Team BMW out to keep Manufacturers’ points lead

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Team BMW head to Donington Park this weekend for the second round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship aiming to strengthen BMW’s position at the top of the Manufacturers’ points table.

The performances of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard at Brands Hatch put the German manufacturer at the head of the standings as well as helping the WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport to achieve a landmark 100th podium finish in the series.

Now the pair are determined to chalk up more valuable points for the Sunbury-on-Thames-based team at the demanding 1.9-mile East Midlands venue.

Colin, from Portadown, Northern Ireland, lies sixth in the Drivers’ Championship and carries 33kg of success ballast as a result.

The two-time BTCC champion took the first victory for the BMW 125i M Sport at Donington in 2013 and has two pole positions and four wins at the circuit – including one last year – to his name.

Rob, from Eversley, Hampshire, scored his first BTCC podium at Donington in 2005 with WSR and has recorded two wins and five rostrum finishes there – including a charging drive from sixth to second last year.

Having suffered a challenging weekend at Brands Hatch, Rob is confident of a better time at Donington as he aims to climb the championship table and elevate Team BMW from their current eighth spot in the Teams’ title race.

The Donington triple-header on April 28-29 is the second of 10 events in this year’s 60th anniversary BTCC season, which takes in nine circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.