Perhaps the biggest news story around in the lead up to the 2013 BTCC season is the return of 2009 champion Colin Turkington, who hasn’t raced in the series since wrapping up that crown over 3 years ago.
The 30 year old Northern Irishman is one of the most popular drivers around, known for his clean, yet very effective, driving style and well spoken nature, and the news of his return was certainly a popular one among st the BTCC faithful, it even had BTCC trending on Twitter!
Turkington made his first appearance in the series back in 2002 in one of the Team Atomic Kitten MG’s, taking a remarkable podium in Race 1 at Croft. He went on to take a total of 19 wins in 8 seasons which saw in the MG ZS, Vauxhall Astra VXR and BMW 320si.
Since taking the 2009 crown at Brands Hatch, Turkington has competed in both the WTCC (in which he took his maiden win in Japan in 2010 after Augusto Farus’ exclusion) and the STCC.
Colin returns with the team who took him to the title 3 years ago, Dick Bennetts’ West Surrey Racing squad. He will be racing one of the team’s brand new NGTC-spec BMW 1-series’.
It’s fair to say Colin will be one to watch in 2013, the WSR squad are an experienced bunch and it won’t take long for them to get on top of the new machinery. Winning the title this year may prove to be a long shot, but if there’s one man who can spring a suprise, it’s Turks.