BTCC 2017: Turkington wants quick resolution after Team BMR split

Colin Turkington says he wants to secure his British Touring Car Championship future in "the next few weeks", following his exit from Team BMR

BTCC 2017: Turkington wants quick resolution after Team BMR split

Two-time champion Turkington's split with the squad after two seasons emerged on Friday, having finished fourth last year in its new-for-2016 Subaru Levorg.

Turkington has been heavily linked with a return to the WSR BMW outfit, with which he won his 2009 and 2014 titles, and acknowledged that the "rumour mill is obviously going".

"My exit from BMR was only yesterday, so I need some time to absorb the news, and work out the next path," he said at Autosport International on Saturday.

"Number one in any driver's mind is putting yourself in the most-competitive car, the best team - you have to give yourself the best chance to win.

"That's my focus right now.

"I'll continue to work hard over the next few weeks to make something happen."

WSR has already recruited Andrew Jordan to drive one of its 125i M Sports this year, with its 2016 series runner-up Sam Tordoff switching to British GT.

Turkington played down the prospect of spending 2017 on the sidelines, having been squeezed out of the BTCC for three seasons after winning his first title in 2009.

"I've made a good job of that in the past, making the right move at the right time," he said.

"I've been in this position a few times before and it's always turned out OK for me.

"I want to definitely stay in BTCC, I love the championship, I grew up watching it.

"I still want to be there competing and winning, I've still got the hunger for it."

2017 BTCC LINE-UP SO FAR

AmD Tuning Audi S3 Saloon
Ollie Jackson, Ant Whorton-Eales

BTC Racing Chevrolet Cruze
Chris Smiley, Dave Newsham

Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Adam Morgan

Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type-R
Jeff Smith, TBA

Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis
Rob Austin

Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Aiden Moffat

Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus
TBA

Motorbase Performance Ford Focus
Mat Jackson, Luke Davenport, Martin Depper

Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra
Tom Chilton, Senna Proctor

Speedworks Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram

Team BMR Subaru Levorg
TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA

Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R
Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Matt Simpson

Team Hard VW CC
Will Burns, Michael Epps, TBA

Team Parker Ford Focus
TBA

Triple Eight MG MG6
TBA, TBA

WSR BMW 125i M Sport
Andrew Jordan, TBA, TBA

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