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Colin Turkington

Biography

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.

Silverline Subaru BMR Racing had a Jekyll and Hyde 2016. The team endured a tough start to the season as they got to grips with its quartet of newly-built Subaru Levorg GTs for Subaru’s maiden BTCC campaign. Come Oulton Park, though, they found their form. Turkington took a race one win – a first of five (Oulton Park, Croft, Snetterton and a Brands Hatch finale double) – which put him in overall Drivers’ Championship contention heading into the final weekend of the season as one of eight drivers in with a chance of taking the spoils.

He moves back to WSR, the scene of his two titles to date and will be back in rear-wheel drive machinery in the form of the BMW-backed 125i M Sport. Turkington and rear-wheel drive is a formidable proposition…

Season Results

Event Session Position
Brands Hatch Indy Qualifying 5th
Race 1 DNF
Race 2 9th
Race 3 2nd
Donington Park Qualifying 10th
Race 1 4th
Race 2 5th
Race 3 1st
Thruxton Qualifying 9th
Race 1 7th
Race 2 6th
Race 3 1st
Oulton Park Qualifying 4th
Race 1 29th
Race 2 13th
Race 3 5th
Croft Qualifying 2nd
Race 1 2nd
Race 2 1st
Race 3 6th
Snetterton Qualifying 2nd
Race 1 7th
Race 2 2nd
Race 3 3rd
Knockhill Qualifying 3rd
Race 1 3rd
Race 2 3rd
Race 3 3rd

Driver Info

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 21 March 1982
Place of Birth: Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Lives: Portadown, Northern Ireland
Team: Team BMW
Car: BMW 125i M Sport

BTCC Debut: Oulton Park, 21 April 2002

BTCC Races: 353
BTCC Wins: 44
BTCC Podiums: 120
BTCC Poles: 17
BTCC Fastest Laps: 46

Driver Titles

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

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