Airwaves in-stig-ates surprise of the season for Brands

David Bartrum has pulled off a masterstroke ahead of the 2010 BTCC finale at Brands Hatch, with a new Top addition to the Airwaves BMW line-up that will help the team to really kick up a Gear...
Airwaves BMW has sprung what is indubitably the surprise of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season ahead of the Brands Hatch finale next weekend, with the announcement that it is to field a third car alongside regular drivers Mat Jackson and Steven Kane – and you'll never guess who for...

Some say he is illegal in 17 US states and that he blinks horizontally, some say he's wanted by the CIA and that he sleeps upside down like a bat, and some say he gave up a cushty little number at the BBC by revealing his identity in his new autobiography The Man in the White Suit, but all we know is that he used to be called...The Stig.

Off the back of a blaze of publicity – both good and bad – of late, Ben Collins is to make his touring car debut with David Bartrum's outfit at the team's home circuit, and whilst the 35-year-old former Top Gear star has never previously competed in the BTCC, he is familiar with the car, having track-tested a Motorbase Performance-run BMW 320si at Brands Hatch just under a year ago. He will next become acquainted with it on Friday during a test at Snetterton.

“It's fantastic news to be confirmed in the Airwaves BMW line-up, and I'm looking forward to my first outing in the BTCC which should be an action-packed finale for Britain's premier racing series,” enthused the man who will carry the #12 on his car in Kent. “I had a test with Motorbase Performance last year in the BMW, and they are clearly a highly-professional and highly-motivated team that I'm really keen to work with.”

In a career spanning some 15 years, Collins has competed in a wide range of categories, winning races along the way in F3 and British and FIA GT and most recently taking to the track in the Europe-based Le Mans Series at Silverstone in an RML-run Lola sportscar.

The Bristol-based ace has dovetailed his racing activities with work as a precision and stunt driver, with credits including doubling for Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond film Quantum of Solace, and for Nicolas Cage in National Treasure: Book of Secrets – and Bartrum is palpably thrilled to have recruited a driver of Collins' calibre to come on-board as Airwaves bids to overhaul Team Aon to clinch the independent teams' crown.

“We're delighted to be working with Ben again, or is it James Bond, I'm never really sure!” he quipped. “After he had a run in one of our BMWs at Brands Hatch last year, we tried to put something together for a full season, but it didn't quite come we're glad it has for the final round. Ben is a great driver, and this is an excellent chance to see him mix it with the rest of the BTCC grid in an Airwaves BMW.

“It's also good for Motorbase to be running three competitive BTCC cars as well as six Porsche Carrera Cup cars – it will be a busy weekend for all of us, but what a fantastic way to end the season at our home circuit!”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Airwaves BMW BTCC duo Steven Kane and Mat Jackson
Mat Jackson (GBR) Airwaves BMW 320
Mat Jackson (GBR) Airwaves BMW 320
Steven Kane (GBR) Airwaves BMW BMW 320si E90
Dave Bartrum
Former Top Gear Stig, Ben Collins
Mat Jackson (GBR) Airwaves BMW 320
Steven Kane (GBR) Airwaves BMW 320si E90
Steven Kane (GBR) Airwaves BMW BMW 320si E90
Steven Kane (GBR) Airwaves BMW 320si E90
Alex Martin, Motorbase Racing BTCC [Credit: BTCC]
Andrew Jordan Triple Eight MG, Brands Hatch [Credit: Jakob Ebrey]
Motorbase Ford EcoBoost engine
Andy Priaulx - WSR BMW
Andy Priaulx - WSR BMW
Aiden Moffat - Laser Tools Mercedes A-Class
Andy Priaulx - WSR BMW
Andrew Jordan joins Pirtek MG

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

f1 fan - Unregistered

September 30, 2010 7:48 AM

Who cares he was only of any intrest when nobody knew who he was now he is just some other part time racing driver yawnnnnnnn at some bloke called ben collins in the btcc final

© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.