North­ern Ir­ish­man leaves Team BMR BTCC squad

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Matt James

Two-time cham­pion Colin Turkington is work­ing on a deal to re­main in the British Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship in 2017 after part­ing ways with the Team BMR Subaru out­fit.

The 34-year-old an­nounced last Fri­day that he had split from BMR, the team he has driven with for the last two BTCC sea­sons.

Turkington took Subaru’s maiden win in the BTCC at Oul­ton Park last sea­son and fin­ished fourth over­all in the points. He won the In­de­pen­dents Tro­phy with Team BMR in a VW CC in 2015.

Turkington was team-mates to Ja­son Plato, James Cole and Team BMR prin­ci­pal War­ren Scott last sea­son in the brand new es­tate Subaru Levorg car.

Although Turkington has yet to se­cure a new deal, he says he wants to re­main in the BTCC, which he con­quered in 2009 and 2014.

Sources have linked the North­ern Ir­ish­man with a re­turn to the WSR squad, with which he claimed his two ti­tles. WSR has signed An­drew Jor­dan to drive one of its BMW 125i M Sports in 2017, but has two other seats to fill.

WSR and Turkington were re­main­ing tight-lipped over the fu­ture. Turkington said: “Num­ber one in any driver’s mind is putting your­self in the most com­pet­i­tive car, the best team – you have to give your­self the best chance to win. That’s my fo­cus right now.

“I’ll con­tinue to work hard over the next few weeks to make some­thing hap­pen.”

It also casts uncer­tainty over the Subaru line-up for the forth­com­ing year. Plato has a con­tract to re­main with the team and Cole is ex­pected to stay, but the other two seats are still up for grabs.

Team BMR boss Scott said: “Colin has been an ab­so­lute plea­sure to work with over the past two sea­sons and has brought a tremen­dous amount of knowl­edge, which has aided BMR in its growth and devel­op­ment as a fron­trun­ning BTCC team.

“I wish Colin good luck for the forth­com­ing sea­son and would like to thank him for all his ef­forts and great achieve­ments that he has brought to BMR.”

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