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Turkington and WSR in WTCC return

Colin Turkington, WSR BMW, Brno 2010Colin Turkington will return to the World Touring Car Championship at Okayama next weekend.

The 2009 British Touring Car champion will drive a lone WSR-run BMW 320si in both Japan and Macau under the Aviva Cofco banner in deference to the team's new sponsor.

Team principal Dick Bennetts, who ran Turkington to three podium finishes in six races during the middle of the WTCC season, said that the deal was a big relief for the team.

"We thought after the way we went at the Algarve, Brands Hatch and Brno that finding backing for the Asian races would be relatively straightforward," he told AUTOSPORT.

"It's not been the case though and we've had to work bloody hard to get the deal done and are very happy about it.

"Clearly this shows how much potential the WTCC has in the Chinese market so it's a good situation for us to be in."

Bennetts said that no decision has been taken on whether the BMW, a 2007 model, would run in current or 'old' specification, as it did mid-season.

Under the ballast regulations for Okayama, new-spec BMWs will have a base weight 60kg heavier than old machines.

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