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Turkington and Plato join forces at BTCC super team

Tuesday, February 17 2015

Double Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champions Colin Turkington and Jason Plato have caused a sensation by partnering up with Team BMR for a major assault on the 2015 championship, which kicks off at Brands Hatch on 4/5 April.

By signing reigning champion Turkington and 2014 runner-up Plato, Team BMR owner Warren Scott now has the most coveted driver line-up in the series, with over 100 BTCC wins between the pair. They will be joined by another winner, Irishman Aron Smith, who scored two victories with the squad's Volkswagen CC last year.

Turkington's move from WSR means that he will be racing front-wheel-drive equipment for the first time since his former employers ditched the MG ZS in 2006. Meanwhile Plato has opted for a fresh start after three unsuccessful title challenges with the Triple Eight-run MG6.

Turkington said: "I'm delighted to be defending my BTCC crown with Team BMR.  Getting behind the wheel of the Volkswagen is a fresh challenge after seven seasons in rear-wheel-drive machinery. I know that I'll need to work harder than ever to get up to speed, but I'm extremely motivated to succeed. Team BMR is still a relatively young outfit in the BTCC, however there is a strong team of experienced personnel behind the scenes working incredibly hard to make sure we can challenge at the front from the off. The collective ambition, motivation and hunger to win made this the perfect opportunity for me."

Plato said: "The decision for me to get involved with the outfit just became easier and easier. It's a fantastic team of people, it's well funded and it has the right ingredients to bake the best cake there is! It's something quite serious that Warren has put together, he's not playing games. The driver line-up is right up there with any I've been in, we've got two heavyweights in the same team from a technical point of view and the two guys who were the focus last year on track. I think it's going to be amazing. The performance push that both of us will give will help everybody."

Warren Scott said: "I am eager to get started on what will be a very exciting year ahead of us in the BTCC. With the strong driver line-up that we have in place along with a superb team of engineers, mechanics and other members of the Team BMR family, I feel confident that we have the potential to be championship contenders in 2015."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on 4/5 April are available from £26 with free entry for children under 13. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here. Click here for tickets for the Oulton Park round and here for tickets for the Snetterton round.