BMW pegged back again for Snetterton BTCC round

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BMW pegged back again for Snetterton BTCC round
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The BTCC has made changes to its boost levels and centre of gravity measurements ahead of this weekend's Snetterton round, with BMW competitors set to be disadvantaged by both.

BMW’s all-new 330i M Sport has won nine out of the first 15 rounds this season, with defending champion Colin Turkington leading West Surrey Racing teammate Andrew Jordan in the drivers’ standings.

Ahead of the second-half of the year, all non-BMW-engined cars have been given a turbo boost gain by the minimum increment of 0.02-bar, which equates to approximately 4bhp.

Although Team Parker Racing competes with the previous-shape BMW 1 Series, Oulton Park race three winner driver Stephen Jelley will also be affected by the change.

This is the second mid-season change to turbo boost, with the BMW engine having been restricted by the minimum of 0.02-bar ahead of the Croft round.

BTCC chief executive Alan Gow told Motorsport.com: “It’s the same adjustment [as last time], only this time we didn’t take them down, we put everyone up.”

In addition, following the return of the rear-wheel-drive Infiniti Q50, which makes its first appearance in the series since 2015 with the Laser Tools Racing squad, all other RWD cars have had to make a centre of gravity change.

Motorsport.com understands that teams had the option of either raising the ride height by 6mm, or adding 10.5kg of ballast to a car’s bulkhead – with BMW favouring the ride height alteration to save both time and money.

Gow added: “[The changes have been made] only because with the new Infiniti, and when the centre of gravity was done, it was done against the Subaru and the BMW only.

“Now that there’s another rear-wheel-drive car then they’ve had to adjust it accordingly. They had to make a very small additional adjustment to compensate.

“These are just running changes you do through the year, clearly they are not major changes.”

Aiden Moffat, Laser Tools Racing, Infiniti Q50

Aiden Moffat, Laser Tools Racing, Infiniti Q50

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Series BTCC
Event Snetterton
Author Matt Kew