Subaru have entered a three year deal with Team BMR to join the Dunlop MSA BTCC grid.
Jason Plato and Colin Turkington will lead the squad in the first BTCC championship Subaru have participated in.
“We’re very excited to have teamed up with BMR from the 2016 Championship,” said Paul Tunnicliffe, Managing Director for Subaru UK & Ireland. “Although the Levorg features the Subaru famed all-wheel drive system, the car can be easily developed to compete with rear-wheel drive in order to comply with the BTCC regulations… so we can’t wait to see how it goes against very established competition.”
Team BMR will compete for the manufacturers’ championship for the first time this year.
“I am extremely delighted that Team BMR are to become a Manufacturer team in only our fourth year of competing in the BTCC,” BMR team principal, Warren Scott, said. “I have had aspirations of becoming a race-winning team with factory support from the very beginning and I am immensely proud of the team for giving Subaru the confidence to partner with BMR.”
Plato and Turkington, both past champions and experienced BTCC drivers, make the team look like a promising championship contender.
“Part of my role when joining BMR was to help secure a manufacturer deal,” said Plato. “The iconic Subaru brand has always been right at the top of my wish list… I’m confident that BMR will produce a fantastic package for me to fight for the Championship. This really is exciting times for us all… I can’t wait for the season to begin.”
“Continuing with Team BMR for the 2016 season was an easy decision for me and represents a great opportunity to build on our strong maiden campaign,” Turkington said.
“This announcement is huge news for the Championship and equally for me.”
Team BMR’s full line up will be comfirmed over the coming weeks, ahead of the season launch in March.
“We are delighted to welcome another manufacturer to the BTCC, and particularly one with such an incredible motorsport heritage,” said series director Alan Gow. “Subaru is an iconic brand with a huge following and its introduction to the BTCC is certain to excite our many fans both in the UK and around the world.
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