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Stephen Jelley back in a BTCC BMW with Team Parker

Monday, February 19 2018

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race winner Stephen Jelley will get back behind the wheel of a BMW, with Team Parker Racing having acquired a 125i M Sport for the 2018 season, which gets underway at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

Jelley won two races at Rockingham in 2009 on board a WSR BMW 3 Series during his original stint in the BTCC. After a seven-year hiatus, he returned to the championship last season with Team Parker, but scored only two points finishes in the squad's Ford Focus. The switch to a WSR-built 1 Series and rear-wheel-drive has filled the 35-year-old with enthusiasm, however.

"I really get the feeling that anything is possible this year," said Jelley. "I still have strong links with WSR and we started talking to them at the end of last season about a BMW. It was the only way I wanted to go. I already feel at home with the car - everything's where you'd expect it to be.

"In my opinion the BMW is better suited to a number of different driving styles - it's a more rounded platform and it's a marked difference. We're looking to be more consistently in the points and make that push towards the podium spots if possible. I just want to get back to the sharp end.

"This change gives us a chance to be competitive and to battle where we should be battling. I can't wait to get out there!"

Team Parker Racing Team Principal, Stuart Parker added; "We're thrilled to unveil the 1 Series. It's a car that is right among the most successful in terms of both race wins and championship trophies and it's certainly a great chassis to base things on to move us up the field in 2018. We've been working hard over the course of the winter to get everything in place and it'll be great to see it all come together when get out on track for shakedown.

"As a stable, we've a proud history in competing at the very top - counting titles to our name in GT racing and running premier teams in some of the very best championships. We're hopeful that in moving from the Ford Focus to the BMW for 2018 we can make a real step forward in what is one of the most competitive series around."

Tickets for all MSV BTCC rounds in 2018 are on sale now, with free admission for under-13s. For a list of all events, click here.