The most successful driver in the history of the World Rally Championship, Sebastien Loeb, will turn his attention to the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2014, but could we see an Ulster driver in the line-up?
Colin Turkington, who returned to the British Touring Car Championship this season with West Surrey Racing, appears to be keeping his options open as the new season draws closer.
On a number of occasions in the past he has proved world class when contesting selected rounds of the global series, and his name would be a very welcome one to the list as the 2014 season looks like being the best ever.
Yvan Muller – an old teammate of Turkington’s – insists that Citroen should not be viewed as the favourites despite having a headstart over their rivals as they have conducted a number of tests with the new car.
Rivals to the French carmaker include Honda, Chevrolet and Lada.
Honda is not expected to test their new car until early 2014 and new cars from Chevrolet and Lada will arrive even later.
However, English-based RML who did run the Chevrolets have a wealth of experience in Touring Cars, and that information will prove invaluable to Chevrolet and for Citroen it is a whole new game.
There will be a number of very competitive private teams in the World Touring Car Championship and there is no doubt that some would like to have Turkington in their driver line-up.
Nonetheless, the Portadown driver does favour the British series, and having tested some of the competition’s cars recently, we may not see him back in the driving seat of a BMW with West Surrey Racing.
One thing that would influence a return to WSR would be the strong relationship that he has with the team boss Dick Bennetts and there is no doubt that the Ulsterman is the one driver Bennetts would want in his line-up for 2014.
Now, it is very much a waiting game for Turkington.