to the scene for the first time since.

One thing that's certain this weekend is that anything can happen in the BTCC and with 12 drivers already having stood on the top step of the podium this year, it really is anybody's guess as to the outcome.

We look forward to seeing many of you there, and don't forget to come along to garages 4A-C at 10.55am on Sunday to support the Brave the Shave campaign. See link below:

Brave The Shave - Silverstone
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing are proud to be supporting an amazing group of fans and colleagues that are braving the shave for Macmillan cancer support standing proudly alongside men, women and children with cancer.

We know that cancer can turn the world upside down and that’s especially true when it comes to appearance. People with cancer go through hair loss and changes to their appearance that can affect everything from the way they look to how they feel.

The group will be joining the team in our garages at 10.55am during the Church Break at Silverstone on Sunday 18th September during rounds 25, 26 & 27 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.  Our drivers Jason Plato, Colin Turkington, James Cole and Warren Scott will have clippers in hand to start off the proceedings. 

In addition our Chief Designer and Engineer to Jason Plato, Carl Faux has also agreed to brave the shave and with the nickname of ‘Boy Band’ that the team have given him, believe us when we say he has an almighty head of hair to lose and needs your support.  Carl has also impressively roped in the Editor of Motorsport News Matt James to get involved, those of you who know Matt will agree that this will be something to witness!

With Macmillan being Dunlop’s chosen charity we hope to raise some much needed funds to support people who are facing a difficult time.
By braving the shave, we’re making sure that Macmillan can be there for people with cancer and their families.

Here are some of the ways the money you raise could make a massive difference:

Funding Macmillan nurses - One way your support could help people affected by cancer is through funding the amazing Macmillan nurses.

Building and improving information and support centres - Your donations could help to maintain and build new Macmillan information and support centres.

Providing financial support and advice - The money you raise could be spent on employing Macmillan benefits advisers and giving one-off grants to people in financial need.

We would love for our fans to come and support Carl, Matt and our fans Lee Fraser, Levy Santos, Courtney Salmon and Phil Holgate on Sunday at garages 4 A-C at 10.55am and help us to raise as much money as possible for this amazing cause by donating at one of the following links:

 Carl Faux - https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/carl-faux/

 Matt James - https://www.justgiving.com/Matt-James17

 Fans - Lee, Levy, Courtney & Phil - https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/lee-fraser-2/

Subaru Storm through the field at Rockingham
It was a weekend of highs and lows for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing at Rockingham over the weekend for rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Qualifying on Saturday afternoon was red flagged half way through the session when the weather made a turn for the worse plunging the circuit into the darkness of thunder, lightning and torrential rain.  Jason Plato was one of the many drivers that endured an off track excursion before the session was delayed for ten minutes allowing the rain to ease and the track to be assessed before the second half of the session recommenced.  As the track improved with every lap Jason brought his car home in 4th albeit with damage after another incident.  Colin set the 5th quickest time making it two Subaru’s in the top five with James and Warren qualifying in 17th and 18th determining their grid position for the first of Sunday’s three races.  Pole Position went to Gordon Shedden in the Honda.

With the weather having greatly improved for race day on Sunday, the crowds flocked to the Northamptonshire circuit to witness the drivers battle it out for points as the championship draws ever closer to the end of 2016 season.

Race One was a fantastic start to the day with both Jason and Colin making up a place on the opening lap resulting in the first podium of the weekend for Jason in third position and Colin just behind him in 4th, that also secured us the Manufacturer Trophy for Subaru.  Both James and Warren received 
contact on the opening lap forcing them both down the order.  James finished the race in 22nd with Warren making a great fight back through the field from 30th to finish in a very respectable 19th.  Pole sitter Shedden took the win.

Race Two wasn’t such a great affair as both Jason and Warren suffered damage on the opening lap forcing Jason into retirement and Warren two laps down in 23rd.  Colin also tumbled down the order after getting caught up in the second corner mayhem and then subsequently had a spin which he impressively controlled avoiding the concrete wall.  He recovered to finish the race in the final point scoring position of 15th.  James excelled making up ten places and was the lead Silverline Subaru BMR Racing driver finishing in 12th and adding to the impressive tally of manufacturer points for Subaru.  When the flag fell it was BMW’s Sam Tordoff who crossed the line for the win.

There was further retirement for Warren in Race Three after an electrical issue with one of the engine control boxes failing.  James brought his car home in 18th whilst teammate Jason had a superb race through from the back of the grid and up to 10th.  Colin once again showed off his outstanding driving skills making his way up to the 3rd and final spot on the podium, his 8th of the season, from 15th on the grid.  Aron Smith took victory in the BKR Volkswagen making it an incredible twelfth driver to stand on the top step of the podium during 2016.

All in all a mixed bag for the team but some very crucial points scored.  Colin is now 48 points off the leader Sam Tordoff with Jason 11 points adrift of Colin.

The championship now heads into its final two events the first being at Silverstone in three weeks’ time on the 17th and 18th September for the penultimate rounds.

Colin Turkington said “I come away from Rockingham pleased with my performance but frustrated at what could have been.  My aim before the weekend was to close the points gap to the leaders but unfortunately I was unable to do it.  That said I didn't lose any ground and I'm still determined to give it my best shot over the final two meetings. 

“The car was fast in all conditions and even in the most extreme conditions in qualifying we were seriously competitive.  Banking a solid fourth place finish was a good start to the day, but unfortunately things unravelled in race two with two separate incidents, one of which saw me spearing backwards towards the wall at over 200kph!

“Race three was one of the best I can remember in some time as I moved from a lowly fifteenth grid position onto the podium.  Once again the Subaru was on rails and I was able to slice my way through the field and demonstrate just how good our package is at the moment.  I've got to start the first race at Silverstone from the back of the grid due to picking up two penalties at Rockingham for minor rule infringements, but I'm never one to shy away from a challenge.”

Jason Plato saidTo summarise the weekend we were a bit unlucky in race one and then also for race two as in hindsight I could have won that.  The Race two crash at turn two affected my weekend.

“I was pleased with race three and managed to get up the order, although I didn’t officially overtake anyone they all crashed out, I found it difficult to overtake due to the fact that we were too slow in straight line.

“Rock on Silverstone!”
James Cole said  “Unfortunately, boost issues were the limiting factor to my Saturday. A sensor problem in both Free Practice One and Two had a serious impact on qualifying preparation, not getting a single lap in Free Practice Two. The small bit of running in Free Practice One showed we had top ten pace.

“Qualifying was without question the most challenging conditions I've ever driven a race car in. Driving around an oval in a thunder storm certainly gets the blood pumping! 

“Race One pretty much ended before it started. Sadly first lap damage due to idiotic drivers is now becoming the norm in BTCC. I sound like a broken record but finishing the first lap of Race One with the rear wheels pointing in different directions isn't what you would hope for. 

“Race Two thankfully was a lot better and moving up through the field was fun. The cars pace in clear air was fantastic and having better lap times on the hard tyres than many of the cars in the top ten was very encouraging. 

“In Race Three I was again on the receiving end of constant contact before eventually getting spun out. 

“What I take away from the weekend is, a bad Saturday is very hard to recover from. In Races two and three the pace of my Subaru was more than good enough to stay comfortably inside the top ten. I just need to focus on qualifying inside that top ten where there is respect between the drivers and driving standards are rarely an issue.  

“It goes without saying the wonderful job Team BMR do to deliver such a great car.  Any frustration I have is as much for them as it is for me."

To learn more about the Subaru Levorg sport tourer, visit www.subaru.co.uk.

Written by Maddy Turner
Photos by MJP Media
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing re-issue statement to avoid confusion.

Silverline Subaru BMR Racing is pleased to provide this clarification in relation to recent statements published on behalf of TOCA.
It has always been and is our intention to ensure that the BTCC Regulations as a whole are fully respected by everybody, as we do, for the benefit of all participants.
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing made a transparent application for a Homologation Extension to change the design of its inlet manifold based on a reliability issue and performance benefit.
The BTCC Technical Working Group including the TOCA officials agreed the Homologation Extension as permitted by the Championship Regulations for the Oulton Park round onwards albeit subject to an initially conservative base boost setting. Other teams and manufacturers have also made similar proper Homologation Extension applications also in accordance with the Regulations.
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing understand and support our drivers’ frustration on power levels and boost adjustments that did, in some circumstances, not seem logical given the objective of equalising engine outputs across the championship. This concern was also expressed by senior personnel and high profile drivers from some other teams throughout the season.
Since these comments were made the calculus used in determining the resultant boost pressure and any adjustments has been presented to us and all other engine manufacturers.  It is clear to us that the methodology used is based on raw data taken from each and every vehicle in the championship. The maths and processes are in fact a remarkably accurate judgement of the power output of each engine at the test conditions. However, we believe these test conditions do not translate to actual ‘on track’ straight line speed performance and recommend revisions moving forward if we are to achieve the common goal of ‘on track’ speed equalisation. We are looking forward to working with TOCA, the engine builders and all other teams to achieve this common goal.
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing support TOCA and the foundation of the processes in place.  We are also, along with many others, assisting where possible to ensure we have a transparent formula in place that results in a robust and accurate method to achieve the parity on circuit which will result in what all the drivers then experience in car.
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing are looking forward to the successful climax of the 2016 BTCC season and hope that all involved are as well.
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing driver Jason Plato started the weekend on a high qualifying with pole position for what would be his 500th race of his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship career. 

He set an impressive lap time during the final seconds of the qualifying session on Saturday afternoon and came out on top with team mate Colin securing his place in the top five with James setting the fourteenth quickest time and Warren twenty first.
Race One saw Jason take a lights to flag victory and his first race win of the season in his all new Subaru Levorg GT bringing his total wins to a staggering ninety-five. 

Jason led the race throughout managing to hold off the threatening BMW of Jack Goff who took second place with Colin bringing his Subaru Levorg home in third and taking the final spot of the podium.

James brought his car home in a point scoring position of fifteenth but there was dismay for Warren who was tapped into a spin and subsequently forced into retirement from the race.
Race Two once again saw Jason lead the race from the off until the chasing pack of Jack Goff in the BMW and Colin in his Levorg were bunched up behind him during a safety car period.  Colin endured a race long battle with the BMW’s of Goff and Tordoff and then Jordan.  The Honda of Matt Neal passed both Colin and Goff and into third after contact was made between the pair at the hairpin. 

With 75kgs on board Jason was eventually passed by both Tordoff and Neal and finished in third position having held them of until the final two laps with Colin was just behind in fourth.

There was disappointed for both James and Warren who had incidents with James being sent into a spin due to contact but managed to bring his machine home in 21st and Warren was tapped from behind and put into the gravel trap and had to retire from the race for the second time of the day.
The Silverline Subaru BMR Racing drivers were lucky in the reverse grid draw for the third and final race of the day with Matt Jackson’s number being drawn from the barrel, promoting Colin up to third and Jason to fourth.  James started from 21st and Warren 27th.

Colin got a good start retaining his position whilst Jason lost a place to the BMW of Rob Collard on the run down to the first corner.  After a brief safety car period allowing the cars to bunch up, Colin was on the attack of the Collard, and the BMW of Goff was in turn on the attack of Colin, bringing yet another Subaru and BMW battle.  Then disaster struck when there was contact between Collard and Colin sending them both into a spin and ending their races.

Jason then enjoyed a third place battle with the Honda of Scotsman Gordon Shedden but managed to keep him at bay.  Jackson took the lead, Tordoff came in second and Jason brought home the Subaru Levorg in third for the final podium spot.

James finished in his second point scoring position of the weekend in thirteenth with Warren completing the race in twenty fifth.

Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship take place at Rockingham on 27/28 August, we hope to see you all in the stands.
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing comments from Knockhill:
Paul Tunnicliffe, Managing Director of Subaru UK commented:  "Another good day's work for the team, with steady progress continuing to be made.  I was particularly delighted for Jason, who, in true JP style, marked his 500th BTCC race with a pole, and a lights to flag victory.  Colin continues to show gritty determination, carrying out crucial overtaking manoeuvres to keeps his title hopes alive.  Personally, I wouldn't bet against us being there or thereabouts come Brands Hatch.  Roll on Rockingham."

Jason Plato commented:  “What a fantastic weekend!

“It was great to get back to standing on the top step of the podium especially as it was on such an amazing milestone in my career. I was on Pole and finished second in my first ever BTCC race in 1997 and nineteen years later went one better in my 500th BTCC race with Pole and a Win.

“To leave Knockhill as top points scorer with a first and two third places was a fine reward for all at Silverline Subaru BMR Team, they have worked so so hard.

“Race One was pretty straight forward, I nail the start, built up a lead and then controlled the pace, but, the safety car was deployed late in the race which eroded my lead and produced a tense last few laps.

“Race Two on the other hand was tense throughout, laden with 75kgs of success ballast I couldn’t breakaway and was under severe pressure throughout the race until I lost rear grip with four laps to go, as it turned out the one of the other cars was laying oil around the circuit and I lost the lead and slipped back to third when Matt Neal rattled inside me at turn seven. Still a good result.

“Race Three was all about being patient and letting the race come to me, I was sat in fifth keeping a watchful eye on the leading three starting to get a bit feisty and slightly desperate as Jackson was holding them up. With Colin and Collard out of the race I was up to third. I then got onto the back Tordoff and we both applied serious pressure to the leader Jackson for some eighteen plus laps. Despite all our efforts neither of us could get past the “Slow in the corners, too fast on the straights’’ Jackson. A second third place podium of the day was a great reward.

“Rockingham can’t come soon enough, hopefully we should be on the pace but we are all very nervous about not having enough straight line speed for the flat out sections to combat the Ford and BMW cars.”

Colin Turkington commented:  “I come away from Knockhill focusing on the positives and another strong weekend for the team.  We were fast in every session and I was pleased to qualify strongly with championship ballast in the car for the first time.  This was the best the car has felt all season in race trim and I was really able to bring the fight to the table.  We're moving the Subaru forward at a fantastic rate each time out and considering this was our first time at Knockhill we can all be pretty satisfied. I really enjoyed the intensity of the racing at Knockhill.  I had a car that I could push to the limits and there is no better feeling.

“I’m confident about the remaining three events and I'm committed to giving my best.  We may have lost the points in Race Three but nothing changes – I’m here to challenge for the title."

James Cole commented:  “Before we get onto my weekend I first want to once again congratulate Jason Plato and Colin Turkington on another mega weekend. 

“My own weekend was filled with positives and frustrations. The team prepared a perfect car both days. Myself and my engineer, Richard Owen, are now getting into the nitty gritty of the Subaru's performance to best suit my driving style. 

“Our times in Race One showed real top ten pace, which is where I feel I now should be. Sadly driving standards outside the top ten are in my opinion the worst I've ever seen. A distinct lack of respect between a few of the drivers is really ruining it for most. 

“It only takes a few to spoil the party. Hopefully we will start to see improvements in the next round as having your own race ruined by the actions of others is tiresome. 

“My speed is increasing, my knowledge of the car is improving and I'm certain all of this will be reflected in the results if we can all race properly.”

Written by Maddy Turner
Photos by MJP Media
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing will be celebrating two milestones this weekend (13/14 August) when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads north of the border to Knockhill in Fife with the first being our 100th BTCC race during race two on Sunday afternoon.

We are delighted at how far we have come since joining the BTCC with a single Seat Leon in 2013, and are extremely excited about what the future holds in future years.
The other momentous milestone and a somewhat greater achievement is that Jason Plato will race his 500th round during the opening encounter on Sunday in a championship that has seen him become the most successful Touring Car driver in the history of the BTCC.  In total his BTCC career has amassed nearly two decades and with no fewer than 94 race wins. He also has two drivers’ titles to his name. 

Jason will be looking to add to his 209 podium finishes, 48 pole positions and 85 fastest laps along with his first win in the Subaru Levorg which is certainly high on the agenda.

Rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the 2016 BTCC season take place at Knockhill circuit on 13/14 August.  Live coverage of Sunday’s action will be shown on ITV4, itv.com and also in HD from 11:00 – 1815; with itv.com featuring live streaming online of Saturday’s qualifying session between 15:40 – 16:10.

The return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship was one filled with drama for the start of the second half of the series but it was one that brought fantastic results for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing with us accomplishing four of Subaru Levorg GT’s in the top ten.

Free Practice One was all about trying to get the right balance for the Subaru Levorg GT’s with the cars having not completed many miles during the annual Dunlop tyre test.  The session saw Colin Turkington once again dominate for the first of the two free practice sessions and topping the times, as the machines of Jason Plato, James Cole and Warren Scott all improved for the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing quartet into the second session of the day with Colin remaining the quickest of the four Subaru Levorg’s.

The afternoon’s qualifying session saw Honda’s Gordon Shedden secure his first pole position since Donington Park in 2014 with Colin setting the setting quickest Subaru time just 0.015s short, placing his Subaru Levorg GT on the front row.  However it was disappointing for Jason as he couldn’t get a clear run away from traffic on track and qualified in eleventh spot.  James qualified in the top half of the field with a thirteenth place as did Warren who still managed to set the fifteenth quickest time after an excursion off the track.
With huge crowds flocking into a sunny Snetterton on Sunday, the first of day’s three races got underway with all four cars getting a good clean getaway.  Shedden held the lead into the first corner with Colin hot on his heels in 2nd position, with Jason making fantastic progress up to seventh place, as James moved into eleventh and Warren up into twelth by the end of the opening lap. 

All four drivers held their positions for several laps and by lap eight Colin had almost glued his Levorg GT to the rear of Shedden’s Honda as the duo approached Palmer, when Colin pounced and took the lead of the race.  Warren and James gained a place each and moved up into tenth and eleventh after eight placed Josh Cook received a puncture in his MG.  Jason kept the pressure piled on the Toyota of Tom Ingram seeking any opportunity to pass.
Jason, Warren and James all gained another place each moving up to sixth, ninth and tenth after Sutton followed in Cook’s footsteps and also pitted with a puncture on lap ten placing all four of the Subaru Levorg GT’s up into the top ten.

After a near race long battle Jason made a stellar move on Ingram at Agostini placing him fifth and Colin extended his lead out in front and brought the car home to take the win for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing.  Jason came home in superb fifth place after a fantastic drive, Warren matching his career best of ninth and James placing the fourth car in tenth.  All of us at Silverline Subaru BMR Racing are absolutely delighted with our strongest result so far in 2016 and to have all four of the Silverline Subaru Levorg’s in the top ten for the first time.

There was disappointed at the start of race two as James Cole retired on the out lap with a broken drive shaft and had to abandon his stricken car between the Bomb Hole and Coram.  Moments later the lights went out all three made great starts, but Warren was spun after turn one as he took a hit from behind spinning him across the track.  However for once lady luck was on his side and the chasing pack all avoided further contact enabling him to continue albeit a lot further down the order than he had started.  Colin then ran wide at the newly named Wilson bend allowing the Ford Focus of Mat Jackson to nip up the inside and into the lead.  Jason also ran wide onto the grass dropping down a spot to sixth.

As the leaders headed down the Bentley Straight, Ollie Jackson in the Audi ran wide and made contact with Dan Welch kicking up a cloud of dust as the duo speared across the track.  Unfortunately several unsighted drivers including Sutton, Alex Martin and Hunter Abbott ploughed into the accident ahead of them which blocked the track bringing a red flag to the proceedings.  Thankfully although the cars were a bit worse for wear all of the drivers escaped without injury.  The marshals and officials then had the mammoth task of retrieving the damaged cars and repairing the barriers ready for a restart.
As there was less than a lap contested the grid would line up in the same order as they originally started throwing Colin a lifeline and back to pole position.  As the lights went out for the second time the remaining three Silverline Subaru BMR Racing drivers got off to a good starts as the mayhem unfolded behind him them once again as Mark Howard’s VW and Martin Depper’s Honda both going off the circuit.  With all three Subarus’s safely through the Ford Focus of Jackson on the softer tyres took the lead from Colin, with Jason and Warren holding station in fifth and ninth by the end of the opening lap.

When the pack arrived at Wilson on lap two, Colin escaped a nudge from Shedden’s Honda who subsequently received contact from the Mercedes of Adam Morgan creating a slight gap giving Colin a little breathing space for the remainder of the lap.  However the chain reaction of events caused the chasing pack to bunch up that held up Jason dropping him back down the order to seventh.  More contact ensued between Morgan and Shedden that allowed Jason to regain the advantage and into fifth.  Unfortunately it was Warren that was this time held up as he received contact from the Ford Focus of Andrew Jordan dropping him back down into eleventh, it was then elbows out as everyone sorted themselves out and into their solid positions.  Warren was then sent tumbling down the order to sixteenth by the end of the second lap. 

On lap three Collard, in his weight free BMW, took fifth place from Jason at Nelson.  The remaining three Silverline Subaru Levorg’s proceeded to hold onto their positions throughout the remainder of the race with Colin gaining his second podium of the day in a superb second place.  Jason come home in sixth with Warren just out of a point scoring position in sixteenth.

The luck of the reverse grid draw didn’t swing our way and the highest placed Subaru driver for race three would be Jason on the second row in third position as Sam Tordoff was awarded Pole Position in his BMW.  Colin would start in seventh, with Warren sixteenth as James joined the gird all the way down in in twenty seventh after the team made repairs to his car. 

With the officials hoping for an incident free race after the drama earlier on in the day unfortunately the worst was yet to come.  As the lights went out for what was set to be the final time of the day all the front runners made a clean getaway when disaster would strike for a second time. On the main straight as the cars towards the rear of the field went past the pit garages, contact was made between Howard and Martin forcing several cars to take to the grass in avoidance.  Luckily for us the last gap through was James, and as Hunter Abbot tried to sneak through he clipped the side of Howard’s VW that forced his Chevrolet into a violent series of rolls, whilst he was rolling an unsighted Ollie Jackson hit Abbott’s car mid roll pushing it up onto the barriers and into the ITV camera crew tower sending it and the camera man toppling in the process.  The race was immediately stopped and remarkably the cameraman had a very lucky escape as did all of the drivers involved in the incident.  The circuit officials then had a huge operation in front of them to clear the start line of the stricken cars and repair the barrier.

With the remaining cars re-joining the grid yet again in their original grid positions, pole position man Sam Tordoff was missing from the start line with a component failure creating a clear gap in front of Jason for the start.  The lights went out with Jason getting a great start off the line and a good run up on the inside on Ingram and into the lead by the first corner with Collard following him through into second position. Colin also had a good start making up two places and into fifth with Warren fifteenth and James twentieth by the end of the opening lap.  Jason however was struggling to hold onto the lead out in front allowing Collard to pass him on the inside at Williams as he defended from Jackson.  There was further disappointment on lap three when Jackson finally made the move stick on Jason sending him down the order to third and now under the attack from the Honda of Gordon Shedden with contact being made several times allowing the Scotsman to take the third place away by the start of lap four with Rob Austin also going through placing Jason in fifth with Colin now hot on his heels in sixth.  Warren also dropped down the order to seventeenth and James eighteenth, when disaster would strike for Jackson moving all four Levorg’s up a further place in the race.  For the remainder of the now ten lap race there were no further gains to be made with Jason being the lead Subaru in fourth place as Colin passed Jordan to finish sixth.  James brought the third Levorg GT home in nineteenth with Warren retiring with a boost leak on lap seven.

Colin remains the lead Silverline Subaru BMR Racing driver in the championship standings having moved up a staggering six places from eleventh to fifth and just 34 points adrift of new championship leader Rob Collard, with Jason eleventh and a further 29 points behind.  Warren took his first points of the 2016 season so far in twenty fourth and James right behind him in twenty fifth.

Silverline Subaru BMR Racing also picked up the Team Trophy for outscoring all the other teams over the weekend.

Racing resumes north of the border at Knockhill in Scotland on the weekend of 13/14 August.
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing driver quotes:
Colin Turkington commented:  “I’m extremely satisfied with another strong performance and claiming my third win of the season was definitely the highlight.  We thought that it could potentially be a tricky weekend for us, but all the summer test miles and hard work really paid off and that is incredibly rewarding.
“Coming from P2 to win in race one was a special moment and it was made even more significant as the whole team finished inside the top ten.  I gave it my all throughout the three races and despite some pretty scary moments I was able to take home a big haul of points. I’ve been looking forward to Knockhill for some time and my aim is to build on this momentum and see how far up the leader board we can climb.” 

Jason Plato commented:  "Snetterton produced another mega milestone for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing with all 4 cars finishing in the top ten, a truly fantastic reward for the team for all the hard work everyone has put into our Subaru project. 

“Personally Snetterton was a disappointment for me as we struggled to find the sweet spot on setup. We were close but not totally in the groove, I'm looking forward to making progress at Knockhill. 

“Huge congrats to Colin, he is certainly on a roll at the moment.”

James Cole commented:  “I was very happy with my performance over the Snetterton weekend. The two day tyre test certainly helped me get a deeper understanding of the Subaru Levorg. I am now starting to extract the last little bits, which has improved my pace. 
“Finishing P10 in race one should have been only the start of what looked to become a successful weekend. Saving my soft tyres for race two and the potential of a reverse grid upset for race three was certainly on the cards. Sadly a drive shaft failure on the warm up lap in race two put an end to my weekend early. 
“As much as the weekend ended in disappointment there is still so much potential to extract from the package we have. I'm very optimistic for the future and understand that first year cars have their issues from time to time. I'm prepared to endure some pain now and reap the rewards in the future!”

Warren Scott commented:  “I am very pleased with the team’s performance as a whole over the weekend and I am overjoyed with my own performance.  To qualify one second off pole position on a two second lap is something I’m delighted with.

“My first race went extremely well with my ninth place finish, I had a difficult start in race two and finished just outside the points and there was obvious disappointment in race three with having to retire but overall I am extremely pleased the move forward in my own personal speed. 

“Snetterton was great for the team and with Colin now lying fifth in the championship and us moving up the overall team’s order I am very much looking forward to an exciting to finish to the year.”

Written by Maddy Turner

Photo credits MJP Media
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing and our driving quartet of Jason Plato, Colin Turkington, Warren Scott and James Cole, have our sights set on a return to the podium next weekend (30-31 July), as the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) returns at Snetterton after the annual six-week summer break. 

During the lengthy sabbatical we made further developmental progress as the team headed to Norfolk for the two day Dunlop tyre test at Snetterton earlier this month. 

The first half of the season has been a challenge for us all at Silverline Subaru BMR Racing and we all can’t wait to get back out on track to continue our strive for success.  We are looking to add to the nine podiums already secured this season between Colin and Jason with particularly strong performances from the previous two rounds at Oulton Park and Croft.

Colin currently holds both the qualifying and race lap records around the Snetterton 300 circuit and the team enjoyed tremendous success in 2015 with a podium lock out in race 1.  The team visited the podium in all three races in addition to being awarded the Team Trophy.

We are all confident there are further gains to come from the all new Subaru Levorg GT at the next five rounds and we are looking forward to continuing our development with Subaru UK, Silverline Tools, Adrian Flux and our technical partners who are very much enjoying the journey with us.

Team Manager Alan Cole commented “Snetterton is going to be a tricky weekend for us with the new car but we are certainly looking forward to the challenge”.

Written by Maddy Turner
Photo Credits - Jakob Ebrey
Saturday mornings practice sessions showed that the cars had good pace with the lap times improving as the morning went on.  The afternoons qualifying session saw double BTCC champion Colin Turkington dominating from early on and gradually improving his times throughout the 30 minute shoot out and showing an outstanding performance being the fastest out of the four Subaru Levorg GT’s with a time of 1m23.608s.

This was Colin’s second consecutive British Touring Car Championship pole position start for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing, placing him in the hot seat for the opening race of the day for round 13 on Sunday.  There was disappointment for Warren as he fought hard to be the highest placed of the Subaru Levorg GT’s and ended up having a brief sideways off into the wall, however the car was repaired and he completed the remainder of the session.  James was also left deflated after setting an impressive time of 1m24.20s before having it disallowed for track limits.  Jason set the 4th quickest time but disappointingly his bid for pole position was hampered by a fuel surge problem that we are working on rectifying with TOCA.  Warren qualified in 21st and James in 25th with a gap of just 1.4 seconds between the quartet.            

The opening encounter on Sunday brought a historical 1-2 finish for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing, during a race that was plagued with incidents and three safety car periods.  Starting from pole position Colin had a great start with 2nd place starter Daniel Lloyd attempting a move around the outside of the circuit into the first corner, however Lloyd turned in too early and across the nose of Colin that resulted in contact with the front of the Subaru which subsequently sent the Honda into the tyre wall.  Thankfully Colin escaped without damage and retained his lead. The incident also caught up a number of other cars and brought a safety car to the proceedings.  Jason had an equally impressive start to the race moving to the inside line and tucking up behind Colin and settling in 2nd place. 

When racing resumed on lap 3, Colin held off Jason with both cars setting superb lap times, with the fastest of the race set by Colin on lap 5.  By lap 8 there was a second safety car period after Mark Howard lost control into the first corner and went hard into the tyre wall.  With Warren running in 18th and James in 23rd racing resumed on lap 10, but it was short lived after Kelvin Fletcher first tagged Dan Welch at the hairpin, that resulted in Fletcher spearing James off on the outside of the track ripping the wheel and suspension off the rear of his Levorg and putting an end to his race.
The third safety car period began on lap 13 to retrieve the stricken Mercedes of Aiden Moffatt.  The safety car came in at the end of lap 16 so Colin did all he could to make a break from the now bunched up chasing pack and led home the Subaru’s for a 1-2 finish with a gap of 1.3 seconds to Jason.  Warren came home in 16th place and just one place short of a point scoring position.  

A delighted Colin collected the winner’s trophy for the 38th time in his BTCC career and a second time for us at Silverline Subaru BMR Racing.  An ecstatic Paul Tunniciffe, Managing Director of Subaru UK, also took to the podium for the second time in 2016 to collect the winning manufacturer trophy for Subaru UK.  

Following on from the superb results from the opening race, Colin would be lining up on Pole Position once again albeit with an extra 75kgs of success ballast on board, with Jason alongside him on the front row with 66kgs.  Warren would start from 16th with James having plenty of work to do from 26th after the team did a stellar job repairing the rear of his Subaru Levorg GT.

As the lights went out it was Jason who got off to a flyer and shot into first place as Colin tucked in neatly behind him in 2nd.  Further down the field the usual first corner mayhem struck again and once again James was forced off the circuit and into the gravel trap that resulted in yet another short safety car period for the next lap. 

Jason set the fastest lap on the restart at the end of lap 3, and led by six tenths of a second before Colin retook the lead on Lap 5.  With the rear wheel drive BMW’s of Jack Goff and Rob Collard looming ever nearer and hot on our tails, the pressure was on and with our Silverline Subaru BMR Racing drivers having a ‘free to race, no team orders policy’ the battle continued for the lead until lap 8 when Jason went for a gap in an attempt to pass up the inside of Colin at Tower but the two cars made contact sending Colin sideways, which in turn slowed up Jason and Goff, allowing Collard through from fourth to take the lead forcing Jason back into 2nd and Colin into 3rd.  Warren was running in 19th until contact on lap 12 sent him into a spin at Hawthorn, however he managed to re-join the race before further contact from Kelvin Fletcher caused yet another spin on lap 15.  Jason doubled up with another podium in 2nd with Colin right behind him in 3rd. Warren finished the race in 26th place in his rather battle scarred Levorg.

The reverse grid draw selection was made by Team BMR guest and 23 times Isle of Man TT Champion John McGuinness.  Number 8 was pulled out of the bag placing Sam Tordoff on Pole Position.  Colin would be the highest placed Subaru in 6th, with Jason in 7th.  Warren would take his finishing position from race two placing him 26th with James at the back of the grid in 32nd after his non finish.

As the cars took to the grid the rain started to fall, and with it only being light the stewards hadn’t called a wet race so it was up to the teams to choose which tyres to run, so a few took a big gamble and ran on slick tyres.  However all four Subaru Levorg pilots elected for wets and it soon became apparent that was the right choice as the heavens opened early on in the race. 

Once again all four made a great start, but unfortunately it was Warren this time that was forced wide and into the gravel trap on turn one bringing an early safety car.  Colin had made his way up to 4th, as Jason lost a few places and sat in 11th. James remained at the tail of the field having not made any advantage thus far.

When racing resumed on Lap 3 Colin found a way past the BMW of Goff around the outside moving up to 3rd.  With Jackson on slicks he and Moffatt made contact on lap 5 the safety car was deployed once more whilst Moffatts Mercedes was lifted to safety.   At the end of lap 9 Ash Sutton made a move in the MG making contact with Colin which then gave an advantage to the BMW of Collard and forcing Colin back into 5th place.   

The safety car was deployed once again between lap 14  and lap 17 to retrieve the car of Hunter Abbott after contact with Jeff Smith bunching up the field once again.  The last two laps would be a sprint to the line with Colin finishing in a great point scoring position of 7th, Jason 10th and James 21st. Rookie Sutton took the win, the first of his BTCC career.

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship now takes it annual summer break and reconvenes at the testing twists and turns of Norfolk’s Snetterton Circuit in six weeks’ time over the weekend of the 30th and 31st of July.

In the meantime Jason Plato will be attempting the Hill Climb at Goodwood this week with Colin Turkington’s’ car on display at the Subaru UK stand.
Quotes from the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing drivers:
Warren Scott  – “Once again I am absolutely over the moon with the results for the team over the weekend, I think it really shows how far the guys have brought the Levorg’s on.  We’ve still got a lot to do in the second half of the season but we’re feeling very confident with the challenge that lies ahead.”

Jason Plato - “Another great weekend for us, we are making great progress with the Subaru Levorg. To be as competitive as we are at this early stage in the cars development is very exciting as we know there is still so much more performance to unlock.   Race one was another historic milestone for the team with our first one-two, it was a shame that Colin didn't see my move for the lead in race two as I'm sure we would have had produced another one-two.   The wet race three was a learning curve for me as it was my first wet race in a rear wheel drive touring car. After the first few laps I recalibrated my driving style and was thereafter setting fastest laps.  I can't wait for Snetterton to come, I really believe the second half of the season will belong to us.  Huge thanks to everyone in the team, our success is a result of their huge efforts. Cheers boy’s n girls.”

Colin Turkington - “I'm really pleased to continue my race winning form at Croft and make further strides with the development of the Subaru Levorg.  We did the hard work on Saturday claiming another pole position and that helped set me up for a good race day. Wins don't come easy in the BTCC and I had to work really hard for this one, especially with three safety car periods.  Croft was a track that played to our strengths, but it was still an amazing job by the team to turn up and deliver the results that everyone expected.  Two podiums in any race weekend is a good return and overall I'm happy to walk away with a good haul of points and another victory."
James Cole - “I received a tweet on Sunday night from a Subaru fan, saying ‘If James didn’t have bad luck he’d have no luck at all…’ couldn’t have summed it up better myself.  It’s amazing how your weekend can be shaped by one decision.  From being seventh in qualifying with a minute to go to twenty fifth sixty seconds later because of a judicial decision is a tough pill to swallow.  My aim for Croft was to qualify solidly inside the top ten and get three solid results, which would have been a great step forward from Oulton Park.  The positives to take out of the weekend are we achieved our aim only to get it taken away.  With the championship being as competitive as it is, it was always a tough ask to carve through the field, even with a proven place.”

To learn more about the Subaru Levorg sport tourer, visit www.subaru.co.uk
Written by Maddy Turner

Photo credits MJP Photography
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing striving for continued success at Croft
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing’s Colin Turkington, Jason Plato, Warren Scott and James Cole have their sights set on further success as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads north for rounds 13, 14 and 15 at the Croft circuit this weekend (18/19 June).

With outstanding results from Oulton Park with the team taking their maiden win and a podium hat trick, the team are oozing with confidence after considerable strides forward were made with the teams Subaru Levorg GT.  All four cars will start the weekend ballast free as they currently sit outside the top ten in the championship.

Since the BTCC’s maiden visit to Croft in 1997, our very own double BTCC champions Colin Turkington and Jason Plato have enjoyed success at the Yorkshire track by amassing a combined 14 wins and countless podiums.  Colin also holds the current qualifying and race lap record set in 2014.
Off the back of their most successful meeting yet for 2016 the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing team are full of confidence that the Levorg will hit the ground running this weekend at the mid-season point of the championship.

Qualifying will be streamed live on the ITV website from 4.00pm this Saturday whilst live coverage of Sunday’s events will be shown live on ITV4 from 10.55am

Quotes from the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing drivers pre-Croft:

Colin Turkington: “I’ve found great success in recent BTCC years at Croft and I look forward to it every year.  It’s always the last event before the halfway point and it’s a good opportunity to make your intent known to the rest of the pack.  Following on from our success at Oulton I will certainly arrive at Croft aiming high and it’s important to capitalise when we have no success ballast.  I’ve got some wind in my sails at the moment and I don’t intend on taking my eye off the ball.”

Jason Plato: “I’m really looking forward to Croft, the Subaru Levorg came alive at Oulton Park and we are excited at the prospect of continuing where we left off.  If all goes well, I expect us to be challenging  for podium places.”

James Cole: “The Subaru Levorg should really suit the Croft circuit.  It’s very much a RWD circuit and I believe we have the best RWD on the grid.  Oulton Park was a great weekend for BMR and we are very much hoping for the same again.  Every mile I have in the car I improve and I’m hoping we see all four Subaru’s far up the grid this weekend.”

Warren Scott: “Having had the weekend we had at Oulton Park the team are really looking forward to Croft and we head there feeling confident that we can challenge towards the front.  The circuit should suit the Levorg and with the cars now showing good pace we are all hoping for another great weekend.”

Written by Maddy Turner

Photo credits:  MJP Media
After three previously challenging weekends in the opening rounds of the BTCC series, the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing team made some changes to the chassis and engine after withdrawing from the proceedings at Thruxton.  A two day test followed in Wales to ensure that the gremlins were put to bed before travelling to Oulton Park.  Speaking of the test Team Manager Alan Cole commented “Recent progress was made with the chassis and engine after a two day test at Pembrey.  We would like to thank Mountune who have put in a huge effort to produce a competitive engine in such a short space of time.”

The Silverline Subaru BMR Racing team then backed that up when they entered the history books at Oulton Park at the weekend with Double Champion Colin Turkington scoring the team’s first Subaru win in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

With all four cars having shown good pace in the two Saturday morning free practice sessions, the team went into the afternoons qualifying session feeling confident of a good result.  Colin Turkington delivered the goods producing a blistering 1m:26.264s lap around the 2.26 mile Cheshire circuit, setting the team’s first Silverline Subaru pole position.  Jason was running in 2nd place for the first part of the session and eventually qualified in an impressive 6th with a time of 1m:26.366s.  James set the 18th quickest time with Warren qualifying in 23rd and just 1.025s adrift of Colin’s benchmark time.

For the opening race of the weekend Colin made a great start from pole position fighting off challenges from Sam Tordoff in the BMW during the opening stages, before stretching his lead with a lights to flag victory and making it the team’s first ever win in the Subaru Levorg GT sports tourer.  Jason endured a great battle with Honda’s Gordon Shedden after finally making the move on lap 12 and placing him in 3rd position, making it a double podium for the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing team.  Warren and James both drove a great race and finished in 17th and 18th respectively.  The team were also handed the manufacturer win that was greatly received by the Managing Director of Subaru UK Paul Tunnicliffe.

For race two all four drivers would start in their finishing positions from the opener.  With Colin back on pole and Jason set to line up in 3rd, both drivers made a great start but Tordoff immediately took the lead leaving Colin and Jason battling for 2nd.  Colin held off Jason and took the place ahead of his team mate in 3rd, making it another outstanding double podium with celebrations all round for the team.  Warren brought his car home in 19th as James retired from the race after suffering a hit from behind causing him braking issues.

The reverse grid for Race 3 would see Honda’s Matt Neal drawn on pole position with Jason set to line up in 5th, Colin 7th, Warren 18th and James 31st.  The 15 lap final shoot out was a great end to the day with an exciting battle for 3rd position between several competitors including Jason and Colin, which lingered throughout the entire race.  A last gasp opportunity at Lodge corner would see Jason passing around the outside of several drivers that produced a hat-trick of third place finishes.  Colin held onto a fantastic 7th place as both James and Warren pitted dropping them both down the order and as the flag fell Warren crossed the line in 24th with James retiring in pit-lane.

Silverline Subaru BMR Racing were awarded the Team Trophy for the weekend.

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship now moves on to Croft in Yorkshire in two weeks’ time (18th & 19th June).

Paul Tunnicliffe Managing Director of Subaru UK commented “After the disappointment of Thruxton this result tasted very sweet indeed.  We always had faith in the car, the team and drivers, and knew that this day was bound to come.  With scope for more development, we are confident that this will be no flash in the pan.”

Warren Scott commented “Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Subaru UK, Jason, Colin, James and everyone in the team at Silverline Subaru BMR Racing along with all of our sponsors for getting us here.  I am very proud of everyone involved in the project and everyone should remember that these cars are only six months old and we have just won our first race.  We are all absolutely delighted”. 

Colin Turkington commented “Oulton Park was the moment we’ve all been waiting on and worked so hard for.  The true potential of the Subaru Levorg finally came to the fore and it was a weekend none of us will forget in a hurry.  I’m so pleased for everyone involved and I hope in some small way this repays the incredible efforts over the past five months.   It was a special feeling to make history and deliver the maiden win for Subaru in the BTCC and in truth it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.  I can’t imagine anyone expected such rapid progress, but we knew it was only a matter of time.  It’s even more encouraging to see the cars run so well with success ballast after race one and we’re even more convinced the Subaru Levorg will become a real championship challenger.”

Jason Plato Commented “What a fantastic weekend for everyone at Silverline Subaru BMR Racing.  We should be enormously proud of our successes at Oulton Park.  We really have arrived in some style.  The future is very bright for us all and I can’t wait to get back in the car for Croft."

James Cole CommentedIs it Croft yet!!??  I cannot wait to get back in this fantastic car and tackle the next circuit.  A massive congratulations to Colin, Jason and the rest of the Subaru Silverline BMR Racing team on such an amazing weekend.  Sadly for myself the cards didn’t fall for me like I’d hoped.  Oulton Park is a circuit I know well and really expected better.  A few issues pre-qualifying put our car on the back foot going into qualifying, which in reality at the moment effected my whole weekend.  We have a fantastic car, we just need to make it a little faster in race pace; if we can do this we will be such a force to be reckoned with….. So, is it Croft yet!!??”

Written by Maddy Turner
Photo Credits to MJP Media

To learn more about the Subaru Levorg sport tourer, visit www.subaru.co.uk
Thruxton Press Release Sunday 8th May 2016

It is with great disappointment that Silverline Subaru BMR Racing are withdrawing from rounds 7, 8 and 9 today at Thruxton on safety grounds.

Following an incident with James Cole at Donington where there was a failure of the high pressure fuel rail there was a re-designed and re-manufactured component fitted to all cars for the Thruxton event. Following a review of the new design post qualifying the new part has shown signs of fatigue that left unchecked could lead to failure.

We have investigated all avenues available to us overnight and this morning however the engineering team have taken the decision to withdraw the cars as none of the solutions available are able to be durability tested prior to competing on circuit.

We are obviously disappointed with the outcome however in this situation the risk to the drivers, other competitors and circuit officials is not acceptable so the correct decision is to retire the cars for the remainder of the event.
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing endured a challenging weekend at Donington Park for rounds 4, 5 and 6 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
With the very small time frame between Brands Hatch and Donington Park, the team were once again remaining realistic about using the opportunity to focus on developing the cars during the weekend to make as much progress as possible with the new Subaru Levorg GT sports tourers.  With the cars having had very little time out on track, each session is being used to learn about the cars to make improvements in a bid to find the right set up to ensure that we move forward to produce the best package possible.
Saturday’s qualifying session looked to be a tricky one with a constant change in weather and subsequent track conditions.  Colin set the quickest time out of the Subaru Levorg drivers setting the 11th fastest overall lap time of 1:14.160 followed by Warren in 16th, James 17th and Jason 18th.
Race 1 saw Warren involved in an incident with Ollie Jackson at Redgate, which fired them both into the gravel, with the race coming to a dramatic end for the team after it was eventually red flagged following James’ Subaru Levorg catching fire as one of the fuel ancillary systems failed.  James escaped without injury with the assistance of the marshals and fire crew, but unfortunately the car sustained a great deal of damage putting an end to James’ weekend.  Colin was once again the quickest driver of the quartet finishing in 10th position and scoring points for the team with Jason just out of the point scoring zone in 17th.  Warren was able to return to track after his earlier excursion and ended the race in 25th place.  Mat Jackson was handed the win ahead of Josh Cook and Tom Ingram.
Race 2 commenced with the drivers lining up in the positions that they finished the previous race and with Colin being 10th on the grid he was in for a chance of another top ten position.   Despite making a great start, unfortunately Colin sustained contact on his right rear causing a puncture and sending him into the gravel.  Warren finished 19th ahead of Jason in 20th.  The race was won by Rob Collard with Aron Smith and Gordon Shedden completing the podium.
For Race 3 Warren and Jason both started on row 10 of the grid in 19th and 20th positions with Colin starting all the way down in 27th due to his earlier non finish.  Despite his starting position, Colin progressed through the field from the back of the grid making up an impressive nine places and finishing in 18th place, just behind  Jason in 16th.  Unfortunately Warren retired from the race upon instruction from his pit crew following the same component failure that was seen on James’ car in race 1.  Matt Neal took the honours from Gordon Shedden and Sam Tordoff.

Photo credits:  Jakob Ebrey

Jason Plato said:  “Donington proved to be very productive for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing. We continue to gain valuable insight into the development of the team’s Subaru Levorg's. We achieved a great deal this weekend, which will accelerate our performance on track in the coming weeks. We know the areas we need to improve upon and are working flat out to find solutions. 
“I'm still confident that our target of challenging for podiums will arrive before mid-season. 
“Everybody at Silverline Subaru BMR Racing is up for the challenge and is feeling a certain degree of inner calm that success is just around the corner.”
Colin Turkington said:  “We walk away from Donington with a few more grey hairs, but with an abundance of information and a deeper understanding of the Subaru Levorg.  Changeable conditions on Saturday provided a new set of challenges, but we coped remarkably well and my confidence with the car is growing all the time. 
“Having only completed a shakedown run with the cars since the last event, I was happy to once again qualify just outside the top 10.  I enjoyed a typical BTCC battle in Race 1 and it was pleasing to bring the car home in 10th position and score a few more championship points. An early puncture ruined any chances of advancing in Race 2 but again in Race 3 I was able to show the strengths of the car and progress through the field.  
“It's onwards and upwards from here and I'm already looking forward to getting back in the car at Thruxton. We know there is work to do to close the gap to the front runners, but we have the people, skills and experience to make that happen.”

James Cole said:  “I came away from Donington with only positive thoughts about the future with Team BMR and the Subaru Levorg.
Despite our little problem on Sunday we are starting to see the cars’ potential - this process just takes time.
“Saturday was a very productive day for the team and me, I enjoyed the mixed conditions of qualifying, and making the decision very early to go from wet tyres to dry tyres on a damp track really showed the cars handling strengths. It filled me with a lot of hope for the coming rounds.
“I’m thankful to walk away with just a few singed hairs after a scary race one.”

Warren Scott said:  We are pleased with the information that we are getting from the cars despite it being a tricky weekend and only two weeks after the launch of the Subaru Levorg’s, and I am confident that we are showing signs of real improvement. 
“The general reliability of the cars is very good and the future looks impressive for all of the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing drivers.  We look forward to improving on the issues found to get the cars closer to the front of the grid.”
 Alan Cole, Team Manager said:  “We learned some valuable lessons at Donington Park and the team did a great job despite it being a tough weekend.  We will continue to improve the car as much as possible before Thruxton where we meet in just over two weeks time.”

Rounds 7, 8 and 9 of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will take place at Thruxton in Hampshire on 7/8 May.
To learn more about the Subaru Levorg sport tourer, visit www.subaru.co.uk.

Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Announce HRX As Official Partner for 2016

Silverline Subaru BMR Racing are pleased to announce that for a second year in a row we are partnered with HRX to supply us with custom made driver race suits for our BTCC drivers Warren Scott, Colin Turkington and James Cole.

The association has also been tied in with drivers of both BKR Racing and MG Racing RCIB Insurance for 2016.

HRX have accommodated the teams needs within a very short timeframe and flew the suits into London Stansted from Italy the night before our official launch day at Donington Park to ensure that the drivers had them in time.

Torq Racewear is the home of HRX Racewear in the UK.  Offering a range of custom suits to cater for all budgets in Club, National and International Motorsport, HRX provide an outstanding friendly and professional service and the partnership is one that Silverline Subaru BMR Racing are extremely proud to be part of.

For more information please visit www.torq-racewear.com
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Announce MOMO UK As Official Technical Partner

Silverline Subaru BMR Racing are delighted to announce that MOMO UK have been appointed as the official steering wheel partner for the Subaru Levorg Sports Tourers being campaigned in the British Touring Car Championship.
The team run by Warren Scott made an exciting start to the season with the new cars achieving race finishes with point scoring positions on their first outing at the opening round, which is made even more impressive by the fact all 4 cars were built in only 87 days!
On completion of the technical partnership, Warren said “I am very pleased to have MOMO UK on board as a technical partner. The BMR drivers have used MOMO steering wheels in the past and both Jason and I love the more traditional round steering wheel so it made perfect sense to remain with something that we feel comfortable with. Both Colin and James requested to use a modern flat bottomed design with ergonomic thumb grips as this is something that they have experienced with their rear wheel drive history”.
With the next round of the series taking place at Donington Park this coming weekend, Silverline Subaru BMR Racing are feeling confident about pushing the cars further up the grid with the assistance of MOMO UK helping to steer them to glory.
Subaru Silverline BMR Racing Makes Great Debut On Opening BTCC Rounds
Subaru Silverline BMR Racing left Brands Hatch on a high on Sunday evening following rounds 1, 2 and 3 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Having achieved the mammoth task of building the four new Subaru Levorg GT sport tourers in just 87 days, we arrived at the circuit having only completed a very short shakedown session on one of the machines and were entering the unknown on Saturday morning with the weekend being utilised to develop the cars.
The plan for the free practice sessions on Saturday was to run all four cars on different set ups to gather as much information as possible in order to obtain valuable data to put us in the best possible position for qualifying later on in the afternoon.
The whole team were pleased with the overall qualifying results with Colin Turkington achieving the highest placed position out of the four drivers after a monumental effort, with just 30 seconds remaining on the clock, he shot up the order to an outstanding 11th place.  Jason Plato, Warren Scott and James Cole were all close together qualifying 23rd, 27th and 29th.
The team continued with their preparation schedule working late into the night in order to be fully prepared for the challenge that awaited them on the first race day of the 2016 season the following morning. 
As dawn broke an excited Brands Hatch crowd filled the Kent venue on Sunday morning for the opening race of the year. 
With all four cars ready to start the race Warren incurred damage to a development part on the green flag lap which again proved to the team that this first weekend was more about learning the cars rather than pushing it to the max and grabbing points.
Colin gained damage from contact with a fellow competitor at Graham Hill bend early on in the race and was subsequently forced to come in for repairs. The decision was taken to retire the car from the race to ensure that everyone had plenty of time to have the number 4 machine fixed and ready for Race 2 later in the afternoon.  Both Jason and James completed the race, albeit some way down the order, with Jason finishing in 21st and James in 25th. The race was won by Speedworks Tom Ingram as the two Halfords Yuasa team mates completed the other podium positions.
For Race 2 the drivers lined up on the grid in the order that they finished the opening race, placing Jason 23rd and James 25th. Both Colin and Warren’s car repairs were complete and they would line up in 26th and 32nd.  
All four got off to a great start, however Colin was caught out in the latter stages of the race along with a whole host of other drivers when oil was spilt onto the circuit at Graham Hill bend dropping him back down the order.  
Jason was the highest placed Subaru Levorg making up ten positions in the race to an impressive 13th place and a point scoring position with James in 19th, Colin 20th and Warren in 21st.  
The second race of the day showed that the car had made real progress as Jason attained the 2nd fastest lap time of the race.  Gordon Shedden took the victory with fellow team mate Matt Neal following in 2nd with Aron Smith taking the 3rd spot on the podium and taking a maiden independent win for new to the series Team BKR.
Race 3 brought a fantastic end to the day for the team with Colin scoring points and bringing his Subaru Levorg home in 12th place. Jason finished in 16th with James 18th and Warren in 19th place. It was great to see all four cars running competitively and all gaining ground from their starting positions.
Everyone here at Subaru Silverline BMR Racing are pleased with the progress of the Subaru Levorgs during their first weekend of racing and we now look forward to Donington Park in just two weeks’ time, where we will be aiming to further develop the four machines.
Colin Turkington said:  “Brands Hatch was a real success in my eyes. I was able to qualify just outside the top ten, make progress through the field in all three races, constantly improve lap times and score a handful of points.  The car has come out of the box incredibly strong but not by chance.  The work done by Subaru Silverline BMR Racing has been nothing short of exceptional.  I really enjoyed driving the Levorg and am expecting great success to come our way.”

Jason Plato said:  “What a weekend… what a debut for Subaru Silverline BMR Racing! Our plan was to shoot for reliability, collect data, develop the car but most of all to finish races. To score points on our debut was the icing on the cake for the monumental effort that everyone at the team has put in since December. We can take great positives from the weekend, we even witnessed a glimpse of real pace at this early stage of development in the Levorg as I posted the second fastest lap in Race 2 which was only just over 1 tenth of a second off the fastest lap.  
“We should be so so proud. A huge thank you to everyone that has helped in the birth of our baby! Special mentions also should go to our partners Subaru, Silverline Tools and Adrian Flux Insurance, without their support none of this could happen. I would also like to personally thank Warren Scott for his total support and vision. BTCC Championship Trophy….. We’re coming to get you!"
James Cole said:  “Now having time to reflect on a manic 1st weekend of the BTCC my main feelings are of pride for Subaru Silverline BMR Racing and excitement for the year ahead. Such a massive achievement by the whole team to design and build 4 cars in such a short amount of time and have all 4 running almost faultlessly is nothing short of amazing.
“For myself jumping back into a RWD I automatically felt straight at home, I wish it was Donington Park tomorrow!! We can all see the potential in the Subaru Levorg and can see the team moving further up the grid in no time!”
Warren Scott said:  “I am extremely proud of each and every team member at Subaru Silverline BMR Racing with what we have achieved this weekend.  The team has worked incredibly hard with very little sleep over the last few weeks and they’ve all pulled together to produce an incredible package. 
“We have made some progress this weekend and other than my car having a small mechanical issue with a development part in the first race, the cars have proved to be reliable and we’ve had the added bonus of scoring some points which we didn’t expect to happen in the opening rounds.”
Rounds 4, 5 and 6 of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will take place at Donington Park on 16/17 April.
To learn more about the Subaru Levorg sport tourer, visit www.subaru.co.uk.
BMR Expands Renault UK Clio Cup Campaign

Team BMR are pleased to announce their latest recruits to join the ranks in the Renault UK Clio Cup in the form of Mike Bushell and Josh Price.  Team Pyro drivers Mike and Josh will join fellow team mate Senna Proctor carrying the Team BMR logos, along with the RCIB Insurance Racing brand during their 2016 campaigns.
With the Clio Cup grid shaping up to be one of the most competitive in recent years, competition will be tough, but with two recent big announcements in the past week, the BMR drivers are feeling confident heading into this weekend’s opening rounds of the 2016 season.
Team BMR owner and BTCC driver Warren Scott commented “I am delighted to add two new rising stars to the BMR family with the support of Mike Joseph of RCIB Insurance, and everyone at BMR is really looking forward to watching their journey in what looks to be a very exciting season of the Renault UK Clio Cup”.
After a season competing in the British Touring Car Championship Mike Bushell announced his return to the Clio Cup grid earlier this year.  Mike commented “It's great to be approached by Warren and Team BMR, I had made an early decision to move back to the Clio Cup after having a turbulent season in the BTCC and was left unsure of whether I would have a future in BTCC.

With an opportunity like this, I'm hungrier than ever to win and reward their faith in me and achieve some great results for Team BMR"

Josh Price added “It's a real honour to be approached by Warren and Team BMR to be a part of their junior programme and hopefully this is a stepping stone towards my goal of competing in the BTCC. To be representing RCIB Insurance Racing is also a huge boost for me as they have a huge presence in the UK motorsport scene these days"
Price’s Manager, former Team BMR BTCC driver and 2012 Clio Cup Champion Jack Goff commented "I have been looking after Josh since he moved out of karting and into car racing. Following his first day in the Clio I could tell he has a natural talent and feel for what the car is doing underneath him. His karting record speaks for itself, but I feel that 2016 could be the year that he cements his name in the saloon car ranks. With my connections at BMR and RCIB Insurance from my past years with them, it's nice to be able to now help out Josh in his early years in car racing and it will be good to still be working alongside Mike Joseph at RCIB who has helped me massively over the years". 
The 2016 season is significant in UK Clio Cup history as it marks 25 years since the championship was founded in 1991. 
The season commences this coming weekend (Sat 2/Sun 3 April) for the start of its 2016 season at Kent’s world-famous Brands Hatch circuit in front of a bumper Dunlop British Touring Car Championship crowd.
BMR Subaru Levorg
Team BMR reveal the car design of the BMR Subaru Levorg 

James Cole To Complete BMR Squad
James Cole will join Team BMR for the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship to complete the line-up of the Subaru UK manufacturer team for the forthcoming season.

James will be behind the wheel of the fourth new Subaru Levorg Sports Tourer in what will be his fourth season in the BTCC.  The former British Formula Ford Champion will make his switch from Motorbase Performance where he competed in the second half of the season with the team after they joined the grid at Snetterton in August..

The Liverpool based driver joins the Team BMR line up alongside his three team mates Colin Turkington, Jason Plato and Team Principle Warren Scott.

A delighted Warren Scott commented “It’s great to welcome James to the team and I look forward to seeing how well he does in the Subaru Levorg.  He has lots of experience to bring to the BMR team and I believe this is the right time and place for him to showcase his ability.”

James Racing career began in 2007 competing in the BRSCC North West Formula Ford championship where he took the title, before progressing to the main championship in 2008 where he finished in tenth.

He went on to win the British Formula Ford championship title in 2009 and was nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.  After graduating to the British Formula 3 and then Formula 2, James made his BTCC debut in 2013.

Speaking of his new team James stated "I’m very excited to be joining Warren and the talented team of people he has brought together at BMR. I’ve still got loads to learn in BTCC and I couldn’t be in a better place to do that alongside Carl & Kevin, my engineer Richard Owen, and two of the best BTCC drivers, Jason and Colin. My previous successes came in rear wheel drive so I believe a big step forward can be made this year. I would also like to thank Warren for this great opportunity, I intend to make the most of it.”

Team Manager Alan Cole added “I am pleased to welcome James to the team, I look forward to adding his rear wheel drive experience to our new project and I am expecting good things for the season as he learns from his team mates.”

The team continue the task of having the new Subaru Levorg’s built and ready to reveal at the official BTCC Season Launch to be held at Donington Park on Tuesday 22nd March.
Proctor Returns to BMR for Clio Cup Campaign
Team BMR are excited to announce former Ginetta Junior star Senna Proctor will return to Team BMR in association with Team Pyro to compete in the 2016 Renault UK Clio Cup Championship.

The 17 year old competed in the Ginetta Junior series in 2015 driving under the Team BMR banner, under the supervision of Team Owner and BTCC driver Warren Scott, in a bid to bring young British drivers through the TOCA support packages with a view to them progressing up the ladder.  Warren commented “I am delighted that Senna is with us again this year and I’m really looking forward to another exciting season of the Renault UK Clio Cup.  The team at Pyro did an outstanding job looking after Ashley Sutton in the Clio last year so I’m confident that between us we are capable of growing another champion in 2016.”

The next gradual step for Senna was to progress through to the Clio Cup having just missed out on the Ginetta Junior title last year after initially being crowned Champion at the final race at Brands Hatch GP circuit last October only to have the crown taken away from him when the race result was amended after a fellow competitor received a time penalty for a jump start.  “I was very honoured to drive for BMR last year in my 2nd season in Ginetta Juniors, but for them to extend their deal with me for the next couple of years is fantastic news & a huge boost to my career as they guide me towards the BTCC Championship, it is an honour to race for such an incredible team & I’m looking forward to working with championship winning team, Team Pyro‘’ said Senna.

Senna has signed to pilot a race spec version of the Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy and will be run by Team Pyro on what is expected to be a full grid again this year.  Pyro boss Mark Hunt said “We have a two year plan for Senna to become Clio Cup Champion and from his performances’ in the junior TOCA support series I see this being possible.  We will start with an intensive test programme and would like to hit the ground running come Brands in April.  It helps that we are starting with a racer that understands the TOCA paddock and also has a sensible but sharp head on his shoulders.”

2016’s Renault UK Clio Cup are looking to build on an exceptional 2015 for the championship which celebrated its biggest grid sizes in two years and concluded with arguably the most dramatic title finale in its history with Team BMR/Pyro Driver Ashley Sutton taking the victory.

All 18 of the Clip Cup’s races will again take place at the high-profile Dunlop British Touring Car Championship’s events in 2016, meaning it’s drivers, teams and sponsors continue to enjoy unrivalled levels of exposure with huge trackside crowds and live TV coverage on ITV4.

2016’s Renault Clio Cup season launch will be held at Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire on Wednesday 23rdMarch.
Mountune Chosen as 2016 Team BMR Official Engine Partner
Team BMR are pleased to confirm that Mountune have been chosen as the exclusive engine partner to develop and build the teams engines for the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign.

Following the announcement earlier this week that the team will enter as a constructor team with Subaru UK and Ireland, the new Subaru Levorg will feature the Subaru Boxer engine which will be developed and built as a two-litre, direct injection, turbocharged engine.

Kevin Berry, Chief Engineer of Team BMR commented “Having looked at all the options available to us for 2016 I am excited that Mountune are on board to develop and build our engine for this project.  With the extensive experience that Mountune have in the BTCC and NGTC regulations, I am extremely confident that Mountune have the expertise and ability to produce a great race engine from this unique Subaru base”.

David Mountain, Technical Director of Mountune Racing commented “We are thrilled to have been chosen to build the engines for BMR’s 2016 championship campaign, and very happy to be partnered with a manufacturer team.” said Mountain.  “The development team here at mountune will be working around the clock getting the four Boxer engines ready for pre-season testing and are all looking forward to seeing them perform out on track during this years championship.”

Mountune have a successful history of 35 years in the motor sport industry and with the hugely experienced members of the team, based at their headquarters in Hertfordshire, we expect it to be a very exciting season.

Warren Scott, Team Principle of Team BMR concluded “I am very pleased and excited to be working with Mountune on the development of the engine and I’m positive that with the very small time frame that we are faced with they will produce a great engine in time for the Official BTCC Media Day on 22nd March at Donington Park”.

All of us at Team BMR are delighted with the response to our exciting news.  Thank you for all of the messages, emails and phone calls of the support that we have received this week, we can’t wait for the season to begin.
Team BMR Enters 2016 British Touring Car Championship with Subaru Levorg
Team BMR will carry the Subaru badge as it enters as a constructor team from 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.  Team BMR will join the grid and the fight for the Manufacturers/Constructors title this year, bringing in Subaru as a brand new manufacturer to the championship and going head to head with Honda, MG and BMW.

Speaking of the new partnership, Team Principle Warren Scott enthused "I am extremely delighted that BMR are to become a manufacturer team in only our 4th year of competing in the BTCC, I have had aspirations of becoming a race winning team with factory support from the very beginning and I am immensely proud of the team for giving Subaru the confidence in partnering BMR".

Team BMR will be switching to the new Subaru Levorg Sports Tourer for the 2016 BTCC season and will be developing the car and engine, supported by the global resources of Subaru and Subaru UK.

Paul Tunnicliffe, Managing Director for Subaru UK & Ireland said “We’re very excited to have teamed up with BMR for the 2016 championship, the first time a Subaru has competed in BTCC. We were keen to enter our new Levorg Sport Tourer as it offers class leading aerodynamics and handling prowess in standard form. It can be easily developed into rear-wheel drive to comply with the BTCC regulations so we can’t wait to see how it goes against very established competition”.

For Subaru it will be their first step into The British Touring Car Championship with the current Independent Teams Champions for at least the next 3 year term, reflecting its current brand promise, ‘proudly retaining the unstoppable drive to lead’: leading with Team BMR and a winning driver line up.

Jason Plato said “Part of my role when joining BMR was to help secure a manufacturer deal.  The iconic Subaru brand has always been right at the top of my wish list, obviously it goes without saying that I am very excited about our future together and I'm confident that BMR will produce a fantastic package for me to fight for the Championship. This really is exciting times for us all... I can't wait for the season to begin”.

Colin Turkington said “Continuing with Team BMR for the 2016 season was an easy decision for me and represents a great opportunity to build on our strong maiden campaign. I can't wait to get started with the development of the new Subaru Levorg BTCC race car and I'm more motivated than ever to win.  This announcement is huge news for the Championship and equally for me”.

The announcement confirms the status of Team BMR on the grid.  A front running organisation, popular amongst fans and recognised by global manufacturers.

Alan Gow, BTCC Series Director commented “We are delighted to welcome another manufacturer to the BTCC and particularly one with such an incredible motor sport heritage. Subaru is an iconic brand with a huge following and its introduction to the BTCC is certain to excite our many fans around the world. I am sure the collaboration with Team BMR and its hugely experienced and talented driver line-up will make for a very successful partnership.”

With the start of the season just two months away the team are working flat out to get the cars built and ready in time for testing to commence in the next few weeks.  The official reveal will be during the official BTCC Media Day at Donington Park on Tuesday 22nd March, ahead of its race debut at Brands Hatch for the first round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on the 2nd and 3rd April.

Carl Faux, Chief Designer said “It’s an honour to be leading not only the BMR Racing’s first car build but to be able to do this with Subaru’s new Levorg model is a real privilege. Engineering challenges is what the project presents.  A new car, new engine and all the new generation TOCA components requires a methodical approach.  Establishing a 3 year programme means we can focus on getting the basics right early before developing the package further over the following years”.

The road going Levorg GT uses the renowned Subaru Symmetrical All-wheel drive system and is powered by an all new 1.6T direct injection engine.  Prices start at £27,495 on the road.

Further information on the Subaru Levorg and other makes of cars including the latest news, images, archives and links can be found at www.subarumedia.co.uk