Tom Oliphant will remain at West Surrey Racing and Team BMW for a second season, both team and driver have announced.
2020 will be Oliphant’s third full season in the BTCC and second in the BMW 3 Series. The Leamington-Spa-based driver will be looking to build on a breakthrough year which included two podiums which came at Donington Park (3rd) and Oulton Park (2nd).
Oliphant finished his first WSR campaign 11th in the championship standings and helped BMW secure the manufacturer’s title for a fourth consecutive season. He scored three fastest laps in the second half of the 2019 campaign, the most out of any driver and also finished 2nd in the Jack Sears Trophy standings. Oliphant was delighted to remain at WSR for 2020.
“I couldn’t be happier to be continuing with Team BMW for the 2020 British Touring Car Championship season. I loved every second racing with them this year, they are a fantastic team and have really helped me develop as a driver. With the experience and expertise of the WSR team behind me, I feel I made good progress as a BTCC driver across the campaign.”
With podiums now under his belt after 2019, Oliphant is already looking ahead to pre-season testing and targeting race wins in 2020.
“Getting onto the overall podium a couple of times were the highlights of the year, and I can build on those performances for 2020. In Team BMW and the BMW 330i M Sport, I am racing with the best package on the grid. We’ve got an extensive pre-season testing programme scheduled for the new year and I’m confident I can hit the ground running and challenge for victories from race one onwards.”
WSR Team Principal Dick Bennetts was pleased to secure Oliphant’s services for a second season. Oliphant will partner reigning champion Colin Turkington in a stable Team BMW lineup.
Bennetts said “From the first time Tom drove the new BMW 330i M Sport in March, it was clear he was someone who would really benefit from being back in a rear-wheel-drive car, and his progress during the year was strong as he learnt the car and developed the relationship with his engineer. Nobody qualified inside the top 10 more often than Tom, he set more fastest laps in the second half of the season than any other driver and led a race for the first time. Taking what he’s learned in 2019 and adding in a winter of development for the 3 Series, Tom will be an even stronger proposition in 2020.”
The first race of the 2020 BTCC season takes place on the weekend of 28th/29th March at Donington Park.