Tough time for Turkington at Knockhill
Team BMR RCIB Insurance’s Colin Turkington’s weekend at Knockhill was the perfect illustration of how quickly fortunes can change in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Off the back of a sensational last event at Snetterton that saw him score double victory just two weeks ago, the reigning champion was second in the standings just behind VW stablemate Jason Plato. Knockhill was, however, always more likely to be a challenge for the longer wheel-base cars, and so it proved to be with all four CCs chasing the ultimate pace over the weekend.
Turkington put together an impressive lap in qualifying to haul his ballast-laden machine into ninth, but race day on Sunday was to be a more difficult time for the #1 car. “We did a good job to get inside the top ten but I’ve been clinging on ever since!” he said.
Losing out a position in race one to finish tenth, Colin then suffered his first DNF of 2015 following contact with Andy Priaulx in the second encounter. With the Team IHG Rewards Club car attempting a move around the outside, Turkington tried to hold the inside line but the pair made contact on exit breaking the rear suspension on the VW.
“I’ve had better weekends, but this is how it goes,” continued Turkington. “It’s never smooth sailing but it would have been nice to build on the strong result at Snetterton, but we’ve been slightly outside the window of performance all weekend.
“We’ve not scored too many points, but at least I’ve lost a bit of ballast for the next one! The incident in race two compromises two races and I hate the feeling of sacrificing a good finish, but that’s motor sport, you’ve got to put it behind you and look to the next one.”
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