Colin Turkington is backing the Team BMR’s Subaru Levorg to make a British Touring Car Championship impact - even if it the full returns do not arrive until beyond this season.
The two-time British champion will launch a bid for a third prize this weekend across the opening round at Brands Hatch.
The association with Subaru marks a return to rear-wheel drive for the Portadown ace and a repeat of the conditions under which he claimed both previous British crowns.
Turkington - who won the Independents’ Drivers’ Championship last season behind the front-wheel drive Volkswagen - is excited at the Subaru’s long-term potential.
“We are starting from scratch with the Subaru Levorg but the switch has been made as the belief is it gives the team the best chance of winning ,” said Turkington, now entering a second season with Team BMR. “It is getting tight to the wire to have four cars ready and that is a massive undertaking by the team, with lots of long hours and all-night shifts.
“Due to the timing, this weekend will mark the first chance to get the car out on a circuit but we are all looking forward to the long-term progress.
“It is a project that will develop over the next two or three years really and we must keep expectations in check for this opening weekend.
“I am in the right place at the right time and have been getting as much time behind the wheel as possible in other ways leading up to Brands Hatch and the Subaru.
“I have had experience of something similar in the past in terms of introducing a different car then learning within the environment of the season.
“The British championship is a learning experience anyway every meeting and 30 rounds marks a long season.
“We anticipate a few gremlins, of course, although everyone is determined to do the best with the kit we have available now.
“It is an ultra-competitive grid, with 32 cars out at Brand Hatch and smaller margins than ever between points.
“But it is about bringing the A-game and we will push on together.”