Colin Turkington will make a one-off return to the World Touring Car Championship at next weekend’s round at Donington Park, driving the Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC.
The Northern Irishman – who won in the WTCC at Okayama last year in a West Surrey Racing BMW – will replace the team’s new stand-in driver Stefano D’Aste, who is contracted to race in another category on the same weekend.
D’Aste had himself been brought in as a replacement for the well-off-the-pace Swiss rookie Urs Sonderegger, who parted ways with the team after several anonymous performances with the German squad.
D’Aste had immediately impressed on his appearance by finishing in the points on his return race at Porto last weekend, and briefly leading the second race from pole until he was issued with a drive-through penalty.
Speaking of the opportunity to return to the WTCC, Turkington said: “It’s great to be back racing in front of my British fans on such a fantastic circuit like Donington Park.
“I have raced there many times in a BMW but this will be my first experience with the new 1.6 turbo engine. I’m really excited to see how this performs and I’m confident we can deliver a strong performance.”
Running a limited programme last year, Turkington claimed four podium finishes in ten races – he was kicked out of the Independents’ Trophy category for being too competitive! – en route to finishing in the top-ten in the overall Drivers’ Championship standings.
Turkington now competes in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, where he lies sixth overall.
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