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WSR Chasing Points At Donington

Robert Collard and Nick Foster, WSR
Robert Collard and Nick Foster, WSR

Photo by: Pat Cranham

WSR’s Rob Collard will be out to make up some ground on his rivals in this weekend’s second round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship being held at Donington.

Collard had to start from the back of the grid in race one at Brands Hatch, due to being hit hard in the rear of his eBay Motors, HM Plant BMW by Liam Griffin on the warm up lap!

WSR’s new boy to the BTCC, Nick Foster, had a good ‘finding his feet’ weekend at Brands, finishing all three races with the best being a 12th place and picking up his first Independent points of the season. Foster is looking to go one better at Donington, targeting points in all three races.

With the nature of Donington’s fast flowing circuit with uphill gradients, WSR’s data engineers say that it’s not going to be easy for the normally aspirated cars against the more powerful NGTC turbo cars which also have incredible torque.

WSR Team Principal Dick Bennett said: “We know we had a competitive car at Donington in 2010, as it shows the very good handling characteristics of the BMW, which also has very good weight distribution, so we will be trading on these features to hopefully make us competitive over the race distance. We know it will be difficult in qualifying”

“We read with interest all the ‘turbo teams’ saying that they struggle with tyre degradation and loss of engine braking over a race distance, however, if anyone has cared to look at Mat Neal’s FP2, 24 lap race run at Brands, then we find it very hard to see where they are coming from! Also, James Nash, driving an NGTC turbo car, quotes in his press release: “I also don’t see the engine braking thing being an issue”

-source: wsr

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