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Turkington to chase fifth BTCC title in 2020 with BMW

Monday, December 09 2019

Colin Turkington will return to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship in 2020 to chase a record-breaking fifth crown with Team BMW, after sealing his fourth title at Brands Hatch this year. 

The Northern Irishman will spend a second straight season behind the wheel of a BMW 330i M Sport, the machine behind the wheel of which he won five races in 2019. 

By remaining with BMW, Turkington continues his long and fruitful relationship with West Surrey Racing, the organisation with which he has raced on and off since 2002, and with which he has won all of his drivers titles. 

Turkington and Team BMW will resume their competitive on-track relationship at Donington Park on 28-29 March as the championship's season opener returns to the East Midlands for the first time since 2005 ahead of two visits to Brands Hatch and outings at Oulton Park and Snetterton. 

Colin 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 I'm thankful to BMW and WSR for these golden opportunities. 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 actually is.  There was a lot of 'new' to contend with in 2019 in terms of the car and my engineer, so familiarity of environment should only enhance things."

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: "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. 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."

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