Colin Turkington will remain with West Surrey Racing and Team BMW for the 2020 BTCC season as he chases a record-breaking fifth title.
Turkington won the 2019 BTCC driver’s championship in dramatic circumstances in the final race of the year, with his fourth title moving him to level with Andy Rouse as the drivers with the most BSCC/BTCC titles in series history.
Turkington, who has spent the majority of his BTCC career with WSR has won all of his four titles with the team, in addition to five Independent driver’s titles earlier in his career. His 51 race victories place him fourth on the all-time winner’s list and the Northern Irishman was delighted to set himself up for more success in 2020 by remaining with the team.
Turkington said “Going into 2020 with Team BMW will mark my 16th season in the BTCC and I couldn’t be happier. Remaining with the team was never in doubt and we’re excited to be defending our titles together. Becoming a four-time champion was a very special moment, but I am motivated to keep striving for more. Racing with this team gives me the best chance to achieve further success and I’m so thankful to BMW and WSR for these golden opportunities. “
The BMW driver also expressed his excitement ahead of a second season in the BMW 3 Series and alluded to the consistency he has enjoyed in recent seasons. “The consistency of the car and personnel is a great boost and further motivates me as we get to see what the potential of this BMW 3 Series is. There was a lot of ‘new’ to contend with in 2019 in terms of the car and my engineer, so the familiarity of the environment should only enhance things.”
West Surrey Racing Team Principal Dick Bennetts was pleased to see Turkington remain at the team. “Colin first drove for us 18 years ago and has been at the forefront of virtually every success we’ve had in the BTCC. He’s one of the best drivers the series has ever had, so it’s fantastic that he’ll once again lead the charge for Team BMW in 2020 as he aims for a record-breaking fifth title.”
One of the most successful teams for over a decade in the BTCC, Bennetts was also equally pleased with the performance of the BMW 3 Series in its debut 2019 season. “Last year was one of the greatest achievements in the 39-year history of WSR. To come into a series as tightly-contested as the BTCC with a brand-new BMW 3 Series, which only turned its first wheel 10 days before the start of the season, win first-time out, and then win both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, was something very special”
Turkington’s title defence will begin on the 28th/29th March at round one of the 2020 BTCC season at Donington Park.