eBay Motors is to continue its title sponsorship of West Surrey Racing in the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
WSR are designing and building new BMW 125i cars to NGTC specification for the 2013 season. The cars will be based on the M Sport version of the road car, and will be powered by 2-litre turbocharged engines in keeping with the BTCC rules. This new direction for WSR follows the use of a BMW 320si for the past six seasons.
Following a second place finish in the 2012 BTCC Teams' Championship and 14 podium positions, the eBay Motors team will be aiming to build on that success next year.
“We are very pleased to continue our relationship with eBay Motors into the BTCC 2013 season,” said Dick Bennetts, WSR team principal. “This is the fourth year we have worked together with eBay Motors and both parties are very focused on continuing the successes of previous seasons.
“With the introduction of the new model BMW 125i M Sport, we are confident of being very competitive throughout the 2013 season. We chose the new 1- Series as we felt it was more suitable to the current BTCC regulations. The wheelbase is quite a lot shorter than the new 3-Series car, so it should perform well on the tight twisty circuits that we race on in the UK.”
Andrew Hooks, eBay's Head of Hard Goods (Motoring & Electronics), added: “We are excited by the prospect of a fourth BTCC season supporting the WSR team and the addition of the new BMW 1-Series.
“Being part of the championship has given us the opportunity to share our passion for the world of motors and highlight our huge selection of parts, accessories and vehicles on our UK site. We look forward to a competitive and successful 2013 season as eBay Motors.”
eBay Motors will announce its driver line-up for 2013 and unveil its new livery in the 'near future'.