Warren Scott offered a summary of the first half of his Team BMR squad’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, the outfit heading into the summer break as Teams’ Championship leaders.
The visit to Croft marked the conclusion of the first half of a thoroughly competitive season to date, Scott’s Volkswagen squad ending as leaders of the Teams’ Championship by 19 points over Honda Yuasa Racing.
BMR also head into the summer break with two of their four drivers lying inside the top five of the championship, Jason Plato just 10 points adrift of series leader, Gordon Shedden, after picking up four wins in his first 15 outings with the Volkswagen CC outfit.
“Absolutely excellent, we can’t moan about anything!” team boss Scott told The Checkered Flag heading into the mid-season break.
“It’s been through the hard work of the lads throughout the season that we’ve got here, and obviously some fantastic drivers that we’ve got with us.”
The Volkswagen quartet endured a battling meeting in North Yorkshire, although Plato and Colin Turkington both visited the podium on Sunday to maintain their strong championship fight.
West Surrey Racing hit back with a historic hat-trick of wins for BMW at Croft, Plato admitting to a tactical decision in race one to join at the back of the field and effectively sacrifice his first encounter for two strong results later in the afternoon.
Scott was not surprised by BMW’s pace, adding: “We knew the BMW would be quick here, we thought Honda would be strong but [BMW’s] qualifying did concern us a little bit.
“We were fairly confident with our race pace and tyres. We came here testing before the season knowing it would be like that, so we were confident in our pace – it was just disappointing with what happened in qualifying.”
Scott himself picked up his best result of the season with 10th place, while Aron Smith was plagued by bad luck throughout the weekend, the former adding: “Aron’s had more bad luck this weekend, but he’ll come back strong, trust me.”
Cars are expected to flock to Snetterton prior to August’s meeting to take part in a string of annual official tyre tests at the Norfolk circuit, Scott saying his team will be among those as development remains key down the grid in such a tight season.
“We’ll be out there testing”, Scott assured of his team’s summer break activities.
“We’ve got to because Honda, BMW and MG aren’t just going to stand around and watch us are they? We’ll be definitely out for the Snetterton test; I’m not sure what else we have planned as of yet, but we’ll be pushing.”
The Drivers’ Championship remains Scott’s goal for one of his drivers, concluding: “I want one of my boys to win the championship. I’d love it – and we can.”
Above: Plato (l) has won four times while Turkington (r) won at Donington (Photos: btcc.net)
BMR Racing After 5/10 Rounds:
|Teams' Championship Points||379 (1st)|
|Drivers' Championship||2nd (Plato)|