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Jackson, Turkington get BMW accolade.

British Touring Car drivers Mat Jackson and Colin Turkington have been awarded third and fourth place respectively in this year's BMW Sports Trophy.

The pair were one of 141 drivers nominated for the overall prize, which honours those involved with BMW at some point over the year but haven't been receiving direct backing from the German manufacturer.

Drivers of various privateer BMW machines scored points in 20 race series over the year, including the World Touring Car Championship, British Touring Car Championship, ADAC Procar and Nurburgring 24-Hours.

In the end, the Sports Trophy, presented at the Postpalast venue in Munich, went to WTCC competitor Franz Engstler, who was recognised for finishing as Independent Trophy runner-up this year, as well as his involvement in endurance racing and team management in Asia.

He triumphed over Swedish Touring Car Champion Richard Göransson, with Jackson and Turkington marginally adrift after emerging second and fourth respectively in this year's BTCC standings.

“Looking back at 2008, we're proud that we achieved our goals once again in the third year of our Formula One team,” BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen said. “We were aiming to record our maiden victory, and we did so with a 1-2. Plus, we collected our first pole position and two fastest race laps. In the WTCC we took six victories, but had to concede the title to our rivals for the first time.

“And Formula BMW Europe enjoyed a good debut season with its races on the Formula One support programme. However, this evening is traditionally an occasion for honouring those drivers and teams who have competed internationally at a high level of motor racing without works support and have served as crucial ambassadors for the performance capability of our products."


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