Turkington remains at WSR and Team BMW for 2021
Four Time British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington is to remain at Team BMW for a fifth successive season as the Northern Irishman aims for a record-breaking fifth BTCC crown.
Turkington's announcement follows after a number of drivers and teams signed new contracts during the month of January and there are still a number of seats available on the grid for this season.
The 38 year-old will once again drive the highly competitve BMW 330i M Sport, a car that in the hands of Turkington scored 13 podiums, six wins and two Pole Positions en route to second in the Drivers Championship last year.
Turkington said: “The confirmation from BMW UK to continue their Team BMW programme allows WSR and I to launch our 14th BTCC season together. It’s not always easy to put these campaigns together year on year, but to have done so for 14 years and collected numerous titles along the way is something I’m incredibly proud of. We’ve grown together throughout this time, sharing a great deal of ambition, respect and trust along the way."
The Northern Irishman started his BTCC career in 2002 and has gone on to become one of the championship's most successful drivers with his methodical aproach to racing being one of his key abilites.
Along with his four titles in 2009, 2014, 2018 and in 2019, he has secured 154 podium finishes, 22 Pole Positions and 61 Fastest Laps. His 56 race wins places him fourth on the all-time list of most race won.
Not only will it be a landmark year for Turkington, it'll be a celebration for West Surrey Racing (WSR) who celebrate their 40th birthday and the 25th anniversary of its BTCC debut.
Turkington has high hopes for this season as he guns for his fifth title and is excited for the challenge ahead.
He said: "We have high hopes for the new season and the series is in great shape. The rule tweaks and driver shuffles over the winter have further spiced up the Championship, so I’m certain it will be as exciting as ever. I’m raring to go!”
At the moment, Turkington is the only driver to be announced to drive for Team BMW for this year.
Tom Oliphant, who drove alongside Turkington last year, has yet to announce his plans while 2013 Champion Andrew Jordan, who sat out last season, is yet to confirm if he'll return to the championship.