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British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington ponders switch for title defence

By Sammy Hamill

British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington, named the UK's National Driver of the Year at the weekend, has admitted he may have to switch teams to defend his title in 2015. Turkington was on his way to the Autosport awards ceremony in London at the weekend when he learned that his West Surrey Racing team had lost their major sponsor, eBay Motors.

Dick Bennetts, team principal at WSR, is looking for a replacement backer, and although Turkington is keen to stay, he has admitted that he may have to consider different options.

"With eBay not being involved it is making it difficult for me to be at WSR next year," said the Portadown driver who was forced out of the BTCC after winning the championship in 2009, also with the West Surrey BMW team.

"My number one priority is to be on the BTCC grid next year - I don't want a repeat of 2009-10. At the moment I am unattached and I am talking to other teams," he said.

Turkington, who attended the London awards after flying in from Munich where he had also been honoured by BMW, said he was happy to race rear-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive cars next season.

"You want to put yourself in the car that has the best chance to win. I have driven both and been successful in both," he added.

Turkington's collection of trophies grew yesterday when he was presented with the British Racing Drivers' Club's Silver Star. Fellow Ulsterman Steven Kane collected the John Cobb Trophy as part of the Bentley sports car team.

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