Tuesday, Oct 15 04:39pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Dick Bennetts’ West Surrey Racing win BTCC titles

West Surrey Racing has claimed their 12th title in the British Touring Car Championship in a thrilling finish at Brands Hatch.


Owned and operated by expat-New Zealander Dick Bennetts, the team notched up several major milestones.


For lead driver Colin Turkington, he claimed his fourth Drivers’ Championship. It was a one-two for the team after Andrew Jordan claimed equal-second in the standings.


It’s the fourth straight Manufacturers’ Championship for BMW as well. This year the team debuted the BMW 3 Series, which won 11 races across the 30-race calendar.


In total, West Surrey Racing now have 12 overall BTCC crowns across the Drivers’ and Manufacturer’s titles in the past 11 seasons.


It was a thrilling finish to the 2019 season, which saw the title fight go down to the wire. Title rival Dan Cammish came into the final race of the season with the advantage, but he crashed just shy of the checkered flag and handed Turkington the title by just two points.


“I can’t believe it,” Bennetts said.


“After Race Two, when Colin had been spun to the back, I thought the championship was gone, but one thing you can always be sure of with Colin is he never gives up, and he showed that today.


“He’s now equalled the all-time record of four championships and he’s won them all in WSR BMWs, so I’m incredibly proud of him and of the job done by the whole team.


“The new BMW 3 Series first turned a wheel the day before the season launch, and we’ve managed to win 11 races and not retired from a single race due to a technical problem.”