WSR latest to join NGTC ranks
Former champ West Surrey Racing (WSR) has announced it's sticking with the BMW brand in 2013 but switching its attack to a brand new 1-Series racer built to the BTCC's increasingly popular Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) technical regulations.
The move to design and develop an exciting newcomer based on the M Sport version of the diminutive BMW 125i has largely been made possible thanks to on-going support from eBay Motors. The UK’s leading online automotive marketplace has announced it will continue its title sponsorship of the team for the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
It will be quite a technical change for the highly-respected WSR outfit which has been been campaigning elderly BMW 320si models for the past six seasons, capturing the Drivers' crown with Colin Turkington in 2009 and finishing runner-up in last season's Teams’ Championship.
"We chose the new 1-Series as we felt it was more suitable to the current BTCC regulations," explained Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal. "The wheelbase is quite a lot shorter than the new 3-Series car, so it should perform well on the tight twisty circuits that we race on in the UK. With the introduction of the new model BMW 125i M Sport, we are confident of being very competitive throughout the 2013 season."
eBay Motors will announce a new livery, as well as the driver line-up for the 2013 BTCC season in the near future.