The West Surrey Racing eBay Motors team has formally launched its Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship bid, with an unchanged driver line-up of Colin Turkington, Rob Collard and Nick Foster spearheading its title challenge.
A long-time partner of BMW, eBay Motors switched to the 125i M Sport hatchback ahead of the 2013 season and despite a difficult start as it developed the new machine, the car eventually emerged as a title contender in the hands of returning former champion Colin Turkington, the 2009 winner scoring five victories en route to fifth overall.
Having spent the winter working with Neil Brown Engineering to extract more power from the engine, as well as develop the aerodynamics, Turkington feels he is now far better placed to mount a challenge.
“I feel really confident going into the season with eBay Motors, the guys have worked tirelessly over the off season to improve the car for the new season,” he said. “We have made a number of tweaks that will make us competitive from the start. I think the new design looks great and will set the car apart from the others on the grid. I can't wait for the opening race of the season at Brands Hatch.”
In a year that will see a record seven former champions, as well as a bevy of new and existing talent, contest the championship, team manager Dick Bennetts remains confident that he has the car and driver line-up to come out on top.
“I have a great feeling about the upcoming season. We were impressed with the car last season and feel that with a season with the BMW 125i M Sport under our belt we can be competitive from the first race. We are immensely grateful of the support from eBay Motors and BMW, who buy into our vision and potential of this team.”