BMW revives the 3 series in BTCC

The 3 series model will compete for the BTCC title once again, with three cars being run by WSR in 2019.

Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant and Andrew Jordan will drive the 330i saloon next season. The cars will be powered by 2.0 litre turbocharged engines, tuned by Neil Brown, the same engine that saw Turkington take the title last year.

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He had this to say:

“It’s going to be great to get back behind the wheel of the 3 Series. It brings back some very happy memories. We know the BTCC never stands still, and you have to keep pushing forwards.

We had got every last bit – and probably even more – out of the 1 Series but now we have got a new programme to get our teeth in to.

There is a lot of ground to cover, but if it all goes according to plan, I think we will be at the party from the opening race.”

Seeing the 3 series back in the sport brings back many memories of success for the marque, with the Prodrive M3 taking the title with Frank Sytner in 1988, Will Hoy, Tim Harvey and Jo Winklehock up to 1993.

Team boss Dick Bennetts said:

“A lot of work and countless hours lay ahead, but we are confident of turning this car into a winner. We have achieved a great deal of success with the 3 Series, and we are excited to see what the new version is capable of.

We aren’t sure when the car will hit the track yet but I hope we will be able to get some mileage before the first meeting.”

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