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BMW brings 3 series back to BTCC

The 3 Series will return to Britain’s premier motor racing series this year, with BMW confirming it is to bring its best-selling model worldwide back to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.

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A prolific winner virtually from the outset, the story of the BMW 3 Series in the BTCC is a long and distinguished one, yielding five Drivers’ titles and two Manufacturers’ crowns between 1988 and 2009, from Frank Sytner’s success with the M3 to Colin Turkington’s triumph with the 320Si E90.

In-between, there were back-to-back championships for Will Hoy (1991), Tim Harvey (1992) and Joachim Winkelhock(1993).

Turkington to defend BTCC title with BMW

Colin Turkington and Team BMW will return to the BritishTouring Car Championship this year to defend the titles won in 2018.

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Turkington recorded his third BTCC crown with WSR-runTeam BMW in 2018, scoring 10 podiums – more than any other driver – and finishing inside the top five on 15 occasions at the wheel of his BMW 125i M Sport.

Jordan joins WSR in 2017 BTCC

Andrew Jordan will switch to BMW power in the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring car Championship after signing a two year deal with West Surrey Racing.

Andrew Jordan will be racing a BMW in 2017

The former BTCC title winner will race the latest development of the WSR-designed-and-built BMW 125i M Sport, which won both the teams’ and manufacturers’ championships this season, in both 2017 and 2018.

Nick Foster returns to BMW at Rockingham

Former BTCC regular Nick Foster makes a one-off return to the series next weekend after it was confirmed he would drive the Team IHG® Rewards Club BMW at Rockingham this weekend.

Foster is testing at Donington Park today ahead of this weekend's races at Rockingham

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Regular racer Andy Priaulx misses the event due to scheduled GT commitments with BMW and after careful consideration of some 16 interested drivers, both IHG®Rewards Club and West Surrey Racing opted for Foster’s return.

Priaulx looking forward to the challenge of a BTCC return

Unveiling his BMW BTCC challenger for 2015, three time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx says he's relishing the challenge facing him this year.

"I had a stonking year in America last year," he said, "and I'm really confident I'm going to have a good season this season. It's a new team to work with and you always go trhough growing pains but I think we have a good foundation for the long term.

Andy Priaulx takes the covers off his new BTCC car.