Colin Turkington has confirmed that he will remain with West Surrey Racing in the British Touring Car Championship for 2020.
Turkington took a record-equalling fourth BTCC title last season, clinching the title in the final race of the year at Brands Hatch, and beating team-mate Andrew Jordan by two points.
With the opportunity to become the first driver to win five BTCC championships, the 37-year-old has decided to remain with WSR and will continue to race the BMW 330i M Sport that the team introduced last year.
Speaking about the announcement, Turkington said: “Going into 2020 with Team BMW will mark my 16th season in the BTCC and I couldn’t be happier.
“Remaining with the team was never in doubt and we’re excited to be defending our titles together.
“Becoming a four-time champion was a very special moment, but I am motivated to keep striving for more.”
Turkington added that he felt WSR and Team BMW was the only realistic option for him, with the Northern Irishman wanting to guarantee as much as possible that he will be at the front next year, and the continuity should be a massive help.
“Racing with this team gives me the best chance to achieve further success and I’m so I’m thankful to BMW and WSR for these golden opportunities.” Turkington added.
“The consistency of the car and personnel is a great boost and further motivates me as we get to see what the potential of this BMW 3 Series actually is.
“There was a lot of ‘new’ to contend with in 2019 in terms of the car and my engineer, so familiarity of environment should only enhance things.”
WSR Team Principal, Dick Bennetts, also commented that last season was “special”, especially as the team only took delivery of their cars just 10 days before the start of the season, and that Turkington is one of the best drivers ever to have competed in the BTCC.
“Last year was one of the greatest achievements in the 39-year history of WSR.” commented Bennetts.
“To come into a series as tightly-contested as the BTCC with a brand-new BMW 3 Series, which only turned its first wheel 10 days before the start of the season, win first-time out, and then win both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, was something very special.
“Colin first drove for us 18 years ago and has been at the forefront of virtually every success we’ve had in the BTCC.
“He’s one of the best drivers the series has ever had, so it’s fantastic that he’ll once again lead the charge for Team BMW in 2020 as he aims for a record-breaking fifth title.”