Ben Collins – the driver formerly known as ‘The Stig’ – will make his touring car race debut with Airwaves BMW in the final round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, the team’s home circuit, next weekend (October 9/10).
In a career spanning 15 years, Collins has raced in a wide range of categories – taking victories in F3, GT and the European Le Mans Series – alongside his career as a precision and stunt driver. His recent credits including doubling for Daniel Craig in the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ and Nicolas Cage in ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets’.
While he has not yet raced in the BTCC, Collins is familiar with the car, having track-tested a Motorbase Performance-run BMW 320si at Brands Hatch on a wintery day last November for a feature in Autosport magazine. He will next become reacquainted with the car on Friday, when the team will test at Snetterton, Norfolk in preparation for the season finale.
Ben Collins said: “It’s fantastic news to be confirmed in the Airwaves BMW line up and I’m looking forward to my first outing in BTCC which should be an action packed finale for Britain’s premier racing series. I had a test with Motorbase Performance last year in the BMW and they are clearly a highly professional and highly motivated team which I’m really keen to work with.”
Airwaves BMW team boss David Bartrum added: “We’re delighted to be working with Ben again, or is it James Bond, I’m never really sure! 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 off, so 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”.
Collins joins regular drivers Mat Jackson and Steven Kane for the Wrotham-based team’s home round.
Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on 9/10 October are now available from £24 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or visit www.brandshatch.co.uk.