BMR Racing will expand to four Volkswagen CC machines from the Snetterton meeting this weekend onwards, Jack Goff and Warren Scott leaving their Vauxhall Insignias behind for the remainder of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship season.
The BMR outfit ran a four-car operation for the opening half of the 2014 campaign with Alain Menu and Aron Smith behind the wheel of a pair of Volkswagen CCs, while Goff and Scott competed in Vauxhall Insignias first introduced to the championship back in 2011’s final round and developed ever since.
All four drivers will now race under the Volkswagen marque for the remainder of the season, while the change means Vauxhall – synonymous with the BTCC across the years – will not be represented on the grid for the first time since the late 80s.
Team principal and driver Scott said: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring the four VWs to Snetterton and is the result of a lot of hard work by everyone at the team. It was always part of the plan but we weren’t absolutely sure we’d be ready by mid-season.
“Thankfully all the effort has paid off and we’re delighted to be able to start the second half of the season at full strength. It’s an exciting time for us. This is all part of the overall development and progression of Team BMR and we hope to have further announcements in the coming weeks.”
Goff, a podium finisher in the BTCC already and coming off a top-six finish at Croft last month, now feels that he has his best opportunity to become a race winner in the series with a car that has been successful in 2014 already, Irishman Smith having won the final race at Oulton Park in June.
“It’s going to be great to have four guys all working on the same thing”, said Goff. “To begin with we thought that there would be quite a bit of cross-over between the Vauxhall and the VW, but they’ve turned out to be two completely different animals. Now we can all be sharing data and making the VW as fast as it can be.
“The team has done an absolutely fantastic job to get the car prepared. I went down to the workshop last week and couldn’t believe how quickly everything had come together. To be honest they proved that they could do it at the start of the year getting all the cars ready, so this really just shows how professional and efficient this group of guys is.
“My first run in the car will be at Snetterton, so I’m not setting wild targets for this weekend. We know the car can win races, so as the season progresses I want to get up to running podium pace. The focus will be on developing the car and making it as fast as possible!”
BMR Chrome Edition Restart Racing currently lie sixth in the Teams’ Championship heading to this weekend’s sixth meeting of 2014, which takes place at Norfolk’s Snetterton 300 circuit on 2/3 August.