Turkington homing in
Colin Turkington thrust his name squarely into the championship reckoning, becoming the first driver in 2016 to score three wins as he stormed to another Subaru victory – this time in Round 16 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton.
The post-Thruxton resurgence of the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing outfit has been encapsulated by Turkington’s recent form. The Irishman took race one at each of Oulton Park, Croft and last time out in Norfolk, adding three podiums in the second encounter at each.
His championship standing had meant that he headed into those events lacking ballast, though the car’s undoubted capabilities – given the work BMR has invested over the course of the Levorg’s maiden campaign – have shone through with weight on board in the second bout of recent weekends.
On top of that, it was something of a BTCC first as the outfit notched a quadruple top-ten in Snetterton’s opener. First was Turkington, with Jason Plato in fifth and Warren Scott equalled his best-ever result to place ninth while James Cole followed in 10th.
All of this leaves Turkington top of the Subaru tree and now fifth in the overall Drivers’ standings, with the aim of further closing the 34-point gap to the summit, now occupied by Rob Collard.
The double champion spoke to BTCC.net following that stunning race one performance last weekend, with a title tilt firmly on the agenda – continuing at Knockhill in little over a week’s time.
“That was one of my most memorable races,” said Turkington. “I’ve never won around here in a rear-wheel drive car so it’s great.
“My pace was much better than I expected, I just tried to be patient and I made the move when the opportunity came up.
“I was in two minds; do I let him go on up the road a bit and take the pressure off myself from the Ford behind? Then, I thought no… I’ll hammer Gordon (Shedden) while I can.
“I’ve been looking forward to Knockhill for some time and my aim is to build on this momentum and see how far up the leader board we can climb.
“I won’t give up on the championship until it’s mathematically impossible. If we can keep the momentum going then there’s every chance.”
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