Tom Oliphant has his sights on the Jack Sears Trophy
Team BMW driver,Tom Oliphant has set his sights on winning the Jack Sears Trophy this year in the British Touring Car Championship.
Oliphant made his BTCC debut last season with Cicely Motorsport and was a regular points scorer with a best result of 7th at Knockhill.
The 28-year-old has moved to Team BMW for 2019 and now has the Jack Sears Trophy firmly in his sights.
“My first and foremost (target) is to try and win the Jack Sears Trophy. I think having not taken a podium last year, it was a bit of a disappointment for me” said Oliphant.
“I felt like I had the pace to do that but it was a bit of poor luck really over the course of the season so I am back in that (Jack Sears Trophy) and I’m looking to win that. I think I’ve got the car and the team behind me to be able to challenge for it.”
Having made the move to Team BMW, Oliphant will be racing alongside current champion Colin Turkington as well as 2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan, and he believes their presence will help him improve as a driver.
“I have always teamed up with champions. I think if you want to win the championship and you want to prove you are the best on the grid, you end up having very very talented and skilled teammates. It is the only way to learn really.”
“I think partnering up with Colin, definitely I am going to learn a lot and I am looking forward to that.”
“He has been around and done it for a long time and he has obviously won it three times so he knows exactly what it takes and AJ is an incredibly talented driver and he drives lots of different stuff, you know, historics, BTCC and stuff like that so yeah I think it is going to be a very professional environment but its not putting me off.”