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BMW returns to the BTCC with WSR works squad

Friday, February 24 2017

BMW has announced its return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as a manufacturer, with WSR running the first works-backed BMWs since 1996. The championship gets underway at Brands Hatch on 1/2 April.

The partnership was announced at BMW Park Lane, London today (Friday), with a BMW-liveried 125i M-Sport unveiled for double champion Colin Turkington and title-challenger Rob Collard. Third driver Andrew Jordan will run a car in the colours of personal sponsor Pirtek.

BMW UK's investment in the BTCC team includes the funding of technical developments on all fronts, including engines.

BMW was a stalwart of the BTCC's Supertouring era, winning titles in 1991, 92 and 93. The German manufacturer was last involved in 1996, when Team Schnitzer ran Joachim Winkelhock, Roberto Ravaglia and Peter Kox. The announcement also marks the tenth anniversary of WSR switching to BMW machinery in the BTCC.

Graeme Grieve, CEO of BMW Group UK, said: "The BTCC is one of the most significant race series in the UK and has a huge and enthusiastic following. With a history of success and the continuous support of WSR for the past decade, we are delighted to step up as a Manufacturer Team again after 21 years."

Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, remarked: "I reckon that working together successfully as motorsport partners for 10 years is the equivalent of a lifelong marriage. It is a tribute to BMW's product and commitment, and we are delighted to once again represent the marque as they return with increased commitment as a Manufacturer in the BTCC."

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