British Touring Car Championship, MINI Challenge and British Truck Racing

29 June 2015









The weekend saw the Owen Developments boosted BTCC back in action at Croft before their summer break, MINI Challenge were at the Brands Hatch Mini Festival as well as Owen Developments supported truck racing making their annual trip to the Nürburgring.

 BTCC – Round 6 - Croft

Andy Priaulx, Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard claimed a win apiece as West Surrey Racing secured a stunning hat-trick of Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victories at Croft boosted by Owen Developments. WSR scored a sensational 1-2-3 finish in the opening race – becoming the first squad to do so in six years – as Priaulx led home team-mates Tordoff and Collard.

Pole-sitter Tordoff led Priaulx and Collard with the Yorkshireman looking comfortable out front for much of the early running. He had pulled a gap of more than eight tenths of a second by the end of lap five as light rain began to fall. The defining moment came shortly after when Tordoff made a slight mistake at the chicane on the now greasy surface and Priaulx nipped through to head the field. The rain eased almost as quickly as it had started and the three drivers settled into position for the remainder of the race. Collard dropped away into the clutches of Shedden’s Honda late on, but he held station to help the team to its first ever podium clean sweep.

Tordoff bounced back to claim a lights-to-flag victory in the second encounter as he dominated proceedings for the 15-lap duration. There would be no repeat of his race one error as he blasted the #7 BMW 125i M Sport off the line before pulling out a comfortable gap to the chasing pack.

Collard joined the WSR race-winning party by taking a memorable victory in the final contest, despite initially losing the lead to Honda Yuasa Racing’s Shedden. There was slight contact on lap 12 as the two cars made their way round the long right hander approaching the chicane, which was enough to unsettle the leading Japanese machine. Collard looked to have completed the move and that was confirmed when Shedden bounced across the grass as he straight-lined the chicane during the squabble. Shedden fell back towards Priaulx’s WSR BMW late on and suddenly it was the tussle for second taking centre stage. They were nose to tail on the last lap with Priaulx eventually claiming the duel as he sneaked past at the final hairpin to take second.

Team BMR’s Turkington and Plato held station for much of the final race to secure fourth and fifth respectively ahead of Tordoff’s BMW. The race two winner clinched the position late on after he made an almost carbon copy move to that of race winner Collard on Shedden, but this time it was Tordoff passing the other works Honda of Matt Neal.

Despite being shuffled down the podium order it has still been an extremely successful day for Shedden as he leads the drivers’ standings at the midway stage of the season. The 2012 champion holds a ten point advantage over Plato, whose old rival Neal is a further 12 points back. Tordoff has benefited most from a quite brilliant weekend by firing himself into championship contention. He’s now fourth, a point ahead of Turkington and six clear of MG Triple Eight Racing’s Andrew Jordan.

Honda Yuasa Racing leads the Manufacturers/Constructors championship, while Team BMR continues to top the Teams’ order. Turkington takes over from Plato for Independent Drivers’ honours whilst two victories for Josh Cook in the Jack Sears Trophy extends his advantage.

 MINI Challenge – Round 5 - Brands Hatch

Britain's most popular pocket-sized car starred at the fourth Brands Hatch Mini Festival with the on track action dominated by the Owen Developments boosted Power Maxed MINI Challenge, the fastest Mini racing series in the UK.

The Gen 3 Class was dominated by Lawrence Davy who took the wins in races one and two beating pole sitter William Philips, before taking second in the final race with the win going to David Grady. Ryan Rhode also had a successful weekend, taking home silverware in every race and a good haul of points.

The most successful weekend in the John Cooper Works class went to Neil Newstead, taking a win in race two and finishing second in the other two races. Wins also went to Hamish Brandon and Jono Brown in the close racing at Brands Hatch.

 BTRA – Round 3 – ADAC International Truck Grand Prix – Nürburgring

This weekend saw the biggest truck racing event in Europe, the ADAC International Truck Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Representing Owen Developments was Steve Powell and his Foden coming off four (!) wins last time out at Thruxton and looking to maintain or extend his 33 point lead in the Championship. Up against his regular rivals as well as the cream of European truck racing it wasn’t going to be an easy task!

Steve’s impressive winning streak was ended in the first race by Dutch driver Rody Smit, who would be the dominant driver at the event. Steve’s Championship lead was secure though, taking a pair of second places ahead of Championship rival Luke Garrett and scoring the most point of the BTRA regulars. Regular service will resume at Donington Park next month as the Championship nears its halfway point.



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