2018 BTCC CHAMPION
COLIN TURKINGTON TAKES THE DIAMOND JUBILEE CROWN TO BE BECOME TRIPLE BTCC CHAMPION
The 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion was crowned yesterday (Sunday 30th September) at a dramatic season finale at Brands Hatch. Clinching his third BTCC title, Colin Turkington departed with the most coveted prize in British motorsport, securing his glory in round 29 of 30 from Tom Ingram and Tom Chilton who took second and third place respectively.
EMOTIONAL VICTORY FOR TURKINGTON
It was an emotional victory for the Team BMW driver as he realised his four year dream since becoming a double champion with West Surrey Racing and eBay Motors in 2014. Praising the efforts of his team and the support of BMW, Turkington maintained it was the dogged determination and hard graft that stood by them in his bid to become a triple BTCC Champion. He now joins an illustrious list of drivers becoming only the seventh driver in its 60 year history to have secured the crown three times.
“It just feels sensational to be a three-time champion. It is special to win it once but to secure the hat-trick is something I never dreamed possible. 2018 was the toughest BTCC season ever both in terms of competitiveness and from a personal point of view. There were 17 different race winners so to come out on top is amazing.
The team has done a super job all year, and to win the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’ titles is some feat. When you consider we won just one race, but we were very consistent and always scoring points. It shows you that we worked hard and never gave up. That was always the game plan, to race clever and always be thinking about the next event. I had to qualify and race half of the season whilst carrying the maximum success ballast, so we knew it was going to be more important than ever to be smart because pole positions and wins with that weight just wouldn’t be possible.
I can’t tell people how much you have to sacrifice to come out on top. There are so many reasons why you can’t win this championship and you just have to keep believing even when you think it’s not possible. I made myself believe that we would do it. I am so happy for WSR, for BMW and for my family. It feels like the best one because it has been the hardest year off the track. We lost an important member of the team in Tippa [Simon Wood] and I lost my Mum. The BTCC kept us focused and kept us happy.
The trackside and home support has been off the scale this year for me, and I want to extend my thanks to all my fans. Their belief in me and their passion for this championship is incredible and it spurs me on to deliver. There really is nowhere in the world quite like a BTCC event for me, and that is simply down to the fans. Thank you!
I’d also like to congratulate Tom Ingram on a stellar season and a brilliant battle right to the end. He raced like a champion all year and I’m sure his time will come.”