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Lancashire automotive retailer Bowker BMW has announced a new long-term partnership with Lancashire further education provider, Preston College.

The new automotive technologies partnership will help apprentices learn a breadth of knowledge, skills and behaviours in their specific area. The aim is to help apprentices to become confident in carrying out maintenance and everyday repairs on vehicles, cars and motorcycles, through to more complex diagnostics and servicing.

Preston College is currently the largest apprenticeship provider in its local area. Award-winning Bowker Motor Group’s automotive retail franchise portfolio includes BMW, with centres in Preston and Blackburn. 

Preston College is committed to embedding industry-led curriculum across all of its provision types. The technical skills programme partnership with the Bowker Group will provide valuable experience and development opportunities that will ensure learners become sought-after within industry.

The development of key provisions types, combined with the underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours delivered in an education environment, will allow the pipeline of industry-ready learners to progress into permanent employment or an apprenticeship within the organisation, whilst adding value to Bowkers’ existing workforce.

Jonathan Rogan, head of business at Bowker BMW in Preston, said: “As a Lancashire-based family business we are always looking for meaningful ways to invest in the county’s future.  Our new strategic relationship with Preston College is the perfect collaboration between two organisations who share the same values and vision for local learners.

“We’re especially excited to bring the unique strengths of both organisations together. Bowker Motor Group has a rich tradition for investing in local apprentices. We have several managers who started with us as apprentices. With Preston College’s help we can continue to create exciting careers and provide an even better learning environment for our apprentices.”

The partnership will see the two organisations work together to provide apprentices with high-quality training, delivery and assessment, whilst continuing to use the College’s industry-standard workspaces.

Mark Taylor, Head of School for Engineering and Automotive Technologies at Preston College, added: “With the relentless pace of change and the increasing number of electric cars, the automotive retail sector has witnessed considerable innovation over recent years. Our partnership with Bowker Motor Group will help us to keep ahead of the game by offering real life learning experiences with the latest automotive technologies in a commercial environment.

“There’s no doubt that partnering with one of Lancashire’s most-famous family businesses will offer our apprentices the chance to deliver first class outcomes whilst developing their skills in high quality, technology-rich learning spaces.”

With electric driving comes exciting possibilities. That’s why BMW approaches this new era in mobility just like any other; where engineering, innovation and aesthetics come together seamlessly to inspire joy in every journey. Discover how BMW’s state-of-the-art eDrive technology and sublime interior touches have created a modern masterpiece.

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The way in which an electric car functions differs fundamentally from that of a vehicle with a combustion engine in that the motor of an electric car is not powered by fuel but exclusively by electricity. This electricity is stored in a battery, the capacity of which helps determine the range, in other words, the distance that can be covered with one battery charge.

An electric car has many advantages; it is emission-free while driving and depending on your average annual mileage, it may work out cheaper than a conventional petrol or diesel car. Use our Electrified tool to see whether BMW’s all-electric models could be cheaper for you, compared to a regular petrol or diesel model. Plus, for business use, BMW electric models have a BIK tax rate of 1% for 2021. The driving experience also offers unique benefits, including the instant torque, which adds extra thrills into every journey while delivering minimal engine noise.

Who an electric car is suitable for depends on the driver’s particular preferences – with an average range of several hundred miles, BMW electric cars can definitely exist both in urban and commuter traffic. A BMW i3 or BMW i3s with four seats is a suitable family car, whilst the BMW iX3, BMW iX and BMW i4 all seat up to five adults with an available luggage capacity in the BMW iX of 500L.

A purely electric car has the lowest level of emissions while actually being used, potentially lower running costs when comparing fuel charges to home electricity tariffs, and (for business use) a BIK tax rate of 1% for 2021. However, the combination of combustion engine and electric drive means that a plug-in hybrid can in fact achieve a higher overall range than an electric car.

*Figures are for comparison purposes and may not reflect real life driving results which depend on a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. They were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The BMW i3, iX3, i4 and iX are battery electric vehicles requiring mains electricity for charging. The electric range was determined according to the WLTP test cycle. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedure.

THE BMW iX M60: THE ULTIMATE IN BMW ELECTRIC DRIVING DYNAMICS.

The BMW iX M60 combines the innovative power of BMW i and BMW M. Explore the first purely electric BMW M model in the performance segment of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV): 

  • Fully electric drive with two BMW M eDrive motors, electric all-wheel drive BMW xDrive, 455 kW/619 hp** and 1,100 Nm*** torque.
  • Zero local CO2 emissions when driving and a range of up to 351* miles (WLTP).
  • Clear design, generously proportioned interior and highly modern ambience.
  • State-of-the-art technology and an enhanced range of standard equipment.

THE PROGRESSIVE DESIGN OF THE BMW iX M60.

The exterior of the BMW iX M60 appears monolithic and with the athleticism typical of M, while the futuristic interior welcomes driver and passengers with luxurious sporting flair:

  • Distinctive front section with the large vertical BMW kidney grille, narrow double headlights and three-part front apron.
  • Dynamic look with optional 22″ aerodynamic wheels in Titanium Bronze as well as optional BMW Exterior Line in Titanium Bronze.
  • Highly modern interior with slim instrument panel, BMW Curved Display and elegant interior features.

Launch Control.

Maximum acceleration thanks to optimum traction – with Launch Control, the perfect start from a standstill is achieved. The intelligently controlled power transmission ensured that the concentrated power of the two electric motors is delivered to the asphalt.

M Badge.

The M60 model badge on the right side of the tailgate is an indication of the vehicle’s extraordinary high driving dynamix potential.

BMW iX M60 – SHY TECH CONCEPT.

The Shy Tech concept puts passengers first and integrates modern technology into the design in an elegant way:

  • Invisible intelligence can be experienced in many details of the exterior and interior.
  • The kidney grille functions as an intelligent surface and houses camera technology, radar functions, state-of-the-art sensor technology and heating elements.
  • Speakers of the audio system are invisibly embedded in the interior, buttons and controls are visually consistently reduced.

BMW iX M60: CHARGING TIME FOR 62 MILES (100 KM) RANGE.

With your BMW iX M60 and BMW Charging, you benefit from an impressive charging performance and numerous tailor-made offers for charging at home, on the road and at work.

  • Recharge up to 93 miles in just 10 minutes*.
  • Recharge up to 80 % of the electric range in less than 35 minutes at public IONITY High Power Charging stations.*

The values refer to an initial state of charge of 10 %.

Energy consumption and CO2 emissions of the BMW iX M60.
* Provisional data; energy consumption and range measured according to the WLTP test cycle.
** Provisional data; Electric drive with up to 397 kW (540 hp), during temporary performance increase <10 seconds up to 455 kW (619 hp).
*** Provisional data; maximum torque with activated Launch Control.

These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. Battery electric vehicles require mains electricity for charging. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.

A Lancashire woman has won a new mobility scooter in a competition to discover a deserving winner. 

More than 250 Motability customers entered a competition organised by Bowker BMW in Blackburn. The first prize was a Pride Go-Go ES8 Boot Scooter donated by Blackburn Modern Mobility.

Ashraf, the husband of winner Safi, claimed the prize on his wife’s behalf and explained: “I would like to thank Andrew Holden at Bowker BMW Blackburn and Modern Mobility for selecting my wife and awarding her with this fantastic mobility scooter. 

“We feel honoured to have won this competition.  I am hoping that this mobility scooter will encourage my wife to be independent and provide her with a better quality of life”

Andrew Holden from Bowker BMW and Russel Curry from Blackburn Modern Mobility were on hand to present Ashraf with his wife’s new scooter at the Bowker BMW centre on Trident Way in Blackburn. 

For Bowker BMW, motability specialist, Andrew Holden said: “Congratulations to Safi and Ashraf on winning the first prize. Previously, we ran a similar competition as a prize draw. This time we judged nominations from friends and family who felt they knew someone who deserved the scooter the most.

“Special thanks to Modern Mobility for generously donating the mobility scooter. We work together whenever we can to help people with disabilities to keep moving. This competition was a great example.”

This competition challenged anyone in Lancashire who knew a friend or family member who would benefit most from a free mobility scooter. They were asked to share a couple of sentences that describe the reason they should win and the kind of impact that winning a free scooter will have on their lives.

For Blackburn Modern Mobility, Russel Curry, said: ”We were happy to link up with Bowker BMW to support this competition. Safi was a worthy winner. Thank you to Ashraf for sharing the impact this scooter will have on his wife’s life. Hopefully, Modern Mobility can continue to work together with Bowker Motability to help more people who find it difficult to get around.”

In 2019, Andrew was crowned best Motability specialist in the country. The award recognised Andrew as the best from over 18,000 motability specialists in the country and acknowledges consistently high standards of service and support to customers of the Motability Car Scheme throughout 2018.

A Preston-based BMW service engineer has become the only technician in England to retain one of the toughest technical accreditations in the motor trade seven times in succession.

Harold Bowden has officially passed his master technician accreditation for the seventh time. He is currently one of only 66 BMW master technicians in England, but the only one to hold the accreditation for so long. 

BMW requires all master technicians to re-qualify for the accreditation every five years. Harold Bowden’s success – after working with Bowker for over 45 years – means that, by the time Harold’s next accreditation is due, he will have been a Master Technician for over 35 years.

Harold said: “I love the BMW technology. So, when I immerse myself in the details – it doesn’t feel quite so much like hard work in the way others might think. Add to that, I have the support of a great employer in Bowker Motor Group. They always back me. So, those two things combined make a big difference when I challenge myself to achieve the Master Technician accreditation.

“Yes. It’s quite a high level of knowledge – but it needs to be. I do a lot of training in my own time – at weekends and evenings. And fortunately, I’m genuinely interested in BMW cars so it makes it a little easier for me. Technology is always changing. There are new hybrids and the all-electric models coming through; so there are always new engine developments or new gadgets to widen my mechanical knowledge.”

In the tests, Harold successfully completed the industry-recognised examinations featuring a range of online, practical, diagnostic and theoretical examinations. The test now also includes a coaching exercise and customer handling situations.

Harold has also achieved the title of AAE (Advanced Automotive Engineer) which is a special engineering grade awarded by the IMI. And in 2005 Harold was also one of the first technicians to receive IMI ATA Master Technician.

In 2015, BMW UK recognised Harold’s achievements by presenting him with a Lifetime Achievement Award from BMW UK. He was the first technician in England to achieve the accolade. 

Stewart Rose, Bowker Motor Group Group Services Manager, said: “Harold is an inspiration to us all. I, myself, have worked for Bowker Motor Group for over 36 years. So, I know just how hard Harold has worked to stay at the top of hsi game for so long. 

“The other technicians know he is always available to help with any challenges they face. It is a massive benefit to have someone so knowledgeable as part of our team. Congratulations Harold. And we look forward to celebrating your seven accreditation in 5 more years!”

Last year, 27-year-old Bowker Motor Group’s Callan McGuigan from Fulwood Preston was awarded BMW Senior Technician status after a gruelling day-long exam at the BMW training centre at Wokefield Park, Reading.

BMW LAUNCHES WORLD-FIRST eDRIVE ZONES IN THE UK.

Further enhancing support for plug-in hybrid owners, BMW is today launching BMW Points in the UK – a programme designed to reward customers for each electric mile driven.

Offered to BMW 330e, BMW 530e, BMW 545e, BMW 745e, BMW X3 30e (produced from August 2021) and BMW X5 45e drivers with BMW Operating System 7.0, the programme offers free charging in exchange for driving electric miles. Drivers can earn 2 points for each mile driven electrically, and 4 points for each mile driven electrically in a designated eDrive zone.

BMW Points users are also awarded 20 bonus points every time their vehicle is charged for a minimum of fifteen minutes. Plus, a monthly reward of 500 points for each user who charges their vehicle twenty times a month for a minimum of fifteen minutes each time. 

Once drivers have collected 3,200 points, they will be rewarded with £10 charging credit to be used across the BMW Charging network. At 7,500 points, customers will receive £25 and at 14,500 points a £50 free charging credit.

Points are earned for each mile driven once the vehicle is registered on the BMW Points scheme via the My BMW App and, once registered, miles are automatically logged by the vehicle. Additionally, any miles driven throughout Europe are also recorded, with BMW Points already available to customers in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

BMW became the first car manufacturer in 2020 to launch geo-fencing technology in designated areas across London and Birmingham, resulting in BMW plug-in hybrid models switching to electric driving mode once the vehicle has entered these eDrive zones. Now in addition to London and Birmingham, a further six eDrive Zones have been launched across the UK in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Liverpool, Bath and Manchester.

BMW has also launched eDrive Zones in the Republic of Ireland, with Dublin and Limerick added as designated cities.

More information on the first BMW eDrive Zones which launched in the UK in 2020 can be found here.

The BMW eDrive Zones service, available as standard on BMW plug-in hybrid models running the latest BMW Operating System 7.0, works using geo-fencing technology via GPS within the vehicle’s navigation system. The eDrive Zones in London and Birmingham are highlighted graphically on the vehicle’s Central Control Display navigation screen, so drivers can see their location.

This feature, which is enabled in customer vehicles as of today, covers the same geographic area as the TFL Congestion Charge/ULEZ zone in London, while in Birmingham the service covers the city’s planned Clean Air Zone, which is due to be implemented in 2021. BMW plans to introduce this technology in additional cities across the UK and Ireland in the future.

The BMW eDrive Zones service is now available as standard on BMW 330e, BMW 530e, BMW 745e and BMW X5 xDrive45e, with additional compatible models launching in the future. BMW eDrive Zones have also been made available via a free over-the-air software update for compatible BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles, meaning existing customers can also benefit from this technology.

The significant contribution plug-in hybrid vehicles can make to reducing tailpipe emissions in cities was demonstrated in an early trial of this technology, carried out in the Netherlands in 2018. Results of this research project showed 90 per cent of all routes within the trial zone in Rotterdam were driven in electric-only mode.

BMW Group production locations in the UK are also contributing towards the company’s global electromobility goals. BMW Group’s Hams Hall engine manufacturing plant, near Birmingham, assembles three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol engines that are at the heart of a number of BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles. By the end of 2020, it is expected that one in five engines built by the company in Birmingham will be destined for a plug-in hybrid vehicle, rising to around 25 per cent of engines built next year.

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Competition Now Closed

Bowker BMW centres in Blackburn and Preston are running a new competition with the first prize donated by Modern Mobility in Clitheroe and Blackburn. 

The first prize scooter is a Pride Go-Go ES8 Boot Scooter. The lightweight Go-Go ES8 can be easily dismantled and fits into the smallest of cars. Designed for exceptional durability, the Go-Go ES8 also provides great reliability.

Bowker BMW motability specialist, Andrew Holden, said: “I’ve spoken to hundreds of customers who struggle with their mobility. I’ve seen how the right blend of transport solutions can transform the lives of people who struggle to get around.

“This competition couldn’t be simpler. It’s for anyone in Lancashire who knows a friend or family member who would benefit most from a free mobility scooter. They can quickly nominate someone by sharing a couple of sentences that describe the reason they should win and the kind of impact that winning a free scooter will have on their lives.”

Modern Mobility sales manager, Russell Curry, said: “Like Bowker, we always try to offer a little bit extra for our customers when we can. By joining forces in this competition with Bowker we can do just that. This is a great way for two local businesses to work together. The scooter is a special prize for someone who is not as mobile as they would like to be.

“Andrew and I had a coffee and decided we should work together. When you share the same values, it really is that easy for businesses to collaborate! This competition is proof! Good luck to everyone who is nominated!”

In 2019, Bowker BMW’s Andrew Holden was crowned best Motability specialist in the country. The award recognised Andrew as the best from over 18,000 motability specialists in the country and acknowledges consistently high standards of service and support to customers of the Motability Car Scheme throughout 2018. 

If you know someone who you think deserves a new motability scooter, simply fill in the form below, or comment on our Facebook post here.

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    Entries can be made until 30th August 2021. The prize draw will be made in September.

    Discover all our Motability offers or contact our Motability expert Andrew Holden at Blackburn on 01254 274407, or the team at Preston on 01772 769976.

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    Nominations must be received by 5pm on 30th August 2021. Nominee must in reciept of High rate (DLA) Disability allowance or enhanced rate of PIP (personal independence payment).  A valid email address must be provided, unless applying on our Facebook page. The winner will be notified by Facebook/Instagram messenger or email once the prize draw has taken place. The prize must be collected from Bowker Blackburn BMW, a interview and photograph may be required when collecting the prize. No cash alternative.

    If you’ve never driven a convertible, you need to check out the BMW 4 Series, a sleek open-top four-seater that has power and pace.

    First impressions do count. Whether you’re choosing a house, a hotel, a pet or a partner – but especially when you’re choosing a car!

    From the moment you make eye contact you know whether this is the one for you. Hard to explain, it’s just a gut feeling.

    A feeling you certainly get when being first introduced to the BMW 4 Series Convertible – a sporty car of genuine elegance with instant, stop-you-in-your tracks appeal.

    Down the decades, convertibles have always had something of an edge over the rest on appearance, but this latest BMW variant is the new benchmark.

    And, difficult as it might be to believe, the handling and functionality are every bit as good as the look.

    Pure, dynamic, driving pleasure combined with the allure of exclusive open-air motoring, make this open-top, four-seater (not many of those around) a highly-compelling proposition in a competitive marketplace.

    First up, the overall handling is nothing short of magnificent. This is a car of power and pace, but one that holds the road superbly and takes the corners like a dream. Not at any point does it threaten to race out of your control.

    With a low centre of gravity and perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution and optimised aerodynamics, the BMW 4 Series Convertible offers sharp response across all petrol and diesel options with all models complying with the Euro 6d emissions standard.

    The flagship M440i xDrive comes with 374hp and 500Nm of torque and powers from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds. Supporting the twin power turbo six-cylinder petrol engine is a 48V mild hybrid battery, which helps with stop/start functionality, boosts acceleration and also delivers favourably in terms of fuel consumption.

    Impressive stuff, but you can expect excellence and performance whatever your fancy or budget, like eight-speed Steptronic transmission for starters.

    Inside there is an ambience of quality and flair with driver-centric cockpit design, electrically adjustable sports seats in the front with automatically extending and retracting belt feeders, Vernasca leather trim and seat heating, plus leather sports steering wheel. The two rear seats are individually styled and there are harmoniously designed surfaces on the instrument panel, door panel trim and rear passenger compartment.

    The BMW 4 Series Convertible perfectly suits both everyday journeys and longer distance trips. Storage options are surprisingly good and the top-class equipment make open-top driving an even more pleasurable experience.

    Optional wind deflectors can be stored behind the rear backrest and optional neck warmers are integrated into the front head restraints. Three-zone automatic climate control is standard and also available are ambient lighting features with welcome light carpet, Harman Kardon surround sound system and an auxiliary heating system controlled via smartphone or the BMW display key.

    There is front collision warning with brake intervention, lane departure warning including lane return with steering assistance and speed limit info system. Optional driving assistant professional adds a number of features including steering and lane control assistant with the new active navigation and emergency lane assistant functions. There is also innovative 3D visualisation of the surrounding area in the digital instrument cluster.

    Park distance control with sensors at the front and rear come as standard while an optional parking assistant also includes reversing assistant. The latest generation of BMW head-up display and BMW drive recorder are also available.

    The glorious BMW Operating System 7 provides the platform for individually configurable, personalised content in the control display (measuring up to 10.25 inches) and the optional 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster. There is intuitive, multimodal operation using the control display touchscreen, iDrive controller, steering wheel buttons or voice control and BMW intelligent personal assistant with new graphics in the control display.

    A cloud-based navigation system (BMW Maps) provides fast, precise calculation of routes and arrival times, real-time traffic data updated at frequent intervals and a facility for entering any word when searching for destination.

    Featuring Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and now also Android Auto, wireless connection via wi-fi, all information is shown in the control display, the instrument cluster and head-up display.

    In short, it wants for nothing. One leading motor critic, noted more for fault-finding than plaudits, termed it ‘highly-recommended’. High praise indeed.

    The BMW 4 Series Convertible is a motor for anyone who loves carefree driving, coupled with a touch of panache and excitement.

    If you’ve never tried a ‘drop top’ then check it out. You might well become a ‘convert’!

    Author: Paul Agnew.

    Source: Live Magazine, www.live-magazines.co.uk/become-a-convert/

    Bowker Motor Group and Ciceley Motorsport revealed their first partnership in the pursuit of national motorsport glory.

    The collaboration sees Bowker Motor Group’s BMW centre in Blackburn become the official parts provider for the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport Race Team. Bowker BMW will also support Ciceley Motorsport with two sponsored cars.

    The agreement comes at the start of Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport’s first Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship series driving BMW 3 Series with drivers Tom Chilton and Adam Morgan. 

    Bowker and Ciceley have been pillars of the North West business community for over 100 years and almost 50 years respectively. Bowker Motor Group’s sister company Bowker Transport is a customer of Ciceley Commercials too. The friendship between the family businesses doesn’t stop there.

    Blackburn-based Ciceley Motorsport driver Adam Morgan, and third generation of the Morgan family who owns Ciceley, reveals: “Both our families go way back. It goes beyond business. My grandad Brian Morgan and Bill Bowker were great friends. Subsequent generations have grown up together. And both families make no secret of our shared passion for Lancashire and motorsport. That’s why Bowker BMW’s support for this 2021 British Touring Car Championship season means so much.” 

    Bowker Motor Group director Chris Eccles said: “We’ve watched Ciceley Motorsport’s successes over the years with great interest. We love to see other Lancashire families flying the flag for the county on the national stage. Ciceley Motorsport team’s switch to BMW presented the perfect opportunity to agree a closer relationship with the team. We are excited to be involved and can’t wait to be part of the fun as this year’s British Touring Car Championship story takes shape.”

    At Brand Hatch last weekend, Adam Morgan claimed the ninth victory of his BTCC career, leading from start-to-finish in round nine of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at the famous Kent venue.

    Bowker BMW joins other Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport sponsors including North West-based Car Gods, Tetrosyl and Nitrox Fuel Additives.

    Preston-based motorcycle retailer Bowker Motorrad has sponsored British Superbike Championship racing team PR Racing since the 2017 season.

    Following Bowker BMW’s partnership with Ciceley Motorsport’s British Touring Car Championship Team – Car Gods Racing, we want to keep you up-to-date with their progression throughout the season. Below you can find the race reports from each race weekend throughout the season. Race reports will be added the week following the race.

    Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport rounds out 2021

    Another action-packed weekend for Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport resulted in Tom Chilton’s best weekend of the season for the team and more gritty performances from Adam Morgan in their BMW 330i M Sports.

    Tom took a season-best of 10th in qualifying while Adam was only 16th and at a loss to immediately explain where the time went missing. A damper change improved his BMW for raceday and he was set to make progress in the opening race. Tom, meanwhile, made a good start and fought his way into the mix pulling a beautiful switchback move as he worked his way to ninth place, his best finish of the season. Adam gained places off the start but was then hung out to dry on the outside line at Druids on the opening lap, which meant that he lost the ground that he had just won.

    Adam pulled himself on to the tail of a long line of cars but with the field so evenly matched, making progress was tough. By the last lap, Adam had hunted down Chris Smiley and in a typical never-say-die performance, Adam prised open the door exiting the final corner and the two cars ran side-by-side to the line. As the flag dropped, Adam was ahead by just 19-thousandths of a second. It was only for 14th place, but it put Adam one row higher up the order for race two.

    The second race began with a bang when Tom’s Bowker BMW-backed car tried to dive up the inside of Ollie Jackson at the left-hander of Surtees. The gap disappeared as Tom committed to the move which resulted in contact that spun Ollie around and it was collected by Tom Oliphant’s BMW…which then knocked Jackson’s crippled car into the patch of Adam. Damaged suspension put The Morganator out of the race on the spot. With Adam a spectator, Tom battled on to take eighth, his car running 15 kilos of success ballast, the first time Tom had needed to lug the extra weight around this season. Eighth place for Tom was his best result of the season as all the hard work that the team and Tom had put in paid dividends.

    For the final race of the season, Adam would line up 29th and last in his Mac Tools supported repaired car and Tom second, on the outside of the front row. As the lights went out, Tom made a good getaway to fend off Ash Sutton for the bulk of the first lap, but as Tom defended the inside at Westfield, his line took him wide out of the corner and Sutton bolted ahead. Tom also came under attack from Dan Rowbottom which made a bold move on the outside at Druids as lighter, front-wheel drive cars came into the equation and pushed Tom back to sixth, still an even better result to round out the season on a positive note. “I’ve never worked so hard,” smiled Tom after race three, “but it felt really good to be up near the front and part of the leading pack.

    Adam, meanwhile, had to fight through the traffic and battled his way from 29th to 16th, narrowly missing out on the final point after a typical gutsy performance. “It was nice to finish the race and not be a spectator,” joked Adam.

    “We have had a bad last four events really with factors outside of our control, but on the whole we have had a really good first season with the BMW. We have learnt a lot about the car and Tom and I have also had to learn to drive it and adjust our racecraft and our driving accordingly. Little things like how a car reacts to a slide or the way of trying to race with someone are different in rear-wheel drive cars and we both have more front-wheel drive experience. We have had two wins which is really good and we have developed the car well to carry weight, so it has been rewarding in the wins that we have had and in terms of what we have learnt.”

    Adam ended the season 13th in the championship with Tom 19th, Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport ninth in the Teams’ Championship.

    Said Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess: “It’s been another weekend of highs and lows but it has been fantastic to see all of Tom’s hard work reap rewards with race results that became better and better in each race. He’s worked really hard to get on top of rear-wheel drive this season so it has been a real boost for all of us to see a top six to round out the season. Adam was just in the wrong place at the wrong time in race two and the damage affected two races for him.

    “We can look back at a really good season though. We have had a new sponsor on the cars with Car Gods joining us this season and as the world has opened up we have been able to welcome them and their guests to race weekends and enjoy first-hand the drama in the BTCC. It has been a new car and a new transmission for us to learn about and two wins are fantastic in our maiden year with the BMW. Everyone at Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport can be very proud of 2021 and with hybrid technology coming in for 2022, we want to be up at the front fighting for wins and titles.”

    The 2022 British Touring Car Championship kicks off at Donington Park on April 23/24.

    Donington drama for Ciceley with Car Gods

    A tough day for the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport squad at Donington Park highlighted the highs and lows of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship yesterday.

    Adam Morgan started the weekend on a high in his BMW 330i M Sport but a hefty accident in the opening race not only put him out of the opening contest but also gave the team a mammoth task in repairing the car. Tom Chilton, as ever, gave his all in the second car and bagged three top 20 finishes in the ultra-competitive championship.

    Adam’s pace in free practice was a boost heading into qualifying, but Adam never quite got an ideal lap. Each time he was on a quick run, there would be traffic in the way that cost a fraction of time and with drivers split by thousandths of a second around the 1.9-mile circuit, every fraction of time gained was essential.

    That left Adam 11th on the grid and Tom, who also had a tough session, 19th, but both were confident of making progress in race one. Adam was doing just that as he stormed through the opening lap, but on lap three came the turning point of Adam’s weekend: as Ollie Jackson’s Ford ran wide at the Old Hairpin, Adam went for a move alongside but as Jackson rejoined the road, he crowded The Morganator into Jake Hill’s Ford Focus and the resulting contact speared Adam into the tyre wall. A huge amount of damage was done to the rear of the car and it was a mightily frustrated Adam who stepped from his crumpled car.

    “When I looked at the replay, I saw Jackson inadvertently pushed me over to Jake and I just got pinched. It was a racing incident but it did a lot of damage to the car.”

    Both rear corners needed replacing and both chassis legs were badly damaged as well. Car builder Willie Poole joined the Ciceley Motorsport mechanics who toiled away to get the car ready for race two, but time was against them.

    “It would have been a massive push to get the car ready for race two and it would have been in a bent car which would have been a risk. With 30 minutes to go, we decided to sit out the race as there was still a lot of work to do.”

    But the amazing work of the Accrington-based team had the car on the grid for race three, which Adam and his experienced race engineer Steve Farrell elected to treat as a test session in readiness for Brands Hatch in two week’s time.

    “I wasn’t trying to race anyone, it was a case of looking for clear track space and do some laps. Drive through the pits, let people get away, press on and see what the car was doing. That was the plan. It felt OK, we were on an old set of tyres but data was good. We have also looked at different set-ups and what we have learnt so far seems to be step in the right direction.”

    That left Tom Chilton to uphold the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport team’s honour. After a safety car triggered by Adam’s off in the opener, Tom bagged 19th and secured 20th in race two. After a frantic third race, and a pre-race discussion with ITV live from the car, Tom crossed the line in 18th place.

    Tom said: “It was a tough day again. I just haven’t got the best out of this car and I don’t want to be filling up the field to make the others look good. I drove as hard as could and was racing in some good battles but I want to be higher up the order. I love racing, and it was busy where I was, but I want to be higher up. In race three I got a tap and then in a sandwich so it’s all going on back there but I want more podiums.”

    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “More than anything today has underlined what a great team we have and how everyone thinks of the big picture. As soon as Adam had his accident, our day changed but everyone worked together for the good of the team. The mechanics made the car race worthy again, Adam and Steve Farrell changed their strategy for the day to garner data for Brands Hatch and on Tom’s side of the garage, he drove his heart out to try to move higher up the order. All our Car Gods guests enjoyed a day of amazing racing and experienced the highs and lows of the championship, but the best news was that Adam was OK after the crash and to have the car back on track was an astonishing effort from the team. On days like this you forget that you have had two wins this season and that is still an excellent record in our first year with this car.

    “We go to Brands Hatch looking to round out the season on a high and to see our Car Gods deliver once again.”

    The final races in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship are at Brands Hatch on October 23/24, with qualifying live on itv.com/btcc on Saturday and the raceday action live on ITV4 on Sunday October 24th.

    Race Gods battle through challenging weekend.

    Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport drivers Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton batted through a tough weekend at Silverstone in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship with the pair’s pace going unrewarded.

    Tom lined up 11th for the opening race despite a massive spin at Copse Corner, which peeled the rear left tyre off the wheel rim. Debris on the track caused a stoppage but Tom was able to rejoin and narrowly missed the cut to make it into the top 10 for the second part of the session. Adam, meanwhile, had an engine change in advance of qualifying but the team struggled for time to then put an optimum set-up on the car, meaning Adam was left to battle to 21st on the grid, just half a second away from pole position illustrating how tight the grid was on the 1.6-mile circuit.

    In the opening race, Tom found himself in a four-way battle but was elbowed out wide which allowed a swarm of cars to blast past and condemned him to 20th place while poor Adam was a victim of a collision at the first corner with an errant Andy Neate, which punctured two tyres on his Bowker BMW-backed 330i M Sport and did plenty of damage to the side of the car. Adam was forced to retire due to the damage.

    Both BMWs lined up for race two with Tom and Adam determined to make progress. Tom stormed his way up to 13th place, narrowly missing out on the top 12 for the reverse grid draw but putting himself in the points while Adam climbed from 26th to 17th, illustrating the pace of the BMW but also aware that overtaking was difficult, a factor raised by many different drivers during the day.

    “Without an option tyre to shake things up, it seemed hard to overtake,” opined Adam. “The cars are really evenly matched these days and the team are operating at a high level so qualifying is all-important for the weekend. Getting through the pack was really hard.”

    For race three, the cars lined up 13th and 17th but again Tom and Adam found it hard to work through the traffic. Tom’s race was stymied when involved in a fight early in the race when he and Sam Osborne brushed coming out of the high-speed Copse Corner and Tom had a second wild spin of the weekend, recovering to finish 28th, while Adam pushed hard to bag 16th place at flagfall.

    “I thought I had a big enough gap over Osborne,” said Tom, “and that was annoying because I think I could have cleared the next three or four cars easily on the run up to Becketts. I was flying so I am happy with my pace in the car but it seems to take me to the end of the weekend to get there because I am a beginner in rear-wheel cars, really. I need to be faster sooner in the weekend.”

    “I am still needing to learn a bit about racecraft in rear-wheel drive cars,” said an honest Adam at the end of the day. “In front-wheel drive cars I would know exactly what to do and where to be, but perhaps there were some wasted laps here whereas I could have made a move sooner in front-wheel drive, so that is down to me. The pace was OK and I think that if we had started in the top 10 we would have stayed there all day.”

    Adam, as the higher-scoring driver, now lies 11th in the championship with Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport eighth in the Teams’ Championship, while Adam is fifth in the Independent drivers’ standings.

    The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship moves to Donington Park on October 9/10 with qualifying on itv.com/btcc on Saturday with all the raceday action on ITV4 on Sunday October 10th.

    Chilton and Morgan score well at Croft.

    Pace and points in Yorkshire for Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport.



    The two Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sports of Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton showed impressive pace at Croft, North Yorkshire, this weekend as the Bowker BMW-backed cars batted to points finishes in all three Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship races.

    Adam Morgan bagged two top 10 finishes with team-mate Tom Chilton doing the same in race three and illustrating his pace with the fastest lap of race two.

    Adam qualified an impressive fifth (carrying 33kg of success ballast) recovering after a minor gearbox issue early in the session to put his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW on the inside of row three with Tom qualifying 15th in a difficult session that was twice interrupted. That meant that finding an opportunity to complete a run between stoppages was very difficult.

    From the start of race one Adam was in the middle of a multi-car battle but he was on the medium compound tyre, the harder of the two choices at Croft and those drivers on the option soft rubber, to be used once over the day, were proving faster. That meant Adam dropped behind Josh Cook before Chris Smiley went for a narrow gap at the Hairpin and wriggled past with four laps to go. Adam netted eighth place, a little frustrated.

    “I thought that I would have held my place or gone forward,” he said, “but the cars on the soft tyre proved to be quick for a few laps and as they came though it affected the flow of the battle. There was a long line of us all fighting and if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, you could lose places so points and losing some of the success weight for race two isn’t all bad.”

    Race two proved to be more of the same as Adam, now with 21 kilos of weight and the softer tyre, found himself in another massive queue of cars, all jousting for position and trying not to lose ground. “All it took was to try one move and you could leave the door open for someone else,” explained The Morganator. “It was a really brutal race with a lot of rubbing as everyone was desperate to make a move stick, but at the same time trying to overtake was a big risk. Nothing really fell my way and no gaps opened up ahead of me and instead I lost a place which is frustrating. The consolation is that I took ninth, scored points and lost more weight but I was hoping for more.”

    Adam’s weekend contained more frustration in race three when he was involved in a big battle for seventh place with Jake Hill. Having already gained places from ninth on the grid, Adam, with just 15 kilos of weight on the car, was crawling all over Hill as they approached the Complex and as Hill’s car slid slightly, it caught Adam’s BMW and sent it into a spin. Worse was that, Adam had to wait for the engine to fire up again and then find a gap in the traffic before he could rejoin. The dramas dropped him to 21st before he charged back into 17th place at the chequered flag.

    “I’m really frustrated, to say the least. I was quicker and lighter than Hill but he was being really defensive and he was on the limit. That made his car nervous and it touched mine but that was all it took to send me into a spin. At least I could fight back and gain a few places before the flag but that race could, should, have been so much better.”

    Team-mate Tom Chilton had a consistent day, netting 11th in the opening race as he battled up from 15th on the grid, but was unlucky in the second race as he was involved in first lap dramas that whacked his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW into a spin. “Who didn’t hit me…?” asked Tom, ruefully.

    A mighty fightback from 27th to 17th was an inspired drive, Tom unlucky to miss out on a place in the top 15 for championship points but he did secure the bonus point for the fastest lap of the race, proof of how Tom is becoming increasingly confident in the rear-wheel drive machine. From 17th on the grid for race three, Tom blasted his way to 10th place after another attacking drive that illustrated his pace and confidence in the car.

    Said Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess: “Today was mixed for Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport. I have never in 8 years seen Adam so frustrated after a race weekend. We showed really good pace because both cars were really good at running up near the front and overtaking, plus Tom took the fastest lap of the second race. So we know our cars perfectly set up and fast, as well as reliable, so that is really positive in our first year with the BMW. The cards just didn’t fall our way, though, and results didn’t reflect what we are capable of but with Silverstone in just a week’s time, at least we aren’t staring two badly damaged cars, the teams spanners are going to be getting some hammer getting the cars ready to leave on Wednesday! We will be back fighting at the front again next week, and Tom’s pace was fantastic, he can’t wait for the next round”

    Adam lies ninth in the championship with Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport eighth in the BTCC Teams Championship. Adam is fourth in the Independents Trophy with the team fifth in the Independent Teams Championship.

    After a quick turnaround, the Kwik Fit British Touring Car heads to Silverstone, Northamptonshire, next weekend on September 25/26 with qualifying shown on itv.com/btcc on Saturday and all the raceday action on Sunday September 26 on ITV4.

    Car God Morgan powers to second victory of the 2021 BTCC race season.

    Adam Morgan blasted his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport to a second win of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season at Thruxton, Hampshire, yesterday, to vault up to sixth in the championship.

    Adam, who had been in the mix all day, started the final race of the day on pole position, benefitting from the reverse grid system that drew him for the first place on the grid. Adam made a peach of a start and bolted into the lead from the factory-supported BMW of Colin Turkington, but their battle was interrupted by an early safety car period after Gordon Shedden and Jade Edwards tangled at the first corner.

    Adam left his restart late but still managed to get the drop on Colin once more, the Bowker BMW-backed machine edging away to up the margin to around half a second before a second safety car period was needed after an accident at the Complex. As soon as the road was cleared the action resumed and Adam again bolted away to protect his lead as Turkington, who was carrying 39 kilos of success ballast to Adam’s 21, tried to stay with him. Turkington needed to be careful of the pack behind with the lighter car of Senna Proctor bearing down on him. Just as The Morganator looked to be safe, a third safety car period was called for after Ollie Jackson’s car became stranded trackside and Adam had to control another restart. He did so perfectly, but his front right tyre was starting to suffer and Adam made a tiny error heading into the chicane, which forced him to use the escape road rather than try to make the corner. That enabled him to pull away from Turkington, but Adam eased his pace a little so as not to have been adjudged to have gained an unfair advantage and that allowed Turkington to get closer again late race.

    Adam held on, however, to a 10th career win and the second of the season for Car Gods and Ciceley Motorsport operating its new car.

    Speaking to ITV post-race, Adam said: “It’s always hard in a reverse grid race because they seem to throw everything at you like three safety car periods! My Mac Tools supported car felt great in that race and all the tweaks that we have made over the weekend all came good and it has been getting better and better.

    “There was immense pressure in that race from Colin but I’ve done a lot of training in the iZone sim and all that experience paid off but I did make a little mistake at the chicane and locked up. I knew I wasn’t going to make the corner so it was safer to miss the corner rather than risk going off. I had Colin in my mirrors, he was applying pressure and I missed the braking point by a metre. My front right tyre was really worn but could I have held Colin off if he’d caught me? Yes.

    “My engineer Steve Farrell was on the radio suggesting I should back it off and my tyre was well worn anyway, but a win is a win. It’s a mega result for the whole Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport team.”

    Adam had started the day sixth on the grid for the opening race and netted a seventh place at the finish of a frantic race, while he took eighth in race two after being involved in plenty of battles along the way. In race one, Adam felt the car wasn’t perfect and, “felt like a passenger rather than driving the car,” but with success ballast in race two the car felt much better.

    “WSR has been a great help but it is really satisfying for an independent team like ours to beat the works cars.”

    The second Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW of Tom Chilton netted 14th in the opening race, Tom’s 400th BTCC start but struggled in races two and three to finish 17th.

    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “That was a fantastic day for Adam and for the whole team. Thruxton is an important circuit for Car Gods with lots of trackside sponsorship and all of our guests were delighted with a great day of racing as well as Adam’s win. He drove brilliantly to fend off the renowned BMW master Colin Turkington, so that is a major boost for him as a driver and us as a team as well as vindicating our decision to go with the BMWs this year. He’s up to sixth in the championship and our cars just keep on improving the more we learn, so we can’t wait to go to Croft now and aim for more wins.”

    Adam is now up to sixth in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and fourth in the Independent Drivers title race, with Tom 21st overall. Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport lies eighth in the Teams’ Championship and fifth in the Independent Teams’ contest.

    The next races are at Croft, North Yorkshire, on September 18/19 with qualifying on itv.com/btcc on Saturday 18th with all the raceday action on ITV4 on Sunday September 19th.

    Tough day in Scotland for Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport



    Leading Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship Team, Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport are reflecting on a tough weekend at Knockhill, Fife, after drivers Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton raced hard all weekend.

    On the 1.2-mile Scottish circuit, the two Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport drivers were up for the battle going into qualifying but with commitment absolute and track space crucial, Adam had an off at the fast chicane, his Bowker BMW-backed 330i M Sport sliding sideways into the gravel and ending its session early. “I was a bit greedy with the kerb,” explained Adam. “That threw me off the road.” Thirteenth on the grid was Adam’s reward, which could have been much worse but would make life tough going into the opening 24-lap race of the weekend. Tom also struggled for clear track space and would line up 16th for the opening race of the weekend.

    In front of a big and enthusiastic Scottish crowd on a chilly raceday, the two Race Gods were ready for the fight. Adam was in determined mood from the start, taking his BMW to fight the traffic ahead but in a frantic opening lap, found himself losing places rather than gaining. “I was having a battle with Dan Lloyd and went up the inside at Clark’s which put me in a slide and I lost a few places and then the same happened at the hairpin so I dropped to 17th.”

    That meant Adam spent the race fighting back into contention, carrying 39 kilos of success ballast for running fifth in the championship. Pulling some brave moves under braking, Adam worked his way back into the points. “After the first lap, I had to fight back but spent the race working back up to 13th, rather than making progress from my grid position. That was frustrating, but we were happy with the pace of the car so there was definitely a big positive to take from the race.”

    Adam would start 13th on the grid once more for race two, with a tweak to the balance of the car. Determined to make progress, Adam used a big chunk of kerb at the Chicane to get the run on the traffic, but the car became unsettled and had a spin on the opening lap of the race. “That dropped me to 27th,” recalled Adam, “but I then worked my way back up to 16th so the pace of the car was really good. Again, that was really pleasing but I was cross with myself that I was using it to recover and not to go forward. We had also taken the weight out of the car which made it feel different but overall the car felt good.”

    Race three would employ the semi-reverse grid but Adam missed out on it and thus had to start 16th. More balance changes were made but Adam had to run the regulation harder tyre that each driver had to use in one of the three races. That was regarded as the slower tyre so Adam found it harder to battle up the order, netting a second 13th place of the day.

    “It’s been a frustrating weekend. It could have been three top 10 finishes, but the key to it was qualifying. If I hadn’t had my off I could have used a second set of tyres, qualified higher and been out of the dramas, so it is certainly a reminder just how important qualifying is.”

    The second Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport of Tom Chilton also had a frustrating weekend, Tom suffering with the traffic in qualifying and lining up 16th after the twice-interrupted session. In the opening race, Tom battled up to 13th place. “I felt quite fast this weekend, I felt quite racy especially on the softer tyre. I was on a real charge in race one and I got up from 16th to 12th which was good.”

    In race two, Tom underlined his pace by rocketing his Haydock Finance support BMW up to the top six and then started to battle with Aiden Moffat, but as Tom pressed on, a tiny drama at the Chicane upset his progress.

    “I made a mistake at the Chicane chasing Aiden and I had to do a Scandinavian flick to try to control it, but instead, that was followed by a 360-degree spin! I was disappointed with myself because I had been flying before that, but it proves that I am not just needing to learn about the car itself but also how to race it. After so many years in front-wheel drive machinery, I would have responded differently to the slide but a rear-wheel drive car behaves differently – and not as I wanted!”

    The spin dropped Tom down the order and he ended the race 25th and on the harder tyre also struggled to make progress in race three against the bulk of the grid on softer rubber. The team elected to retain the race two set-up but that proved to be the wrong decision with the harder tyre behaving differently, but the Accrington-based squad felt that the data was very useful. Tom ended the race 23rd.

    “I am 75% of the way there to being on top of a rear-wheel drive car so I am definitely getting there! I am getting faster and more confident all the time, so I am looking forward to Thruxton and another step forward.”

    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “That was one of the weekends that reminds you how tough this championship can be. We had great pace, two really committed drivers and they drove as hard as they could, but the cards just didn’t fall right. You get weekends like that, but we take the positives of good pace and no damage meaning we will come out fighting at Thruxton. Our cars looked amazing dancing over the kerbs, although the team were a little frustrated, We had lots of Car Gods guests on site, which was fantastic. To be able to welcome back our partners and involve them in the BTCC is just what we have been waiting for and they all had a great day watching cracking racing. The Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport will be back at Thruxton where we raced in May, so we have data already and we are determined to bag more wins and podium finishes.”

    The weekend’s results drop Adam to 10th in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, but he is looking forward to fighting back next time out. The next races in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship are at Thruxton, Hampshire, on August 28/29 with qualifying on itv.com/btcc on Saturday August 28th and the full raceday action broadcast on ITV4 on Sunday August 29th.

    Morgan and Chilton enjoy solid Oulton Park BTCC weekend.

    A fantastic weekend of consistent pace netted a tremendous haul of point for Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park.

    On home soil and in front of a massive and enthusiastic crowd, Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton worked wonders in their BMW 330i M Sports to take a brace of podium finishes and two further top 10 results.

    Qualifying netted sixth for Adam while Tom struggled in traffic on the narrow Cheshire circuit and wound up 22nd but up for the fight come raceday. Race one was a tense affair, interrupted by a multiple accident that caused the race to be stopped and re-started. When the race resumed, Adam was eager to repeat his Oulton Park win of 2020 and chased Gordon Shedden as he tried to wriggle by for second place. Triple champion Shedden was able to preserve the place and deny. The Morganator second, but Adam was happy with his podium finish, running on the harder medium tyre which was regarded to be slightly slower than the softer tyre used by the two winning cars.

    “Oulton tends to be a bogey circuit for us, apart from last year’s win, so I am really chuffed to be on the podium in our first race here in the BMW. Gordon just had the edge on the soft tyres but a podium was a really good start to the day, especially as we were ahead of the works cars. Our Bowker BMW guests are over the moon!”

    Adam started race three from third on the grid, now with 57 kilos of success ballast and running the softer tyre. As race leader Dan Rowbottom tried to defend his team-mate Gordon Shedden, Rory Butcher took the lead and Adam nipped ahead of Shedden for third place. As Butcher edged away, Rowbottom kept Accrington-based Adam at bay, with the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW having to fend off the quick Jake Hill which was lighter from race one.

    “That was tough,” reckoned Adam. “I was busy trying to get past Dan and needing to make sure Jake didn’t get by so it was a busy race but a second podium of the day is really satisfying and the points are very welcome as well.”

    For race three, with the semi-reverse grid, Adam started seventh again with 57 kilos of success ballast and with the slower medium tyre again. It as always going to be a tough race and it was one that was punctuated by a number of accidents on the crowded track. Adam finished fifth after losing out to a forceful Aiden Moffat on the opening tour, the Scotsman being uncompromising in his efforts to get by in his Infiniti. “Aiden was a bit keen and the rub just affected the car a bit but the weight and the tyres were the main factors for pace in that race. To be honest though, after years of bad luck here, two thirds and a fifth and no real dramas is bliss! We can go home with the knowledge of a job well done and not having to rebuild or repair anything so we are really happy.”

    After his troubled qualifying, Tom Chilton’s second Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW just missed out on points in race one to finish 17th, but Tom bagged 13th in race two and kept clear of strife in race three to take ninth place for his best result of the season.

    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “We have had a fantastic day with some great results in front of a proper crowd for the first time since 2019. Our Car Gods Engineering team and both drivers have adapted to the cars and rear wheel as opposed to front wheel drive at a quite unbelievable rate. Tom’s pace and top ten finish in race 3 has us hoping that he has found that tiny little piece of his jigsaw that was missing, he’s a class act and once he gets fully to grips with the car, we will all be a real force to reckon with. All our guests have loved being back at a BTCC event and they have been treated to plenty of drama as well! Adam drove really well all day and two podium finishes are a great reward for all the effort that the team is putting in and we just keep getting stronger. With the results we are achieving as an independent team, outscoring the works cars again, we are really buzzing.”

    The results move Adam to fifth in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport to eighth in the Teams’ Championship.

    The next races are at Knockhill, Fife, on August 14/15. Qualifying will be shown live on itv.com with all the raceday action live on ITV4 on Sunday August 15th.

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    Car God Morgan motors to maiden BMW win.

    Adam Morgan made history at Brands Hatch in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship yesterday by becoming the first independent driver to win a round of the championship in a BMW 330i M Sport. He thus gave the Ciceley Motorsport team their first win operating the BMW.

    Starting from pole position in the reverse grid race, Adam blasted away from the line in his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW to head the pack throughout the 24-lap race chased by former team-mate Aiden Moffat, who became embroiled in a battle with Jack Goff. That allowed The Morganator to break away and build his lead, even coping with late-race drizzle to take a ninth career win. Running new brake discs and pads for the race, Adam had to adapt to the feel of his car on the opening laps, but after some guidance from Chief Engineer Steve Farrell, Adam majestically extended his advantage to take his first win in his Bowker BMW-backed 330i M Sport.

    “I’m very happy. I started the first race 21st on the grid so straight away we had to think about our weekend and aim to get in the mix for the reverse grid race. I adjusted the balance in the early stages but I kept locking up and had to get on top of that. It is a brilliant way to end the weekend. It is only our third event with this car so it is fantastic to repay our sponsors and everyone in the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport team with a win.”

    Adam had missed out on a perfect lap in qualifying with the frantic nature of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit making him a martyr to traffic. As a result of not finding a clear lap, and losing one lap time for exceeding track limits, 21st was his reward. With his elbows out, Adam had two physical races, the first race netting 17th and the second 12th. That translated to pole position on the semi-reversed grid for race three and the maiden victory.

    The second Car Gods, Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport of Tom Chilton also struggled to find a clear lap in qualifying resulting in Tom starting 24th for the opening race. With everyone so evenly matched, progress wasn’t easy but he fought up to 19th place. Adjustments were made to the set-up of the car for race two which allowed Tom to charge further up the field to 13th place behind Adam, but just missing out on the cut for the reverse grid.

    “The car was mega in race two,” opined Tom. “We worked on the set-up and it was so good that for race three we decided to go one more click. That, though, was one click too far so we ended up with a slower car for race three, but the positive aspect is that I know the limit of that set-up adjustment now. It is all about learning about a car that is new to me and the team, so I can’t wait for Oulton Park.”

    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “Wow! What a result that is, so early in our association with BMW. Adam did a great job in race three, with the weather trying to trip us up and having the entire field breathing down his neck, but he didn’t crack, drove smoothly to build the gap and looked dominant up front. To prove that an independent team like Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport can win in these cars and they are not just the domain of a works team is really good for the championship. WSR deserve thanks for the build, but it was quite a moment to beat the masters of these cars! Thanks, should also go to Tom Chilton, Tom has been very unlucky with incidents and traffic so far this year, but his day will come. Tom is instrumental in the development of the cars along with Nick Sylvester his Engineer and of course Adam and Chief Engineer Steve Farrell. The whole team, sponsors, mechanics, chef’s, bottle washers and family deserve this win. We are blown away with the win so early in the year and, as always, go to Oulton Park in a really positive mood now and can’t wait to welcome more of our fans and guests back trackside to cheer on the Car Gods!”

    The weekend’s results move Adam up to 11th in the championship and the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport squad now eighth in the Teams’ standings. 

    The next races in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship will be at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on July 31st/August 1st. Qualifying will be shown live on itv.com/btcc on Saturday with all the raceday action live on ITV4 on August 1st.

    Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport bags three top-eight finishes in Snetterton scorcher.

    Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport is celebrating another positive weekend in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship in which Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton again proved the pace of their BMW 330i M Sports, with Adam taking three top eight finishes at Snetterton in Norfolk.

    In hot conditions on Saturday, Adam and Tom’s main focus was the two-part qualifying session, with the top 10 progressing to the final shoot-out. In the first 25-minute part, Adam qualified 10th while Tom finished 13th. With one car subsequently excluded, Tom moved up to 12th on the race one grid, whilst Adam took his Bowker BMW-supported car into Q2 where he battled to sixth and was then promoted to fifth after the disqualification of Gordon Shedden for a rear wing infringement.

    “I’m pleased with that,” said Adam. “The car has really good pace and should be suited to Snetterton, so I’m optimistic for raceday.”

    In sweltering conditions, Adam made a good start from fifth on the grid for the opening race and was soon in a battle with Ollie Jackson, Dan Lloyd and Stephen Jelley (BMW 330i M Sport). On the softer, grippier, option tyre, Adam was fighting hard and had moved up to fifth when he snagged a brake into the Esses and locked up a wheel. That affected his front left tyre which started to deteriorate over the remaining distance around the three-mile lap.

    “That really hurt us,” explained Adam. “I was on the radio soon afterwards saying ‘This tyre isn’t going to last’ so I had to back off to look after it. I dropped to seventh but even when I was braking earlier to look after the tyre, I still overtook Dan Lloyd for sixth pace so I’m really pleased. I’m not sure it would have lasted another lap, though.”

    Adam’s hard-earned sixth place was in contrast to Tom’s opening race when he was helped into a spin on the final lap, which dropped his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW to 21st place.

    It also meant that Tom had a lot of work to do in race two, starting 21st, but as he charged his BMW into the first hairpin on the opening lap, he became a victim of the traffic all stacking up ahead of him. “There is always a concertina effect,” explained Tom. “I was about one car length back from the car ahead at turn two but suddenly the field seemed to stop and I just couldn’t stop in time. It was unbelievable how quickly all the traffic backed up and then it happened again into turn four which broke my bonnet so I was then staring at bodywork!” With damage, Tom was forced to retire the car.

    Adam, from sixth on the grid, had lots of understeer early in the race which then became oversteer as the race progressed. “It was difficult to get traction and pick up power,” he explained. “It was very difficult for everyone in the heat, and in terms of pace we weren’t far away, but it was just so hot! I locked up in a couple of corners and we made a few adjustments after race one, but they weren’t quite what we needed. I’m happy with eighth thought because it is more points and shows that we can run up near the front.”

    Adam missed out on the reverse grid, seventh being the place that would translate to pole, so he started eighth and Tom 28th for the final race. Again, both rear-wheel drive cars made good starts, with Adam’s car having undergone some more set-up changes. “We made the rear of the car more settled,” he explained, “but we had a bit more understeer in the high-speed sections. It was quite a brutal race with lots of contact, but my goal was a top 10 and I finished eighth, so overall I’m pretty happy.”

    Tom said: “I was a bit Cautious Charlie after not finishing race two, but we made some tweaks that made the car really fast and I got through from 28th to 19th. I reckon that could have been higher but I was held up in traffic early on and I really didn’t want to risk it too much for fear of not finishing. By the end of the race, the car was working really well and the whole grid was coming to me. I wish we could have race four now…!”

    Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said:

    Everyone’s talking about the weather but we are focussing on the pace of our Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMWs. The cars have shown really good speed this weekend and three top eight finishes for Adam shows that we are in the mix and our first win of 2021 isn’t far away.

    The results from Snetterton put Adam 11th and Tom 20th in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship standings with Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport ninth in the Teams Championship. The next races in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship are at Brands Hatch, Kent, on June 26th/27th. Qualifying will be shown on itv.com on Saturday June 26th with all the raceday action on Sunday June 27th live on ITV4.

    Promising debut for Bowker BMW partner Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport as BTCC bursts in action.

    Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship Team Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport began a new chapter in its history at Thruxton, Hampshire, with excellent pace and a weekend full of data to kick-start its 2021 campaign.

    Adam Morgan and new recruit Tom Chilton hit a damp track on Saturday morning for free practice, an essential session to fine-tune their brand-new BMW 330i M Sports for the all-important qualifying session later in the day.

    In a session that began wet but dried out towards the end, the correct tyre choice at the right moment was crucial. Tom bounced back from a clutch drama earlier in the day to take 20th on the grid, while Adam was 14th and ready for raceday.

    The opening race was dry and, for Adam, “A baptism of fire! A real step into the unknown.” With Thruxton being the fastest circuit in the UK, all the cars running Goodyear’s hard tyre and limited running having been achieved on a dry road, the Car Gods drivers had much to contend with. A lap one accident brought out the safety car, but on the restart, Adam battled his way up to eighth place. “I was happy to get into the top 10 but it wasn’t easy. I’m still learning about the car and about the best set-up, but that was a really encouraging start to the season.”

    Tom bagged 14th after suffering when his fuel pump failed on the apex of the first corner. “That was a bit scary,” he confessed, as he limped back to the pit lane allowing the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport team as much time as possible to gather their Mac Tools and work on the car.

    After making changes to his car following the first race, Adam felt confident, but an early clash with Tom Ingram put him off the road at high-speed forcing him to make a pit stop, followed by another coming together with Gordon Shedden at the last corner and spun, coming home in 21st place.

    Race three was another weather-affected lottery with rain falling as the cars came to the grid. Tom, 26th on the grid, elected to start on wets while Adam, 21st, began the race on slicks. The race ebbed and flowed for both drivers as the road dried and Adam charged up to 11th, but then the rain came again, and Tom charged up to 12th place. Just like qualifying, the correct tyre at the right time was crucial and as the rain fell again late-race, Tom hung on to 13th spot while Adam, now grip-less on slicks, used his rallying experience to take 18th position, despite a spin.

    The next races in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship are at Snetterton, Norfolk, on June 12/13. Qualifying will be shown on itv.com on Saturday June 12th with all the race day action on Sunday June 13th live on ITV4.

    Our Product Genius’ get asked a lot about plug-in hybrids. Most of the time it is the same question, so we decided to put their answers and insights all in one place. See below for the most common misconceptions of a Plug-in Hybrid:

    PHEVs have a combustion engine and an electric motor, which means their range is not limited. The two can operate together or independently, providing the flexibility of local emission-free electric driving over shorter distances and efficient petrol power for longer journeys.

    The best way to experience a plug-in hybrid is from behind the wheel. Why not book a test drive online* so you can compare a PHEV to a regular combustion engine car? Why not use our online comparison tool to compare PHEV performance stats with regular combustion engine models.

    PHEVs offer impressive lifetime savings over combustion engine models.

    All electric cars are built to meet the same strict design and manufacturing regulations as petrol and diesel vehicles.
    Visit the Euro NCAP website to find detailed information on the safety ratings of all BMW PHEVs.

    All BMW PHEVs are classed as ‘ultra-low emission vehicles’, with CO₂ emissions of less than 62g/km and
    as low as 27g/km for the X5 xDrive45e. You can read more about PHEV efficiency and emissions here.

    A 2020 report analysed real-world maintenance and repair cost data from thousands of households, concluding that PHEVs cost half as much to maintain as standard combustion engine vehicles.

    BMW now offers 16 plug-in hybrid models in saloon, estate, MPV and SUV body styles. You can explore each model in detail online. By 2023, The BMW Group will have 25 electrified models in its range, 12 of which will be fully electric.

    The BMW ChargeNow service provides access to 7,000 charging stations nationwide, while the My BMW app
    helps owners identify their nearest charging point. Visit testyourdrive.co.uk to explore your local options.

    All new BMW PHEVs can reach 80% battery capacity in three to five hours using a public AC Fast
    Charging station. They can also be charged to 80% in approximately three to five hours at home
    using a bp pulse unit. Find out more about charging here.

    *Test drive subject to applicant status and availability

    Introducing the first purely electric Gran Coupe.

    The first purely electric Gran Coupé will take driving pleasure to new limits thanks to a range of up to 316 miles (WLTP)*. The four-door vehicle combines extraordinary performance with superb range to create a driving experience that’s perfect for both long-distance journeys and your everyday commutes.

    The most powerful variant available in the first all-electric Gran Coupé achieves 544hp. Equipped with two powerful BMW M eDrive electric motors and a set of M-specific features, the BMW i4 M50 gets to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds.

    Enquire about the new BMW i4 M50 ahead of it’s launch later this year by using the form provided.

    BMW CHARGING OFFER: 12 MONTHS WITHOUT BASIC CHARGE**.

    The BMW Charging Card is your key to a growing nationwide network of public charging stations. In the Active tariff, you can charge at especially attractive conditions all over Europe and pay no basic charge for the first 12 months. With the new BMW i4, you also obtain the IONITY Plus package for a year free of basic charge, which enables you to use the ultra-fast facilities at one of the many IONITY high-power charging stations.

    100% GREEN ENERGY.

    The BMW i4 is produced exclusively using sustainable and green energy. What’s more, the BMW i4’s high-performance battery has been designed completely without rare earth metals. And best of all, when you drive the BMW i4 you are always on the road with zero local driving emissions.

    *Figures are for comparison purposes and may not reflect real life driving results which depend on a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. They were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The BMW i4 is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. The electric range was determined according to the WLTP test cycle. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedure.
    BMW i4 M50(1):
    Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 24–19
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0

    What is BMW Charging?

    BMW Charging is the all-round solution for charging your BMW. Products and services from BMW Charging provide you with numerous tailor-made offers for charging at home and at public charging stations. 

    The standard charging cable for recharging at home and the AC Fast charging cable for public charging are already included with the standard equipment. And at the latest, within 24 hours of being activated, the BMW Charging Card gives you unlimited access to the widely distributed public charging network in inner cites, at car parks and along key arterial routes – including high-power charging stations for ultra-fast charging.  For detailed information on the availability of public charging infrastructure – the best way is to visit www.bmw-charging.com or simply display the public charging stations via the navigation system or the My BMW App*. Incidentally, the BMW Charging App is also available to you as a portal for public charging. So whether it’s charging hardware, installation, digital solutions or other services – our range is growing all the time. 

    BMW new-vehicle customers enjoy twelve months bp pulse package without subscription fee*. And new-vehicle BMW iX3 customers also receive the IONITY Plus package for twelve months without subscription fee*

    Explore the BMW Charging Network here

    bp pulse

    New vehicle customers who purchase a new fully electric or
    plug-in hybrid BMW vehicle from Bowker BMW are eligible to receive a
    “bp pulse” package for 12 months without subscription fee (normally
    £7.85/month) if they have registered for the Flex tariff.*

    IONITY Plus

    New vehicle customers who purchase a new fully electric BMW iX3 or
    BMW iX through Bowker BMW are additionally eligible to receive the
    “IONITY Plus” package for 12 months without subscription fee
    (normally £11.30/month) if they register for the Flex tariff.*


    *T’s & C’s

    – This promotional offer applies to the package subscription fee only, usage
    costs remain the responsibility of the customer.
    – The offer is valid once for a specific vehicle VIN and cannot be transferred to
    other vehicles or owners.
    – After the subscription fee exemption expires, the regular Flex Tariff conditions will
    be applied.
    – New vehicle handover takes place on or after 01 April 2021. This promotional
    offer does not apply to used vehicles.

    You gain access to the world of BMW Charging at the same time as you receive your electric BMW: in the form of your personal BMW Charging Card and AC Fast charging cable for public charging. All you have to do is log in with your BMW ID and your vehicle identification number to www.bmw-charging.com, conclude a charging contract and request/activate your BMW Charging Card. At the latest within 24 hours, the extensive, nationwide public network is activated for you, and you can start charging right away! Your charging sessions are initiated easily and conveniently via BMW Charging and as part of the monthly billing, you receive an overall statement detailing all charging session.

    With BMW Charging, we aim to make public charging as easy and attractive as charging at home. For example, A Flex tariff provides convenient, subscription free access to a superregional, continuously expanding public charging network – all via the BMW Charging Card or App.

    For frequent users, additional subscription packages offering reduced rates from bp pulse and/or IONITY are optionally available. Furthermore, BMW new-vehicle customers enjoy twelve months bp pulse package without subscription fee*. And new-vehicle BMW iX3 customers also receive the IONITY Plus package for twelve months without subscription fee*.

    Access to the large number of public charging stations provided in the extensive BMW Charging network – is available via the BMW Charging card, BMW Charging app or My BMW App**.

    In accordance with the needs of our customers and the charging capabilities of our electric cars and plug-in hybrids, BMW are constantly reviewing and optimising the attractiveness of our pricing structure in the public charging sector. You can find all the latest information on this subject at www.bmw-charging.com.

    Your electric or plug-in hybrid car can be charged wherever you have access to power – whether at home or at the workplace, from a conventional socket or with the bp pulse wallbox for faster charging. When you are travelling, with BMW Charging you’ll have simple access to an expanding superregional network of public AC Fast charging stations from providers such as bp pulse, or high-power DC Rapid charging stations, such as those from IONITY. 

    Yes of course. Simply use the steadily expanding public network of BMW Charging or other charging stations as available, such as from your employer. The My BMW App* or the navigation system in your vehicle shows you public charge points in the vicinity. You will also find a map with the public charging infrastructure at www.bmw-charging.com or via the BMW Charging App. Attractive public charging tariffs and personalised offers are also available exclusively to BMW customers.

    The time taken to charge electric cars (depending on the cable or charging station) takes longer with alternating current (AC), while direct current (DC) is significantly faster. The new BMW i3, for example, is charged from 0-80% after approx. 40 minutes when charged with 50 kW at a Rapid charging (DC) station. These are commonly found at motorway service stations. Alternatively, using a BP Pulse wallbox, the charging time is between 3 – 5 hours.

    In Europe, the public high-power charging (HPC) network of IONITY is integrated directly into the BMW Charging public charging service. All you need to do is register for BMW Charging, conclude the attractive subscription free Flex tariff and request/activate your card as applicable. At the latest within 24 hours you can start charging.

    For frequent users, additional subscription packages offering reduced rates from bp pulse and/or IONITY are optionally available. Furthermore, BMW new-vehicle customers enjoy twelve months bp pulse package without subscription fee*. And new-vehicle BMW iX3 customers also receive the IONITY Plus package for twelve months without subscription fee* – and all this is available via the BMW Charging card, BMW Charging app or My BMW App**. You will find all the information on this charging concept at www.bmw-charging.com.

    In accordance with the needs of our customers and the charging capabilities of our electric cars and plug-in hybrids, we are constantly reviewing and optimising the attractiveness of our pricing structure in the public charging segment. This also applies to the high-power charging network of our partner IONITY. You can find all the latest information on this subject at www.bmw-charging.com.

    *This promotional offer applies to the package subscription fee only, useage costs remain the responsibility of the customer. This promotional offer does not apply to used vehicles.
    **Please note that not all My BMW app features are available on all BMW vehicles and that app features are dependent on model and specification.

    Bowker BMW have partnered with LANX Shoes and Godhead Coffee to combine exclusivity.

    With customised features and handcrafted details, BMW M cars, including the new M4 Competition Coupé become the most unique luxury high-performance cars. The finest selection of materials, top-quality leather upholstery and special Individual paint finishes are available for the most exclusive expression of dynamic driving pleasure.

    At Bowker BMW, we are passionate about motorsport, proper shoes and a new level of coffee experience. Here we are in partnership with LANX shoes and Godhead Coffee – all combining maximum exclusivity as an expression of your own personality.

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    I’m an electric driver and on average my fuel bill saving is £300 per month!

    Interested in making the switch to an all-electric BMW? Here’s a real-life account from a BMW i3 driver. Heath Downes, Retail Sales Manager at Bowker Motor Group, a BMW i3 driver, was eager to share his experience of an all-electric car. Below, Heath talks about the switch from a combustion engine to electric, his initial ‘range anxiety’, fuel bill savings and the My BMW App being an essential companion for any BMW driver. Here is what Heath had to say;

    “I was very happy with my BMW 3 Series, but the car industry was moving forward with the introduction of electric cars. I have always been someone to move with the times, so when the BMW i3s was released, I knew what I had to do.

    I was drawn in by its standout contemporary design, with forward thinking technology.  It certainly looks fresh and

    modern. However, with electric cars being relatively new, I did have a little bit of “range anxiety” but I soon got to know the car’s capabilities and I was able to plan my journey to suit and the anxiety soon disappeared.

    On average, my return commute is 60 miles per day, with some recreational mileage over the weekend. My domestic home smart charger optimises the best time to charge so that the vehicle is always ready before 7am the following day.

    The main difference from switching to electric certainly comes from the regenerative braking on the i3. You can drive the car around town and barely need to touch the brake pedal, all the while conserving battery energy.

    Ultimately, I was impressed by the performance of the i3s. However, the capability to conserve energy and driving in Eco Pro mode on A roads reveals that the car’s range can in fact be stretched through minimal adjustments in your driving style.

    I have found that switching to an all-electric car has made a huge difference in terms of fuel costs compared to electric costs. On average the monthly fuel bill saving is £300 per month!

    I wouldn’t go back to a petrol or diesel engine car now. The i3 does everything I need it to. It’s practical enough to seat four people in comfort. The car is easy to drive and has good sized boot space for shopping trips. Speaking of shopping trips, the i3 will travel from Lancaster to The Trafford Centre and back comfortably on a single charge.

    On Using the My BMW App.

    I would say the My BMW App is an essential companion for any BMW driver, not just those who have an electric car. I can instantly see the remaining charge on the car and the distance available. The app will notify me when the car has been placed on charge and when it has been fully charged.

    More importantly, in the winter months, you can activate the pre heat function on the car. Not only will the interior be invitingly warm, but the car will also be defrosted on colder mornings. Something which adds an extra air of satisfaction knowing that you can just drive off without having to de-ice your car.

    There’s no turning back for me, and I would encourage anyone who’s thinking about making the switch to electric to do it. You won’t regret it!”

    To learn more and enquire about the BMW i3 contact your local Bowker Centre below, or click here to book a test drive*.

    †Test drive subject to availability and driver eligibility.

    Bowker BMW are proud to announce their partnership with Ciceley Motorsport’s British Touring Car Championship Team – Car Gods Racing.

    The successful Lancashire based squad are campaigning two new BMW 3 Series in the 2021 British Touring Car Championship with two highly experienced drivers in Tom Chilton and Adam Morgan.

    Norman Burgess Commercial Director Ciceley Motorsport “This has got to be our biggest year to date, new title sponsorship, new cars, two top drivers together with our existing concrete, engineers team members and values puts us in the best possible position to do really well in the 2021 British Touring Car Championship and beyond, and gives us great confidence moving toward another new era within the BTCC ‘Hybrid’ for 2022. Tetrosyl really showed their colours last year by standing by us despite the covid pandemic, that’s why they are such a large, powerful, dynamic company that’s respected throughout the industry. Norman continued “Mac Tools also continued to support us, this is their 10th consecutive year supporting the team and we are welcoming Gallagher’s and Haydock Finance on board this year along with Bowker BMW. Really looking forward to getting started now, this season is going to be epic for us.”

    Adam Morgan “Testing has been spot on, both Tom and I have really got to grips with the BMW and its rear wheel drive characteristics straight away, we have been on the pace at every test so far and still have another 4 tests to go before the season starts. We are all, the team’s engineers and mechanics very confident that the cars will be ultra-competitive straight out of the box. The cars look amazing, I was blown away when I first saw them in the flesh, as was Tom, we both fell deeply in love straight away, with the cars, not each other! Although we are getting along and working really well together, both at and away from the track. I, like Norman, am just so grateful that Car Gods have granted us this opportunity and continue to provide much needed support to the Ciceley Motorsport team.

    Keep up-to-date with the team’s progress throughout the season by clicking the button below to view race reports from the Championship.