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Turkington's future is unclear after shock split from Team BMR

By Sammy Hamill

Published 14/01/2017

Out of the blue: Colin Turkington and Team BMR have parted ways
Out of the blue: Colin Turkington and Team BMR have parted ways

Colin Turkington, the two-time British Touring Car champion from Portadown, has parted company with BMR, the team he has raced with for the past two seasons.

In a surprise move, Turkington revealed "a parting of the ways" with the Buntingford-based Subaru team "following an agreement to end our current arrangement".

Turkington was Team BMR's most successful driver in 2016, eclipsing BTCC record-breaker Jason Plato by winning four times and finishing fourth in the series despite a decision just before the start of the season to switch from Volkswagens to totally untried Subaru Levorgs.

In a carefully worded statement, Turkington, the 2009 and 2014 champion, said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at BMR and will savour the success we shared together over the past two seasons; however, the time has come to part company and apply the focus to each of our own individual goals and needs.

"I sincerely value the journey we have shared together securing the Teams Championship in 2015, winning my fifth Indy title and of course the thrilling year we have just had.

"I have been fortunate to work with some of the best in the business at BMR and it has been a valuable experience and certainly helped me grow and improve."

Turkington gave no hint of his plans for the new season and was not available last night.

Meanwhile, the first major Irish motorsport event of 2017, the Galway International Rally in February, is to go ahead following a new agreement between Motorsport Ireland and insurers.

Talks have been ongoing for months and led to the postponement of the first events of this year. New proposals were put to club representatives on Tuesday and they reported back yesterday. The clubs agreed unanimously to accept the proposals, clearing the way for motorsport to resume south of the border. It will, however, mean an additional levy on entry fees.

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