TURKINGTON DRAWS ‘FANTASTIC YEAR OF RACING’ TO A CLOSE WITH FOURTH
Colin Turkington signed off his 2022 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship campaign with fourth place at Brands Hatch little over a fortnight ago during a spectacular season finale at the Kent venue.
The Team BMW driver headed into the tenth event of the year holding fourth in the title fight and, despite a strong performance including a podium in the second contest, Turkington was unable to challenge for the top spot after a tough time out at Silverstone put him on the back foot.
Check out what the Northern Irishman had to say about Rounds 28, 29 and 30 below!
“Firstly, I would like to congratulate Tom Ingram on clinching his first British Touring Car Championship. This is the hardest series in the world to win, I know just what it takes to get it over the line and Tom is a worthy champion.
“In parc ferme, after the second race, I knew exactly how [Tom] was feeling, and seeing someone take that pressure and deliver – I was really pleased for him.
“After our frustrating qualifying session, I had no idea what to expect from the races, but I really enjoyed them and could race well. That’s a positive way to end.
“Race day proved to be a good day in what’s been quite a difficult run towards the end of the season for me. Silverstone did the damage, and it took too long to iron out the hybrid issues for me to have a realistic chance [at Brands Hatch]. The BMW was strong and in race two; that was the best car I’ve had all year.
“Race three was a difficult one, having been through so much heartache myself in season finales, I never wanted to play a role in how the title would be decided. Being out of contention, I just needed to stay out of the title fight. Ash [Sutton] was ahead of me, and both Jake [Hill] and Tom went by – I felt the right thing to do was to let them race it out.
“Overall, I feel we took a step forward with the BMW from what we learned over the weekend and it was great to get a final podium of the year.
“The competition has been tough, but overall, I think it’s been a fantastic year of racing with a clear shift towards racing with respect. The final races proved you don’t have to crash people off the track to be in contention for a title.
“I’m still proud of where we finished, as I know, together with WSR, we never let ourselves down and pushed hard to the end. Team BMW was once again, a force to be reckoned with, and clinching a seventh consecutive Manufacturers’ title is a truly impressive achievement.”