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TURKINGTON LEAVES HAMPSHIRE ON A HIGH

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington punctuated a points-scoring weekend at Thruxton with a podium finish during the latest rounds of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship last month.

Check out what the four-time champion had to say about the weekend in the Q&A below…

SCORING ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH MUST HAVE BEEN A GREAT WAY TO END THE RACE DAY?

It was a super way to end the day, and we almost did the weekend in reverse to how we like it. Race one was most difficult with the weight, but in races two and three the car came alive. Thruxton is always more challenging for our cars. It takes longer to get the hard tyre working, so to score over 30 points, after arriving with 57kgs of success ballast, was a great result.

WITHIN THE DRIVERS’ STANDINGS, YOU’VE DROPPED TO FIFTH PLACE, BUT ARE ONLY 11 POINTS FROM P2. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THIS?

I’m so much happier going to Croft with only 33kgs! I’m only a handful of points from the guys ahead, but being 20 or 30 kilos lighter than them will make a big difference in our potential and expectations for qualifying. It’s another important opportunity for me to capitalise on, and I’m super keen to crack on and begin to pull in the top spot.

IT WAS ANOTHER EVENTFUL RACE DAY AT THRUXTON, WERE YOU HOPEFUL OF THE WIN IN THE THIRD RACE?

The final race was a great chance to get a win, yes, but with the various disruptions from safety cars and one thing or another, it just didn’t happen. I was pressuring Adam (Morgan) to force an error, which happened, but unfortunately I didn’t progress because of it. These things swing around, so I’m sure that the luck will come back my way in the future. P2 was still a top result after how difficult the first race had been.

HOW ARE YOU FINDING RACING WITH FANS BACK IN ATTENDANCE?

The crowd for the drivers’ parade was definitely the best yet, and it’s a really cool way to start the day. We don’t often take a moment to stop and appreciate the vibes on a race day but this time on our Sunday mornings has been a welcomed addition.

We also hosted a Q&A in our team hospitality unit for the first time since 2019, and again this was pretty special. The good results and the podiums with supporters and fans trackside are so much better and I hope we have many more special moments still to come between now and the end of the season.

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