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Stephen Jelley has been confirmed at Team BMW’s new third seat in the team for the 2021 British Touring Car Championship.

The 38-year-old returns to the West Surrey Racing squad since last racing for them 12 years ago.

His BTCC debut was in a WSR-run BMW 320si in 2008, claiming his maiden pole position in his rookie season at Brands Hatch.

A first podium finish was at Croft, the following year, as was two consecutive wins at Rockingham.

Stephen Jelley said: “There were times over the past few years – even when I was winning and getting podiums in the 1 Series – that I wasn’t sure I’d have an opportunity like this again, so to say that I’m looking forward to the season would be a huge understatement.

“When I walked into the workshop for the first time in over a decade, the first thing that I noticed was just how many trophies there are on the shelves now, and that’s incredibly inspiring.”

He returned to touring cars back in 2017 after racing GT cars both within the UK and on an international level.

The past three seasons have been with Team Parker Racing in a WSR-built BMW 125i M Sport, taking race victory at Oulton Park in 2019.

He looks to add onto his BTCC career tally of three wins, eight podium finishes, and one pole position.

He continued: “I’ve spent the past few years in a WSR-built BMW 1 Series, so there won’t be an issue adapting to the 330i M Sport, and I’m pleased to have both Colin [Turkington] and Tom [Oliphant] in the team because I think we can all work together well to keep pushing ourselves forwards.”

Team Principal Dick Bennetts added how Jelley’s performances in the 1 Series showed that “he remains a tenacious racer who performs best in rear-wheel-drive cars.”

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