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.
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).
Rob Collard will drive for Power Maxed Racing in the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, completing the outfit's line-up.
With a record of 15 race wins, 61 podiums and 16 fastest laps over a BTCC career spanning some 18 years, Collard joins Jason Plato in the PMR designed-and-builtVauxhall Astra, and the Hampshire man is as hungry as he's ever been.
Eighteen years after winning his first BTCC title with Vauxhall, Jason Plato will be back behind the wheel of an Astra this season.
Plato will be joining the squad for his 21st year in the championship. The Oxford based star has won more races than any other driver in the history of the BTCC with 97 wins and has been in contention to win the title on finals day as many as 9 times out of the last 15.
Senna Proctor is returning to BMR Racing, racing a Subaru Levorg in this season's Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
Proctor first joined the team in 2015 with the BMR Academy when he raced in the Ginetta Junior Championship which then saw him progress the following year to the Renault UK Clio Cup Championship in 2016 remaining under the BMR banner.
Subaru will stay in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship this season, with the Japanese brand targeting the manufacturers' title to compliment the drivers' crown it won with Ash Sutton in 2017.
BMR will run the team, which will again consist of two Subaru Levorgs, and be sponsored by Adrian Flux Insurance Services.
Josh Cook will join BTC Racing for the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
The BTCC race winner, and former Jack Sears Trophy champion, will race for the Brackley-based team alongside Chris Smiley.
F1 and Le Mans star Mark Blundell is to make a dramatic return to racing, joining Trade Price Cars to compete in this year's Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
In a coup for the team, owned by the award-winning Essex-based motor dealership and run by technical partners AmD Tuning, Blundell has agreed terms on a deal that will see him make his touring car debut at the wheel of an Audi S3.
BTC Racing has announced the return of Chris Smiley to complete his third full year in the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
Establishing himself in 2018 as a regular top ten finisher, Chris showed strong pace as soon as he stepped into the Honda Civic Type R FK2 at the start of last season.
Despite limited track time, he competed hard all season achieving career highlights, including his first podium at Donington Park and first BTCC race win at Rockingham Motor Speedway in August.