Colin Turkington and West Surrey Racing have been reunited as the Northern Irishman returns to the team for the 2017 British Touring Car Championship.
The announcement comes after Turkington left Team BMR in January. Turkington left WSR to join Team BMR at the end of 2014.
Turkington described the team he made his touring car debut with in 2002 as his “second home”. Both Turkington’s titles were won with WSR, and he believes this is the perfect place to take his third.
“From my debut in touring cars in 2002 right through to winning my second BTCC title, it’s been like a second home for me and my greatest achievements in motor racing have all come with them,” he said.
“Combining our accumulated rear-wheel-drive expertise and strong work ethic is a recipe for success and I’m confident this gives me the perfect opportunity to fight for honours once again. I’m particularly looking forward to driving the BMW 125i M Sport and feel the developments that have come about since 2014.”
WSR team principal Dick Bennetts described Turkington as a key part of the team’s success in 2009 and 2014, but believes there’s more to come from the partnership.
“There’s definitely a sense of unfinished business as, despite our intentions, commercial reasons meant we weren’t able to stay together to defend our championship,” he said. “We now head into 2017 with a very strong driver line-up, and we’re aiming for more titles.”
Turkington will partner Andrew Jordan, who has already been announced for the team, and a third driver. It’s expected Rob Collard will be the third driver in WSR’s BMW 125is, but there has been no announcement yet.
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