West Surrey Racing has confirmed that Rob Collard
and Nick Foster will spearhead its challenge on the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Collard will return for a second successive season with the BMW team, while Foster will move into the series for the first time having competed in the CSL Cup last year.
The team plans to introduce a range of developments to its Super 2000-spec BMW for the new season and Collard said he was pleased to re-sign for another season.
“It's great to have the continuity with WSR as they are a very professional team and their cars are very reliable,” he said. “They've been working hard on making the BMW more competitive, so I can't wait till race one at Brands Hatch on April 3.”
Foster tested for the team late last year and admitted he was thrilled to have secured a deal to move into touring cars for the first time.
“I am delighted to have signed with WSR to run in the BTCC,” he said. “Having been involved in many disciplines in motorsport, it is very exciting to be racing in the most competitive series in the UK. I am looking forward to seeing how the season shapes up.”
Team boss Dick Bennetts was pleased to confirm his driver line-up for the season ahead, with a range of sponsors set to be revealed at the annual media day at Silverstone next month.
“We are really pleased to sign Rob again for 2011, as he knows how we operate and we know how he operates,” he said. “Together with our engineering team, he knows how to get the best out of the BMW, so we're looking for good results from the outset.
“It's great to have Nick on board this year. He went well when he tested for us last year and although it's going to be a steep learning curve for him in the BTCC, we're sure he'll go well.
“WSR will be announcing our 2011 sponsorship package at the media day at Silverstone on March 24. This will include new partners, who are coming on board on the back of the huge crowds and great ITV coverage that the BTCC attracts.”