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Turkington, Jelley stay with WSR BMW squad for 2022

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington will continue to lead the West Surrey Racing-run official BMW squad for the 2022 season.

Colin Turkington, Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport

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The team has confirmed that 39-year-old Turkington will stay on for what will be his 16th season under the WSR umbrella, and that three-time BTCC race winner Stephen Jelley will remain to complete the line-up.

The duo will join Jake Hill, who has switched over from the Motorbase-run MB Motorsport Ford line-up for 2022.

Turkington, who has won all four of his BTCC crowns with WSR, told Motorsport.com: “It’s a case of if it’s not broke, don’t try to fix it.

“I’m excited about the new [hybrid] era of the BTCC. There’s no other team and manufacturer I’d like to be going into that with than WSR and BMW – I’m sure they’ll do a great job with the installation of the hybrid package.

“The key is reliability, and that’s always been a strength of the team.”

Turkington added that he is hoping to get behind the wheel of the hybrid-equipped BMW 330e M Sport (the car’s nomenclature has changed from 330i due to the hybrid) next month.

“If everything goes well, we’re aiming to be out the third week of March, but it’s like every other team – we don’t have the hybrid kit yet,” he said.

Colin Turkington, Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport

Colin Turkington, Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport

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Turkington is also excited about partnering Jelley and Hill, the replacement for Tom Oliphant, who is taking a sabbatical in Australia.

“I think we have the perfect blend in the team,” said Turkington. “I’m probably the one who has the experience, as does Stephen, while Jake has youth on his side – we have all the angles covered.

“I feel very hungry and motivated to chase more success – a new era brings new opportunities.”

WSR boss Dick Bennetts said that the target over the winter has been to address the issues that led to Turkington’s defeat in the past two seasons to Ash Sutton and the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti.

“We’re doing a bit of work on the car to try to make up for the deficiencies we had last year,” Bennetts told Motorsport.com

“We’re very pleased to have the continuity with Colin and Stephen, and also for Jake to be joining – we’re looking forward to it.

“And the development we’re doing on the car, irrespective of the hybrid hopefully we’ll make up a bit of lost ground. We want to get up to being number one again.”

BTCC driver line-up so far

Laser Tools Racing Infiniti: Aiden Moffat, Dexter Patterson, TBA
West Surrey Racing BMW: Colin Turkington, Jake Hill, Stephen Jelley
BTC Racing Honda: TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA
Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai: Tom Ingram, Dan Lloyd, Tom Chilton, TBA
Motorbase Performance Ford: Ash Sutton, Dan Cammish, Ollie Jackson, Sam Osborne
Team Dynamics Honda: Gordon Shedden, Dan Rowbottom, TBA
Speedworks Motorsport Toyota: TBA, TBA, TBA
Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall: TBA, TBA
Ciceley Motorsport BMW: Adam Morgan, TBA
Team Hard Cupra: Jack Goff, Aron Taylor-Smith, TBA, TBA

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