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Colin Turkington was quick to distance himself from rumours linking him with a return to WSR after it was revealed on Friday that he and Team BMR have parted company ahead of the 2017 season. A return to WSR would see him partner 2013 Champion Andrew Jordan and see him reunited with the team in which he has won his two BTCC titles to date, the last coming in 2014 in the team’s current BMW 125i.
Turkington’s first title came in 2009 when he beat Jason Plato and Fabrizio Giovanardi to his maiden crown, in the BMW 320si. However following the withdrawal of WSR’s main sponsor RAC, Turkington was left without a drive in 2010 and would not return to the series until 2013, again with WSR.
The Ulsterman has already stated he is working hard to secure a deal for the 2017 season, with the news taking many by surprise ensuring he now becomes one of the most sought after free agents on the market.
Speaking at the Autosport Show in Birmingham, Turkington was quoted in saying “My exit from BMR was only yesterday, so I need some time to absorb the news, and work out the next path.”
With limited seats left on the grid for 2017, Turkington will have to move fast, however he has no intention of sitting out the coming season and feels that he can make the right decision going forward, continuing to be in the best car possible allowing him to fight for wins and championships. “I’ve been in this position before so I will get my head down and work on getting a deal done in the next few weeks.”