Gilham 50/50 To Make Brands

by Simon Paice

Tony Gilham In Action At Rockingham


Tony Gilham and Geoff Steel Racing with Collins Contractors have put their chances of making the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend at 50%, as the team frantically try and fit a new NGTC engine into their BMW for the Brands Hatch rounds.

Gilham made his debut with the team last time out at Rockingham, with his distinctive lime green and pink BMW 320si running with a normally aspirated engine. Since then, the team have been working around the clock to try and fit the new NGTC turbo engine to the car, as they look to become the first team to race a BMW with the NGTC engine.

The new engine, received from Swindon Engines, has been fitted, but the team are undergoing the tough task of mapping the electronics. The team put the odds of getting out at 50/50, but will be doing everything they can to try and get Dartford-based Gilham out for his local rounds.

Gilham said: “We are all really excited by the prospect of being the first ever team to compete in an NGTC BMW. It's a bit hit and miss at the moment, but the team are working extremely hard to make it happen.”

If it makes it out at Brands, fans will notice a new colour scheme on the BMW, as Gilham and the GSR team will be undertaking a 'pink day' at Brands Hatch, in support of one of their favoured charities, Breast Cancer Awareness and Cancer Research UK.

All of the GSR team members, sponsors and friends will be donning pink clothing for the day, while the BMW will feature a Breast Cancer Awarness Ribbon Logo on its bonnet and will be made completely pink, with a green trim, to celebrate the day.

Supporting the event will be high street clothing retailer Primark, who will be supplying pink polo shirts. Their Managing Director Paul Marchant commented: “We are pleased to offer our support too Tony and the team in their support of raising Breast Cancer awareness. We wish them all the best of luck for the event.”

Gilham added: “We are extremely proud to have connection with charities such as Breast Cancer Awareness and Cancer Research UK. As a team, we are always striving to do something a little bit different and we really hope people will show their support and that Brands Hatch will be awash with pink.”

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