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New BMW 3 Series to compete in 2019 BTCC

New BMW 3 Series to compete in 2019 BTCC

by James Attwood

27 February 2019

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The new BMW 3 Series will appear in the British Touring Car Championship this year, with multiple title-winning squad West Surrey Racing running a trio of the new machines.

The race cars will be based on the recently launched new model, and will return the 3 Series to the championship for the first time since 2012. 

Team BMW will run a pair of machines for reigning champion Colin Turkington and rising star Tom Oliphant, with 2012 champion Andrew Jordan driving a third WSR-run machine under the BMW Pirtek Racing banner. 

BMW UK CEO Graeme Grieve said: “The BMW 3 Series has a rich and successful history competing in the BTCC and we are extremely proud to see that tradition continue.”

BMW has a long history in the BTCC, with many of its highlights coming when fielding 3 Series models. Five drivers have claimed the overall BTCC title driving a 3 Series: Frank Sytner in 1988, Will Hoy in 1991, Tim Harvey in 1993, Joachim Winkelhock in 1993 and Turkington in 2009.

WSR switched from the 3 Series to the 125i M Sport in 2013, with Turkington adding titles in 2014 and last season. Under current BTCC regulations, all cars must use turbocharged 2.0-litre engines, mated to a six-speed sequential shift gearbox. A series of common and control parts are used.

Turkington said the car switch had “delivered a potent dose of motivation into an already dedicated team.” He added: “It’s a very busy time for the engineering team back at base as they build and develop the cars for the new season, but the expertise is there to get the job done.”

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