Team BMW driver, Colin Turkington secured his third title in the 2018 season finale of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, at Brands Hatch recently. The Northern Irishman is one of only eight drivers to have won three or more BTCC crowns (adding to those he won in 2009 and 2014).
BMW also returned to the podium, and was crowned winner of the Manufacturers’ Championship, while WSR-run Team BMW also became Team Champions at the Kent track.
Turkington, said: “It feels sensational to be a three-time champion. It’s special to win it once, but to secure the hat-trick is something I never dreamed possible. But 2018 was the toughest BTCC season ever, both in terms of competitiveness and from a personal point of view. There were 17 different race winners, so to come out on top is amazing. The team has done a super job all year, and to win the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’ titles is some feat.”
Graeme Grieve, CEO of BMW Group UK, said: “We are absolutely delighted for Colin and Team BMW, particularly as the BTCC is one of the most significant race series in the UK. The title is testament to their commitment and the competiveness of the BMW 125i M Sport.”
BMW UK’s financial investment in the BTCC team included the funding of technical developments on all fronts, focused on the very latest BMW engine technology.