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WSR aiming to be ‘back where we should be’ in 2024

West Surrey Racing boss Dick Bennetts insists that the BMW team is leaving no stone unturned as it bids to return to the top in the BTCC in 2024.

WSR failed to secure at least one championship title for the first time 2015 last year, with Jake Hill and Colin Turkington finishing third and fourth in the drivers’ title, and Motorbase/Alliance Racing ending BMW’s grasp on the Manufacturers’/Constructors’ title by just four points.

Heading into the new season, WSR has already confirmed that Jake Hill will return in a Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport-entered car with both Colin Turkington and Adam Morgan widely expected to also be part of the line-up when the new season kicks off Donington Park in April.

Ahead of that, WSR remains hard at work on improvements to the BMW 330e M Sport that won ten races last season, with Bennetts promising a number of revisions under the skin for the upcoming campaign.

“I’m supposed to be slowing down at my age but last year I got talked into running four BMWs,” he said on a visit to the Taupo International Motorsport Park Historic GP in his native New Zealand.

“We’ve got three drivers signed for this year. Last year we finished third and fourth in the championship and lost the manufacturers’ title by four points which was frustrating, so there is a big effort from the team.

“We’ve got a new two-litre BMW engine and are doing a lot of work on the chassis in terms of weight distribution and putting the car on a diet, so hopefully we can be back where we should be on the top of the podium.”