Subaru is a good news story

The Ja­panese firm’s maiden vic­tory is good for tin-top rac­ing

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say - Matt James, Deputy Edi­tor (Twit­ter: @Mat­tjm­news)

It has been quite a ride for Subaru in the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship al­ready this sea­son. From the late ar­rival of cars, all-nighters in Team BMR’S work­shops to the con­fla­gra­tion for James Cole’s ex­am­ple at Don­ing­ton Park, there have been plenty of speed bumps.

But Colin Turk­ing­ton’s vic­tory at Oul­ton Park last week­end has shown that it has all been worth­while. One of the most im­pres­sive things was that the North­ern Ir­ish­man won from pole, and then even man­aged to grab a sec­ond place with 75kg of suc­cess bal­last aboard in race two.

Turk­ing­ton be­came the eighth dif­fer­ent win­ner of the sea­son in Cheshire, and then Sam Tord­off made it nine when he took his BMW to glory – and the cham­pi­onship lead – in the sec­ond event. That shows just how com­pet­i­tive the BTCC has be­come this sea­son, and that goes to un­der­line the ef­forts that have been put in by the boys at BMR.

One of the most ex­cit­ing things about this pro­gramme is the po­ten­tial it has to open the eyes of ral­ly­ing fans to the BTCC. There are plenty of brand-loyal folk out there, and now they have some­thing new to shout about. That’s good for every­one.

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