Oliphant retains drive at WSR for 2020 BTCC season
Tom Oliphant has confirmed that he will remain with West Surrey Racing and Team BMW for the 2020 British Touring Car season.
Oliphant had his best year to date in the BTCC last season, finishing second in the Jack Sears Trophy, whilst taking his maiden podium position at Donington Park.
The 29-year-old is the second driver confirmed by WSR and Team BMW this week, after reigning champion, Colin Turkington confirmed he would remain with the team for 2020, and Oliphant is looking to build upon his strong 2019 season next year.
“I couldn’t be happier to be continuing with Team BMW for the 2020 British Touring Car Championship season.” commented Oliphant.
“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.
“Getting onto the overall podium a couple of times were the highlights of the year, and I can build on those performances for 2020.
“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, also added that he was impressed with Oliphant’s rate of improvement last year, and that with more time to prepare over this winter than they had last year, he should be in a better position to have an even better season in 2020.
“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.’ added Bennetts.
“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.”