CHAM­PION GOES ‘HOME’ TO BMW

Dou­ble cham­pion re­united with his ti­tle-win­ning out­fit for fresh cam­paign

Motor Sport News - - Front Page - By Matt James

Two-time Bri­tish Tour­ing Car cham­pion Colin Turkington has re­joined the WSR team for the 2017 con­test, and he will be re­united with the BMW 125i M Sport.

The 34-year-old has spent the last two sea­sons with Team BMR, firstly with a VW CC and then with a brand new Subaru. He fin­ished fourth in last year’s points af­ter five vic­to­ries in the rear­wheel-drive Levorg. How­ever, BMR and Turkington parted ways ear­lier this sea­son af­ter a tur­bu­lent end to the 2016 cam­paign.

Turkington has spent nine of his 12 sea­sons in the tin-top cham­pi­onship with the WSR team, and has taken 28 wins with the team.

Turkington said: “It feels fan­tas­tic to re­join wsr for the 2017 sea­son and I couldn’t be more ex­cited about my re­turn.

“From my de­but in tour­ing cars in 2002 right through to win­ning my sec­ond BTCC ti­tle, it’s been like a sec­ond home for me and my great­est achieve­ments in mo­tor rac­ing have all come with them.

“Com­bin­ing our ac­cu­mu­lated rear­wheel-drive ex­per­tise and strong work ethic is a recipe for suc­cess and I’m con­fi­dent this gives me the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to fight for hon­ours once again. I’m par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to driv­ing the BMW 125i M Sport and feel the de­vel­op­ments that have come about since 2014.”

Turkington took a sab­bat­i­cal from the BTCC af­ter win­ning the ti­tle in a Team RAC BMW 320si in 2009, but re­turned to WSR in 2013, when the team was run­ning the BMW 125i M Sport for the first sea­son.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man and his en­gi­neer Kevin Berry helped de­velop the car and the driver claimed his sec­ond ti­tle in 2014, be­fore the with­drawal of backer ebay forced Turkington to leave again.

Dick Ben­netts, WSR team prin­ci­pal, said he thinks there is an­other chap­ter to be writ­ten in the team and driver’s his­tory with each other.

“It’s great have Colin back for 2017,” said Ben­netts. “His per­for­mances with var­i­ous WSR BMWS have been ex­tremely stron­gand he’s been a key part of our most suc­cess­ful sea­sons in the BTCC in 2009 and 2014.

“There’s def­i­nitely a sense of un­fin­ished busi­ness as, de­spite our in­ten­tions: com­mer­cial rea­sons meant we weren’t able to stay to­gether to de­fend our cham­pi­onships. We now head into 2017 with a very strong driver line-up, and we’re aim­ing for more ti­tles.”

WSR has al­ready signed An­drew Jor­dan for its 2017 line-up, and has one other seat yet to fill. A driver will be con­firmed by the end of the month. Fea­ture: Colin Turkington goes back to BMW and WSR, page 26-27

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey

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