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Reigning champion Colin Turkington gets new car for title defence

The new BMW 3 Series that reigning champion Colin Turkington will drive in this year’s British Touring Car Championship has been revealed.

Multiple title-winning squad West Surrey Racing will run three of the new machines in this year’s BTCC, with Turkington joined by rising star Tom Oliphant in the Team BMW racing line-up, and 2012 champion Andrew Jordan racing under the BMW Pirtek Racing banner.

The new 330i M Sport race car is based on the recently launched new model, but uses the underpinnings from the 125i M Sport cars WSR ran last year. It returns the 3 Series to the championship for the first time since 2012.

The two Team BMW cars will be run in the Bavarian firm's classic BMW M Motorsport colours. Graeme Grieve, BMW's UK boss, said: "The 3 Series is our best-selling model worldwide, and to bring it back to the grid clothed in the classic M Motorsport colours is very special indeed. We are all very excited to see what it can do.”

BMW has a long history in the BTCC, with many of its highlights coming when fielding 3 Series models. Five drivers have claimed the overall BTCC title driving a 3 Series: Frank Sytner in 1988, Will Hoy in 1991, Tim Harvey in 1993, Joachim Winkelhock in 1993 and Turkington in 2009.

WSR switched from the 3 Series to the 125i M Sport in 2013, with Turkington adding titles in 2014 and last season. Under current BTCC regulations, all cars must use turbocharged 2.0-litre engines, mated to a six-speed sequential shift gearbox. A series of common and control parts are used.

WSR boss Dick Bennetts said preparing the trio of 330i M Sport cars in time for testing was a "Herculean effort", adding: "The attention-to-detail that has gone into the build is second-to-none."

Turkington said: “I know how hard everybody at BMW and West Surrey Racing has worked to pull everything together over such a short space of time, and to now see this car in the garage and ready to take to the track is a source of immense pride, satisfaction and a job well done."

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LP in Brighton 26 March 2019

Technical details

I have no doubt that this is a superbly designed and built racing car, but it would be interesting to learn about how much "BMW" it contains. For all I know, it has a standard turbocharged four cylinder engine, sequential gearbox, suspension and brakes; maybe even the weight distibution and downforce level is fixed?

I'd dearly like more of the road cars' attributes (or lack of them) to influence the race cars, even if it means opening up the field a bit. It surely isn't right that a Dacia for example can be just as competitive as a BMW M car or Honda Type-R?   

xxxx 26 March 2019


Well I suppose at least BMW make and import a 2.0T manual 3 series, anyone seen a manual Corolla 2.0 turbo

JMax18 27 February 2019

Can't wait to see Turkington

Can't wait to see Turkington drive the thing.