2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington picked up the BMW Sports Trophy at the weekend.

Turkington, who also scooped the same accolade in 2007, was presented with the award and a cheque for 30,000 Euros by BMW Motorsport director, Mario Theissen at a ceremony in Munich on Saturday evening.

The Team RAC man scored 610 points in the 2009 BMW Sports Trophy, beating off competition from Swedish Touring Car Championship duo Richard G?ransson and Thed Bj?rk, who came in second and third, with 488 and 465 points' respectively.

"Winning the BMW Sports Trophy is the perfect end to what has been a very successful season for me," said Turkington. "BMW offers great support to us privateers, and I am pleased to be able to say thank you this year with the BTCC title."

Theissen meanwhile paid homepage to Turkington's form in the BTCC, which saw the Northern Irishman notch up six wins.

"As in 2007, Colin Turkington came through to win the trophy. His performance deserves the utmost respect: thanks to him a BMW driver has won the British Touring Car Championship for the first time since Joachim Winkelhock last achieved this feat 16 years ago," Theissen stated.

"The BMW Sports Trophy is becoming more and more popular. This year 198 drivers from 24 countries scored points towards the overall standings in 29 international racing series.

"I would like to say a big thank you to all participants in the BMW Sports Trophy. Their performances in a diverse range of racing series around the world make them the best possible ambassadors to demonstrate the capability of our cars."

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