Media test: Turkington hopeful that Levorg can be BTCC ‘game-changer’

Double British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington believes the timing of Team BMR's newly launched Subaru Levorg has beautifully coincided with the introduction of the latest set of RML control parts
Double British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington believes the introduction of the new RML control parts has made the timing of Subaru's debut launch in the series all the more favourable.

Last season marked the end of GPRM's reign as the BTCC's sole technical partner with RML taking control from 2016 onwards - essentially creating a blank canvas of development for the upcoming campaign.

Since then, Team BMR have replaced its fleet of Volkswagen CC's in place of four revolutionary Subaru Levorg GT's, following the squad's tie up with the legendary Japanese manufacturer.

A minor delay with the engine mount of the Levorg meant the Subaru was unable to run during the Media test but Turkington is confident that his latest RWD challenger has all the right ingredients - coupled with BMR's technical knowhow - of developing into a championship contender.

Although BMR are starting from scratch with the Levorg, Turkington doesn't necessarily think that will be a disadvantage, given the team will have less data to get tangled up in.

"There's no reason why we can't be competitive from the get go. I'm yet to drive the car so we've got to keep our expectations in check but we're all hopeful that we've got a game changer here," Turkington told

"It's going to take time to learn and understand the car and see what makes it tick. We can't expect miracles straightaway. We've been down this road before so we're not going into this completely blind. We've got a good idea on where to start with our base package.

"All the right ingredients are there. The shape and look of the car, along with the boxer engine, makes the package very unique. It's interesting to see where we'll fall into the pack and we won't know that until Brands Hatch.

"I think with the introduction of the RML parts, that everyone has to deal with, makes it a really good time to introduce the new car.

"We're putting the new suspension straight on to a new car. We don't have to relearn anything. We can just get our heads down and try to understand what we've got straight away."

While acknowledging that much of his success has come from RWD machinery, Turkington played down the significance of his previous exploits in handing the former champion an edge over his competitors.

"I'm pleased I'm going to be turning up to Brands Hatch in this Levorg, even though it's brand new and straight out of the box. I think it will give us a chance over the next few season's to consistently fight at the front and try to win championships," Turkington continued.

"I'm just looking forward to driving the car. I guess most of my success has come with RWD but I'm just looking forward to getting in and enjoying my driving, that's the bit we're all look forward to."

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Colin Turkington (GBR) Team BMR Subaru Levorg
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March 23, 2016 12:13 PM

I'm very hopeful for Turkington this year. He has always gone well in RWD machinery, despite FWD being the layout of preference for low-aero racing cars. He has always outperformed the theoretical limitations of FE-RWD equipment. His main team rival however has much more limited FE-RWD experience and he may struggle. Everything looks good for Colin as long as the Levorg is developed quickly.

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