|West Surrey Racing will set to work transforming the 125i into a NGTC car|
WSR are designing and building new BMW 125i cars to NGTC specification for the 2013 season. The cars will be based on the M Sport version of the road car, and will be powered by 2-litre turbocharged engines in keeping with the BTCC rules. This new direction for WSR follows the use of a BMW 320si for the past 6 seasons.
eBay Motors is the UK’s leading online automotive marketplace and 2013 will be its fourth season in the BTCC, having been a partner of WSR since 2010.
Following a second place finish in the 2012 BTCC Teams’ Championship and 14 podium positions, the eBay Motors team will look to build on that result in 2013 by capitalising on the new model BMW and highly experienced team.
Andrew Hooks, eBay’s Head of Hard Goods (Motoring & Electronics), said: “We are excited by the prospect of a fourth BTCC season supporting the WSR team and the addition of the new BMW 1-Series. Being part of the championship has given us the opportunity to share our passion for the world of motors and highlight our huge selection of parts, accessories and vehicles on our UK site. We look forward to a competitive and successful 2013 season as eBay Motors.”
Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, said: “We are very pleased to continue our relationship with eBay Motors into the BTCC 2013 season. This is the fourth year we have worked together with eBay Motors and both parties are very focused on continuing the successes of previous seasons. With the introduction of the new model BMW 125i M Sport, we are confident of being very competitive throughout the 2013 season. We chose the new 1- Series as we felt it was more suitable to the current BTCC regulations. The wheelbase is quite a lot shorter than the new 3-Series car, so it should perform well on the tight twisty circuits that we race on in the UK.”
eBay Motors will announce a new livery, as well as the driver line-up for the 2013 BTCC season in the near future.
The first race of this year’s championship takes place at Brands Hatch on the 31st March 2013, with the Media day at Donington on March 21.
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