James Cole will join Team BMR to complete the Subaru UK manufacturer team’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship line-up for 2016.
A former British Formula Ford champion, Cole joins the Team BMR line-up alongside Team Principal Warren Scott and double champions Colin Turkington and Jason Plato.
Cole will drive one of the team’s four all-new Subaru Levorg Sports Tourers, having previously raced under Team HARD, United Autosports and most recently with Motorbase Performance for half a season in 2015 in a Ford Focus ST.
Speaking of his new venture, Cole stated his delight, saying: “I’m very excited to be joining Warren and the talented team of people he has brought together at BMR.
“I’ve still got loads to learn in BTCC and I couldn’t be in a better place to do that alongside Carl & Kevin, my engineer Richard Owen, and two of the best BTCC drivers, Jason and Colin. My previous successes came in rear wheel drive so I believe a big step forward can be made this year. I would also like to thank Warren for this great opportunity. I intend to make the most of it.”
Team Manager Alan Cole added “I am pleased to welcome James to the team, I look forward to adding his rear wheel drive experience to our new project and I am expecting good things for the season as he learns from his team mates.”
The team continue with the build of their new Subaru Levorg, hopeful for a reveal at the official BTCC Season Launch at Donington Park on Tuesday 22 March.
A delighted Scott commented: “It’s great to welcome James to the team and I look forward to seeing how well he does in the Subaru Levorg. He has lots of experience to bring to the BMR team and I believe this is the right time and place for him to showcase his ability.”