Turkington raring to go
Team BMW rounded off its pre-season testing programme on Monday ahead of shakedown and on-site preparations in Kent with this weekend’s opening round of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch looming large.
Colin Turkington is set to make his return to rear-wheel drive BMW machinery and to the team that made him a double BTCC champion, West Surrey Racing.
The Ulsterman feels the team is in good shape and he will be looking for consistent points to open his Team BMW account.
“The focus for this weekend is to be consistent and score well in each race,” said Turkington. “It’s a long season ahead but I’m confident we can hit the ground running.
“One change for this season is the new construction Dunlop tyres and we now use the hard compound tyre at half of the events, compared to just two last season. This is sure to bring about additional challenges to those circuits, but one that our engineering team will certainly get to grips with.
‘The winter has passed quickly for me but I feel ready to start the season and have prepared to the best of my ability.
“A little warmup last weekend at Goodwood was a great training exercise for me and I had a fantastic time. It was a great feeling to be back in the racing environment and I’m excited to get our BTCC campaign going on Saturday.”