The brand new BMW three Collection will seem within the British Touring Automotive Championship this yr, with a number of title-winning squad West Surrey Racing operating a trio of the brand new machines.
The race automobiles will probably be based mostly on the not too long ago launched new mannequin, and can return the three Collection to the championship for the primary time since 2012.
Staff BMW will run a pair of machines for reigning champion Colin Turkington and rising star Tom Oliphant, with 2012 champion Andrew Jordan driving a 3rd WSR-run machine below the BMW Pirtek Racing banner.
BMW UK CEO Graeme Grieve mentioned: “The BMW three Collection has a wealthy and profitable historical past competing within the BTCC and we’re extraordinarily proud to see that custom proceed.”
BMW has an extended historical past within the BTCC, with lots of its highlights coming when fielding three Collection fashions. 5 drivers have claimed the general BTCC title driving a three Collection: Frank Sytner in 1988, Will Hoy in 1991, Tim Harvey in 1993, Joachim Winkelhock in 1993 and Turkington in 2009.
WSR switched from the three Collection to the 125i M Sport in 2013, with Turkington including titles in 2014 and final season. Underneath present BTCC rules, all automobiles should use turbocharged 2.Zero-litre engines, mated to a six-speed sequential shift gearbox. A sequence of frequent and management elements are used.
Turkington mentioned the automotive swap had “delivered a potent dose of motivation into an already devoted crew.” He added: “It’s a really busy time for the engineering crew again at base as they construct and develop the automobiles for the brand new season, however the experience is there to get the job executed.”
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