Belfast Telegraph

Turkington shows off winning car to his home fans

By Sammy Hamill

It wouldn't be the ideal car for nipping down to the shops or slipping under the speed camera radar.

But Colin Turkington's multi-coloured, race-winning eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport was a real show-stopper when it popped up in Belfast yesterday on a promotional visit.

The recently-crowned British touring car champion from Portadown was "delighted" to bring his title-winning car back to Northern Ireland to launch a new eBay Click & Collect scheme at Argos.

"I always get local fans asking when I am going to bring the car back for them to see it so I am delighted we have been able to make it happen," said Turkington.

"The support I get back home across the season is overwhelming, so it's a great feeling to be able to repay the fans."

The visit was accompanied by a teaser video on YouTube showing Turkington - in full racesuit and helmet - making a vital online Argos purchase of a toaster via eBay's website.

The story goes that he is alleged to have damaged his West Surrey Racing team's toaster in an end-of-season mishap and promised to get a replacement.

He was filmed making the purchase on-line, then arriving at an Argos store near the WSR team's Weybridge base in his own unique style, spinning his way round the car park before stepping out of the BMW and venturing inside to collect his new toaster in front of baffled shoppers.

Unfortunately, there were no donuts or wheelies permitted on the way from the City Hall to the Argos store in William Street South, in the heart of Belfast, yesterday but plenty of admiring looks for the BMW and the British Touring Car Trophy that came with it. It is the second time the BMW has been to Belfast.

The WSR team surprised Colin and his wife Louise by shipping it over and parking it outside the Titanic Building where the reception was being held following their wedding in July.

Louise and their boys, Lewis and Adam, came along to join the Belfast party yesterday.

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