West Surrey Racing has confirmed that Colin Turkington will remain with the team for the 2021 British Touring Car Championship season, spearheading Team BMW’s title defence.
Turkington will enter into his 14th season with the outfit, and his fifth consecutive year, as he once again seeks to win the BTCC drivers’ title.
Having lost out in 2020 to Ash Sutton by just 14 points, Turkington is seeking to reclaim the title and secure a record-equalling fifth domestic crown.
The 38-year-old won five times last year, picking up 13 podium finishes from 27 races – more than any other driver – to take the title fight to the wire with Sutton.
The Northern Irishman believes he can learn from his defeat in 2020 to make him stronger in 2021, as he seeks to give the BMW 330i M Sport a second drivers’ title.
“The confirmation from BMW UK to continue their Team BMW programme allows WSR and I to launch our 14th BTCC season together,” said Turkington.
“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!”
For WSR Team Principal Dick Bennetts, 2021 is a landmark year for his team, which is celebrating it’s 40th year and 25 years since it joined the BTCC.
“We’re really pleased to continue with both Colin and BMW in 2021,” said Bennetts. “Colin was barely out of his teens when he first raced for us in 2002 and it’s been truly special for us as a team to have been able to support him in winning his four BTCC titles and becoming one of the best drivers the series has ever had.
“Naturally our target is to win the Drivers’, Teams’, and Manufacturers’ titles this year for BMW, our sponsors and technical partners as we mark the 25th anniversary of our BTCC debut and the 40th of WSR.
“While achieving this gets tougher every year as the level of competition improves, having Colin on-board with his never-say-die attitude, his analytical approach and his searing speed certainly puts us in a strong position.”