No Colin Turkington in BTCC 2010
It looks almost certain that we are not going to see the reigning champion in the British Touring Car Championship this year due to lack of funds.
“We have contacted close to 80 companies since christmas, but haven’t been able to secure anything like the funding required for this season despite the high profile of the BTCC and the 100-plus hours of television coverage the series receives,” said Turkington to the Belfast Telegraph.
“It is a huge disappointment, but I suppose it is just a reflection of the difficult times all businesses are experiencing.”
West Surrey Racing main sponsor RAC scaled down their involvement with the team significantly after the past season, something that has contributed to the fact that the team is unable to keep their champion.
“Motor racing at this level is a business, an expensive business, and while Dick has made it clear he wants me back in the team it has to be paid for and we haven’t been able to come up with the money,” said Turkington.
This is the first time for seven year that Turkington is not going to be on the grid when the season starts.
“It means I won’t be defending my title when the season starts at Thruxton over easter weekend. I’m devastated to be honest — it will be the first time since 2003 I haven’t been racing in the BTCC, but never say never,” said Turkington.
While things look grim at the moment, the reigning BTCC champion hopes to be back later in the season.
“I’m still trying my best to find the funding and West Surrey have a car there for me if something can be sorted out for later in the season, but even if that happens I wouldn’t be in a position to fight for the championship. After the highs of winning last season it is hard to get your head round the fact it is all over — for now at least,” said Turkington.