Turkington to race in Scandinavia

Colin Turkington will race in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship this year after signing for top BMW squad Flash Engineering

Turkington to race in Scandinavia

The former British Touring Car champion was a race-winner in the World Touring Car Championship with WSR last year, but has been unable to find a budget to compete at world level again.

Turkington, 28, joins an impressive list of drivers in the series - including fellow former BTCC champions Rickard Rydell and James Thompson, plus four-time Swedish champion Richard Goransson, ex-Formula 1 driver Jan Magnussen and Formula 3000 race-winner Jason Watt.

He is under no illusion as to the challenge he faces, but believes his knowledge of the BMW 320si, following four years of racing such a model for WSR, will be crucial.

"I know the BMW like the back of my hand, but the tracks in Scandinavia are another matter, and they very tight and twisty - very different from most UK tracks," he told AUTOSPORT.

"If I can get my head around them quickly then we should be in for a good season, but there's an incredibly strong field of drivers I'll be up against and it won't be easy to beat guys like Thompson, Rydell and [Jan] Magnussen. They've won a lot between them and won't be keen to give way to anyone."

His team-mate will be team principal Jan Nilsson, who said: "Colin is a top driver and he can be very successful with us. He knows a lot about the BMW and so do we, so I think we will compliment each other very well."

Turkington did not rule out making guest appearances in the BTCC with WSR, provided he could find the budget and the team has a car available for him.

"There are only two STCC rounds that clash with the BTCC, so it's something I'd like to do," he added. "It's all a question of whether we can put the package together, though."

shares
comments
Highcroft expects to defend title
Previous article

Highcroft expects to defend title

Next article

Aston, Corvette quickest at Sebring

Aston, Corvette quickest at Sebring
Load comments
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020