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Two-time champion Colin Turkington seals Subaru switch


New journey: Colin Turkington is hungry for more titles

New journey: Colin Turkington is hungry for more titles

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New journey: Colin Turkington is hungry for more titles

Colin Turkington will be back in the British Touring Car Championship and back with Team BMR this year - but he will be driving a Subaru!

In a surprise announcement, the famed Japanese manufacturer, for so long a mainstay of the world rally scene, is to join forces with Team BMR and enter the BTCC for the first time with Turkington and Jason Plato as the lead drivers.

Two-time champion Turkington and Plato, the most successful driver of all time in the BTCC, run the all-new Subaru Levorg Sports Tourer, a four-wheel-drive car which will be adapted to rear-wheel-drive to comply with the championship regulations.

Turkington, of course, won his titles in 2009 and 2014 in rear-wheel-drive BMWs before joining BMR last year and successfully adapting to their front-wheel-drive Volkswagen, winning five times. But he is thrilled the tie-up between Subaru and Team BMR.

"This announcement is huge news for the championship and equally for me," said the Portadown driver.

"I can't wait to get started with the development of the new Subaru Levorg and I'm more motivated than ever to win."

His team-mate was a key player in bringing Subaru to the championship.

"Part of my role when joining BMR was to help secure a manufacturer deal," he explained. "And the iconic Subaru brand has always been right at the top of my wish list."

Belfast Telegraph