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TURKINGTON: “I’M READY TO FIGHT!”

With just ten days left until the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship roars into action at Thruxton (8/9 May), find out how four-time champion Colin Turkington found the official pre-season test at Silverstone last week and his feelings ahead of the 2021 campaign in the Q&A below…

HOW DID SEASON LAUNCH GO FOR YOU?

Season Launch is the first group test of the year, and it was great to get the whole pack back together again.

The test was really productive for me – I put in a fair few laps, and feel like we’re constantly making steps forward.

Pre-season testing has allowed us to try out lots of different things, which is something we’d be too apprehensive to do over the course of a race weekend. There were some good, and some we’ll leave for later in the season, but my confidence is definitely up!

ARE YOU FEELING WELL-PREPARED, BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY, FOR THE BATTLE AHEAD?

There’s a short window to rebuild yourself and get ready to fight again in the BTCC, but I really tried to look after myself during this off-season.

It’s always a tough, intense season, and for sure, it can break you towards the end, so I know how important it is to look after myself – especially as I’m approaching my 40th birthday!!

I’m energised, I’m hungry and ready to fight for wins!

DO YOU FEEL CONFIDENT FOR ANOTHER CRACK AT THE CROWN?

I’m buzzing for the season, and so excited to get going again. We had a great 2020, and I’m just so happy to be back in the BTCC with Team BMW.

I have got a great chance again this year – I’ve got myself in a top car with a top team, and that means I’m in the best position I possibly can be. 

One thing to remember though, this series is the toughest in the world to win! 

I’m prepared for a fierce season, some thriller races, and will take it one step at a time.

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