Turbo BMW makes track debut
Former Champion Colin Turkington is today (Thurs) giving the Geoff Steel Racing team’s turbocharged BMW a first test ahead of its race debut in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s season finale this weekend (15-16 October) at Silverstone.
Northern Irishman Turkington, who won the BTCC in 2009 in a BMW driving for WSR, is bedding in the car at Donington Park in Leicestershire. Dartford’s Tony Gilham, who joined the GSR outfit two rounds ago at Rockingham, will race it this weekend at Silverstone in Northants.
The car is the first BMW to be fitted with a turbo engine built to the BTCC’s new Next Generation Touring Car regulations and its performance compared to WSR's normally-aspirated cars this weekend will surely be of much interest.
GSR team manager Martyn Bell told btcc.net: “So far so good. Colin’s expertise in BMWs made him the perfect driver to call on to offer advice and set-up tips. Tony can’t wait to get in it!”