Jelley and Turkington continue at Team BMW into BTCC hybrid era

West Surrey Racing has confirmed four-time champion Colin Turkington and Stephen Jelley at the BMW works outfit into the 2022 season.

Last year’s vice-champion will compete in the maiden season of the hybrid era alongside Stephen Jelley as a teammate for a consecutive year.

He has raced at WSR for 11 of his 17 seasons having secured four championship titles for the team.

The success has put him third on the list of BTCC career victories at 60.

Jelley returned to the WSR outfit last year where he fulfilled 18 consecutive points finishes, after four seasons at Team Parker Racing.

Turkington said: “Of course, winning the championship is the aim, as it always is, but the move to Hybrid technology is going to add an extra challenge.

“Because of the change in technology and weight, it’s going to be like starting with an all-new car for everyone on the grid, so being able to keep calm, maximise every points opportunity, stay reliable and race well will be more important than ever before.

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“It has the potential to create overtaking opportunities that previously didn’t exist and gives us all the chance to race more sustainably – which is something that’s very important to me.”

Jelley added: “We had a good year in 2021 and while it would have been nice to pick up a win, the overall performance was strong,” after landing two podium results.

“I’m looking forward to working with WSR, BMW and Colin again, and also with Jake [Hill] – who’s a good chap and a hard racer. I think we’ll all be very fast and competitive.

“My engineer Andy [Miller] has experience from Formula E that should help us hit the ground running with the Hybrid system too.

“In a season where there’ll be so many unknowns, having that experience, allied to WSR’s preparation and BMW’s reliability, is going to be very important.”

The 65th season will open at Donington Park on April 23/24 where the championship’s most successful team will challenge for the respective championship titles once again.