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Turkington to lead Team BMW's 2021 BTCC charge

Wednesday, February 03 2021

Four-time champion Colin Turkington will lead Team BMW's Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship assault in 2021.

The Northern Irishman is set for a fifth successive season with the WSR-run operation, and is aiming to go one better than last season after finishing as runner-up in the 2020 campaign.

Turkington has the chance to make history this year, as another BTCC title in the BMW 330i M Sport would move him clear of Andy Rouse as the championship's record title winner.

The 38-year-old has enjoyed his most successful years in the BTCC with the Dick Bennetts run team, winning all four of his titles with the outfit after racing with them on and off since 2002.

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.  

"Every year I want to go the extra mile for this team, and every year they do the same for me. It makes me smile that we get to chase our title dreams together for BMW once again, and I feel extremely fortunate to be the torchbearer for them.

"What we achieved together last season was phenomenal.  The pace of the BMW was blistering and we really were the ones to beat. It didn't have the fairy-tale ending we all wanted, but believe it or not, you can learn a great deal from defeat, so I'm convinced I will bring an even better package to the table this year.

"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!"

The BTCC visits the Brands Hatch Indy and Grand Prix circuits, Donington Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton this year across a revised schedule. You can click here to view all dates.