Last weekend proved to be a dramatic weekend for the British Touring Car Championship at Croft.
An unfortunate multi-car collision during qualifying for round 13 on Saturday left mountune powered Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO driver Luke Davenport hospitalised. Luke suffered significant injuries and is currently in intensive care in an induced coma with multiple chest injuries, lung damage, broken right leg, broken pelvis, broken right arm and concussion. The whole team at mountune would like to wish him a full and speedy recovery, and our thoughts are also with drivers Aron Taylor-Smith and Jeff Smith who were injured in the accident.
The weekend took a more positive turn once racing began on Sunday and presented a podium lock-out for mountune powered drivers in the finale. Mat Jackson looked right at home as he took his first podium finish of the season, crossing the line third in Race 1, which he later backed up with an emphatic drive, taking the chequered flag in Race 3, dedicated to new team member, Luke Davenport. Jackson described the win as “a great result” after fighting off efforts from Ollie Jackson at the start of the race and later a challenge from Sutton.
Jackson's win marked the 250th for Ford Machinery in the BTCC and together with two points scored from team-mate Martin Depper, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo reached the summit of the Independent Teams’ table.
Adrian Flux Subaru Racing saw a lights to flag victory for Ashley Sutton in Race 1, holding off 'King of Croft' Turkington to take the win at the North Yorkshire circuit in his mountune powered Subaru Levorg. Sutton went on to finish second in Race 2, and again in Race 3 ahead of team mate Plato, who took to the podium for the first time this season. Sutton said: “We’re having a fantastic weekend so far. We’ve bounced back from having a car that didn’t look in the best shape after qualifying yesterday to this – full credit to the team.”
Sutton is now sitting in 4th in the drivers standings, with Jackson and Plato in 9th and 15th respectively.
This weekends BTCC round at Snetterton didn't disappoint with non stop action and several podium wins for the mountune powered teams.
Race 1 of the day saw Turkington cross the line first after the Silverline Subaru BMR driver battled his way through in lap eight. The top step podium makes Turkington the first three-time race winner of 2016, following his Race 1 wins at Croft and Oulton Park earlier this season. Jackson, challenging his way from fifth on the grid, took a third place finish in Race 1 in the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, claiming a podium on the team’s 300th BTCC race.
Jackson made his mark securing victory in a thrilling Race 2, twice muscling past pole man turkington off the grid, after a red flag before the end of lap one meant a restart. The first place finish took Jackson to a total of two wins this season, with Turkington again taking a podium step in Race 2, this time in 2nd place.
We're looking forward to seeing the guys in action again in Rounds 19,20 & 21 at Knockhill on August 13/14th.
Photos: MJP Media
After an impressive qualifying session on Saturday where he secured pole position, Colin Turkington eased to victory in Race 1 at Oulton Park this weekend. Performing the perfect run from lights to flag, Turkington’s perfect drive saw mountune powered Team BMR take their first ever BTCC win in their manufacturer backed Subaru Levorg.
Race 2 brought another podium win for the double BTCC champion, this time in second place, with team mate Jason Plato taking an additional hat trick of podiums with his three 3rd place victories.
'We are very happy with the results from Oulton Park this weekend, recent progress has been made with the chassis and engine after a 2 day test at Pembrey. We would like to thank mountune who have put in a huge effort to produce a competitive engine in such a short space of time', said Team Manager Alan Cole.
The Japanese cars have been fitted with a new inlet manifolds designed and developed by mountune since the teams last meeting at Thruxton, and test sessions and improvements made have certainly paid off for the team after this weekend's round.
We look forward to seeing them back in action at Croft in 2 weeks time.
We caught up with former BTCC champions Jason Plato, Colin Turkington and team owner/driver Warren Scott, ahead of their 2016 campaign in the mountune-powered Subaru Levorg. Hear what they had to say about the season ahead.
With the 2016 BTCC season getting ever closer, this latest engine render gives a little more insight into the mountune powered Subaru Levorg Boxer engine, being developed for Team BMR.
In having been chosen as the official engine partner for BMR this season, David Mountain, mountune Racing’s Technical Director said, “We are thrilled to have been chosen to build the engines for BMR’s 2016 championship campaign, and very happy to be partnered with a manufacturer team. The development team here at mountune will be working around the clock getting the four Boxer engines ready for pre-season testing and are all looking forward to seeing them perform out on track during this years championship.”
Kevin Berry, Team BMR’s Chief Engineer added, “I am excited that mountune are on board to develop and build our engine for this project. With the extensive experience that mountune have in the BTCC and NGTC regulations, I am extremely confident that mountune have the expertise and ability to produce a great race engine from this unique Subaru base."
The 2.0 Turbocharged engines are being supplied for their four-strong team ahead of the 2016 Season Launch, held at Donington Park on March 22nd.