Colin Turkington first raced in the BTCC back in 2002 after winning the Ford Credit Fiesta Zetec Championship. For his first three seasons, the Northern Irishman competed for West Surrey Racing in an MG ZS, with factory backing coming in 2003-4. A single campaign with VX Racing followed in 2005 before Turkington returned to WSR to race the RAC-liveried MG and BMW 320si machines between 2006 and 2009.
Turkington’s potential was realised in 2009, as he piloted his BMW to six victories and the overall Drivers’ crown despite late-season charges from past champions Fabrizio Giovanardi and Jason Plato.
Turkington remains the only Ulsterman ever to win the BTCC, but did not return to defend his laurels. From 2010-12 he contested a number of World Touring Car and Scandinavian Touring Car events before making a highly anticipated return to home turf in 2013. Behind the wheel of a brand new BMW 1 Series (again for WSR), Colin quickly became a main championship contender and went on to claim his second title with the team in 2014.
The following year, he joined the fledgling and ambitious Team BMR, and after getting to grips with the front-wheel drive VW CC, claimed four victories en route to fourth in the final standings and a second consecutive Independents’ Trophy – the fifth of his career. He remains with the squad in 2016 as the team switches to the Subaru Levorg.
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Date of Birth: 21 March 1982
Place of Birth: Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Lives: Portadown, Northern Ireland
Team: Subaru Team BMR
Car: Levorg GT
BTCC Debut: Oulton Park, 21 April 2002BTCC Races: 332
2015 BTCC Independent Drivers’ Championship
2014 BTCC Drivers’ Championship
2014 BTCC Independent Drivers’ Championship
2009 BTCC Drivers’ Championship
2008 BTCC Independent Drivers’ Championship
2007 BTCC Independent Drivers’ Championship
2001 Ford Credit Fiestas Championship
1998 Northern Irish Metros Championship