TRIO OF TOP TENS IN TOWCESTER FOR TURKINGTON
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington secured three top ten finishes at Silverstone last weekend (25/26 September) as the battle for the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship crown continues.
The four-time champion headed into the event with high hopes for what he refers to as his ‘home Grand Prix’, scoring valuable points and a seventh podium finish of the campaign during Rounds 22, 23 and 24.
Check out what the Northern Irishman had to say about the weekend in his Q&A below…
YOU TOOK YOUR SEVENTH PODIUM OF THE SEASON AT SILVERSTONE, TALK US THROUGH YOUR WEEKEND…
I was involved in some intense battles on track, and when you get to this stage of the season, it feels like the finale every time out. Race two was a superb result for us, despite being the meat in a sandwich for much of the race. We improved the BMW every time we went out and the overall package is feeling good. A battle-ready mentality is what we need to bring to Donington and our confidence is high.
HOW ARE YOU FINDING THE TITLE BATTLE THIS YEAR?
I’ve had my fair share of bad luck this season and the rest of the grid have such fast cars these days, it’s harder to make progress now than in recent years. I’ve been digging deep every weekend to keep the fight going and honing in on every little detail to improve. I may be 40 points off the top but we can do this!
I’ve dedicated my life to being successful in this series and I know what it takes. The prospect of not winning is a huge motivating factor and it gives me that added push. I’ll do whatever it takes to get to the finale with a chance of winning.
HEADING TO DONINGTON PARK, YOU’LL BE CARRYING LESS SUCCCESS BALLAST THAN YOU DID GOING INTO SILVERSTONE’S WEEKEND, IS THAT A BLESSING IN DISGUISE?
Absolutely, the lighter car will give us an opportunity to qualify well and get a good track position for the first two races. We’ve been nudging the BMW in the right direction the past few rounds and I have confidence we’ll be where we need to be. The qualifying shoot out will be in play again and this could throw a few curveballs into the mix. The penultimate event carries just as much anticipation as the finale and the extra layer of excitement and expectation usually brings out the best in me.
WHAT WAS YOUR SILVERSTONE HIGHLIGHT?
It felt like the good old days again! The volume of people in the paddock and on the grid was fantastic and the buzz about the place was something else. We’re starting to see ITV move around more and more and the championship is feeling like it used to. I had a large number of guests there and the feedback is extra special. It’s really nice to know that after the terrible year a lot of people have had, we can give them a magical day to remember.
Colin and the team head to Donington Park next (9/10 October), where the penultimate event is expected to provide pivotal results in the fight for Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship glory.