It’s been announced today that BMR will return to the grid this season with Jason Plato and Colin Turkington, a la last year. However Scott has stepped down from driving duties and, quite unsurprisingly, Aaron Smith has left the team. However that isn’t the only thing that has changed.
Team BMR will field two Subaru Levorg Sports Tourers for Palto and Turkington and the team will have manufacturer backing, therefore meaning that it will not defend the independent’s team championship. It is the first time that Subaru have entered the Britsh Touring Car Championship and are keen to make an effort. I think that their efforts will be shown very well as they have two of the best drivers between them with over 100 victories and 4 drivers championships.
Paul Tunnicliffe, Managing Director for Subaru UK & Ireland said, “We’re very excited to have teamed up with BMR from the 2016 Championship – the first time a Subaru has competed in BTCC, although the Levorg features the Subaru famed all-wheel drive system, the car can be easily developed to compete with rear-wheel drive in order to comply with the BTCC regulations… so we can’t wait to see how it goes against very established competition.”
I am extremely delighted that Team BMR are to become a Manufacturer team in only our fourth year of competing in the BTCC,” enthused Warren Scott, Team Principal of Team BMR. “I have had aspirations of becoming a race-winning team with factory support from the very beginning and I am immensely proud of the team for giving Subaru the confidence to partner with BMR.”
His two drivers, Plato and Turkington seemed very excited.
“Continuing with Team BMR for the 2016 season was an easy decision for me and represents a great opportunity to build on our strong maiden campaign,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started with the development of the new Subaru Levorg BTCC race car and I’m more motivated than ever to win. This announcement is huge news for the Championship and equally for me.”
“Part of my role when joining BMR was to help secure a manufacturer deal,” said Plato. “The iconic Subaru brand has always been right at the top of my wish list. Obviously it goes without saying that I am very excited about our future together and I’m confident that BMR will produce a fantastic package for me to fight for the Championship. This really is exciting times for us all… I can’t wait for the season to begin.”
“We are delighted to welcome another manufacturer to the BTCC and particularly one with such an incredible motor sport heritage,” commented Series Organiser, Alan Gow. “Subaru is an iconic brand with a huge following and its introduction to the BTCC is certain to excite our many fans both in the UK and around the world. No doubt Team BMR with its hugely experienced and talented driver line-up will make for a very successful partnership.”
The new British Touring Car Season gets underway on 3rd April, with all of Sunday’s action on ITV4 (presumably).