West Surrey Racing have confirmed they will field three brand new BMW 3 Series cars in the 2019 British Touring Car Championship.
Reigning team and driver champions WSR have confirmed they will be ditching the ultra successful BMW 125i for 2019, leaving behind one of the most successful modern cars in the British Touring Car Championship to return the incredibly successful 3 Series range to touring car racing.
Having developed the 125i in-house as part of a private project by WSR since 2013, the move to develop the new 330i is a joint venture between WSR and the German manufacturer, with the team and cars again racing under the Team BMW UK banner for the new season.
Set to enter the category with a three strong driver line up, including defending champion Colin Turkington, the outfit expect to publicly unveil the new machine at the traditional season opening Media Day in March - for this year to be held at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent.
Team boss Dick Bennetts said:
“We are really pleased to be bringing the BMW 3 Series back to the BTCC. We achieved a great deal of success with the fifth-generation model between 2007 and 2012, so we are hugely excited to see what the latest version is capable of. A lot of hard work and countless hours lie ahead, but we are all confident of turning this car into a winner and hopefully reinstating it in its rightful place – at the front of the field in Britain’s premier motorsport series.”Alongside the returning Turkington for 2019 will be Tom Oliphant in the BMW UK car, with 2013 champion Andrew Jordan again taking up the reigns in a Pirtek liveried car under the Pirtek Racing banner. Outgoing driver Rob Collard meanwhile has been confirmed in the second PMR Vauxhall Astra, teaming up with the most successful British Touring Car driver on the grid, 51-year-old Jason Plato.
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