BMR SUBARUS TO BE TWEAKED FOR 2017

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The Subaru Levorg GT Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship ma­chines will have an al­ter­ation to their cen­tre of gravity next sea­son to bring them into line with other cars in the cat­e­gory.

Team BMR built four of the es­tate-shaped ma­chines for the con­test this sea­son, and the fac­tory-backed cars were driven by Colin Turk­ing­ton, Ja­son Plato, James Cole and team prin­ci­pal War­ren Scott.

The two-litre tur­bocharged cars have a boxer en­gine, which means the weight in the pow­er­plant is lower down in the chas­sis than most other cars.

Turk­ing­ton won five races and fin­ished in fourth place in the stand­ings, while Plato won at Knock­hill and ended up sev­enth in the points.

At a re­cent teams’ meet­ing, other out­fits on the grid voted in favour of the cham­pi­onship’s tech­ni­cal chiefs com­ing up with a for­mula to level out the cen­tre of gravity on all cars.

Team boss Scott said he was dis­ap­pointed by the de­ci­sion, but recog­nised that this had been done at the be­hest of ri­val squads.

“This is a shame, but it is how the cham­pi­onship works, and we signed up to the BTCC. There was a per­cep­tion that we had an ad­van­tage with the weight dis­tri­bu­tion of the car, but I would ar­gue that our speed to­wards the end of the 2016 cam­paign came be­cause we were go­ing into each of the race meet­ings with­out too much in the way of suc­cess bal­last. We have to ac­cept this and move on.” ● Laser Tools Rac­ing driver Ai­den Mof­fat tested for the Team BMR squad at Don­ing­ton Park last week as he eval­u­ates op­tions ahead of his 2017 cam­paign. The young Scot­tish driver has also lined up some run­ning in GT3 and GT4 sportscars be­fore de­ter­min­ing his fu­ture di­rec­tion. “He adapted to rear-wheel drive re­ally well,” said Scott. “We were all im­pressed.”

BMR Subarus will be al­tered for ’17 Mof­fat tested Levorg

Will Palmer tested a Mclaren For­mula 1 car at Sil­ver­stone lastwed­nes­day as part of his prize for win­ning the 2015 Mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award. 19-year-old Palmer drove Jen­son But­ton’s 2011 Canadian Grand Prix-win­ning MP4-26, com­plet­ing three five-lap runs on the Grand Prix cir­cuit.

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