Turk­ing­ton lines up a dou­ble drive at Don­ing­ton His­toric Fes­ti­val

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Two-time Bri­tish Tour­ing Car cham­pion Colin Turk­ing­ton will han­dle two dif­fer­ent cars at the Don­ing­ton His­toric Fes­ti­val – an EX-DTM BMW M3 E30 and a Corvette.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man, who raced at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic in 2014 in a BMW 3.0 CSL, will en­ter the Tour­ing Car Chal­lenge event in the ex-steve Soper 1992 BMW M3 E30, owned by Mark Smith, and go up against a num­ber of his ri­vals from the BTCC, in­clud­ing Matt Neal.

Then he will step in to the Sam Thomas Racing Chevy Corvette for the 90-minute GT and Sports Car Cup race, which fea­tures pre-1966 GT ma­chines and pre-1963 Sports Cars that raced at world cham­pi­onship level.

Turk­ing­ton said: “I am thrilled to be racing the BMW. I had an E30 as my wed­ding car – I sim­ply love them. It has a re­ally strong pedi­gree too, so that is ex­cit­ing. Although I missed that era for tin-tops, to step back in time is a real priv­i­lege.

“I am shar­ing the Corvette with Sam Thomas, who owns the BMW I raced at Sil­ver­stone in 2014.

“I have tested a lot of his cars, and I drove one of his Lis­ter Jaguars dur­ing a test at Sil­ver­stone last week. Hope­fully we will be do­ing more races to­gether in the fu­ture.”

Turk­ing­ton drove BMW CSL in 2014

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