Colin Turkington returns to Touring Cars?
Portadown’s ex BTCC Champion Colin Turkington will be returning to the penultimate round of 2012 WTCC next weekend and driving for Team Aviva-Cofco, in a one-off appearance at the Shanghai event. Turkington will be at the wheel of a Chevrolet Cruze run by West Surrey Racing (WSR) the same team that run Colin’s championship winning BMW in 2009
Colin Turkington commented “It’s great to be back in the WTCC again representing Aviva-Cofco and I’m really excited to be driving the Shanghai F1 Circuit. I haven’t raced since the WTCC event at Tianma last year, so it’ll probably take a while to get the rust out of the system. It’s also the first time I’ll have a driven the Chevrolet Cruze, which looks a great car. The last time I drove a front wheel-drive touring car was for WSR in 2006, so that’s another steep learning curve!”
WSR Team Principal, Dick Bennetts added “We’re really pleased to be back in the WTCC again with the support of Aviva. It’s going to be a tough challenge for Colin and the team to learn a new car and a new track, but we’re all looking forward to it. Our original plan was to use a BMW, with which Colin and the team have had a lot of previous success. However, the car was written-off in an accident in the Sonoma WTCC event, so we had to look at other options. We’ve obtained the car from RML and they’ve bent over backwards to help us get everything to Shanghai in time, so we can’t thank them enough.”
Interestingly since the news broke Turkington has been spotted at Kirkistown race circuit driving his Championship winning Ford Fiesta to gain some front wheel drive experience. Turkington’s recent race action was in 2011 where Turkington drove a BMW 320si in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship for the team Flash Engineering as teammate of Jan Nilsson. Turkington scored 5 podiums in 18 races but no wins and finished 5th in the standings. Turkington has also joined the WTCC every now and then in 2007, 2010 and 2011, claiming some brilliant results: one victory at Okayama in 2010 and four other podium results, including one second place in last year’s Race of China at Tianma.