Dunlop #ForeverForward: Turkington on top at Silverstone
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing’s double champion Colin Turkington took the latest Dunlop #ForeverForward honours with 26 points gained over the Silverstone weekend – the penultimate event on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship calendar.
Team JCT600 with GardX’s Rob Collard retains the overall lead – some 30 points clear of nearest rival Handy Motorsport man Rob Austin. With Collard’s Saturday form not his strongest suit – by his own admission – and his eye for a pass come Sunday’s races, he’ll be difficult to surpass as the competition draws towards its conclusion.
Top of the Independents’ tally was Team BKR’s Mark Howard, who enjoyed what was undoubtedly the best race weekend to date of his maiden BTCC campaign.
The Leicestershire racer scythed through the field in race one from 30th on the grid to finish 16th, only missing out on a first haul of points by one spot. Gaining 14 places in a single round is no mean feat given the spread of the top 22 drivers on the grid was just one second over a single lap of the Silverstone National circuit, as evidenced by Saturday’s close-run qualifying session.
Race two would prove the only cloud to a day of silver linings for the ‘Silver Fox Racing’ man. He once again produced a spirited drive in steering his BKR VW CC through the pack in race three, eventually climbing from 28th to an encouraging 19th position.
Turkington’s round-topping performance largely came down to the pre-race one third strike penalty that saw him demoted to P29 on the grid. He wasted no time in tearing through the field in the Team BMR-backed Subaru Levorg, amassing a stunning total of 21 positions gained.
With only the Brands Hatch finale remaining, the results and standings are as follows – Rob Collard holds a commanding lead at the top of the overall standings:
Dunlop #ForeverForward drivers of the weekend
1 Colin Turkington 26
2 Josh Cook 24
3 Mark Howard 23
Dunlop #ForeverForward overall standings
1 Rob Collard 147
2 Rob Austin 117
3 Martin Depper 114