Colin Turkington Targets BTCC Title Defence In 2015


As the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship closes its curtains following a hectic Sunday at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, the final word goes to the newly-crowned champion, Colin Turkington, who admits that he is relishing the chance to defend his crown in 2015 after unfinished business four years ago.

The West Surrey Racing driver did exactly what he needed to do in the opening race of the day by trailing the Triple Eight MGs home for third spot, fastest lap good enough to clinch a second BTCC crown for the BMW driver with the same Independent squad.

The achievement he felt had taken some time to sink in, a moment he wishes to savour as long as possible having bettered a further six fellow BTCC champions over the past 10 meetings combined, including nearest rival, Jason Plato.

Asked by The Checkered Flag at the end of the day’s action whether the title win had sunk in yet, new champion Turkington said: “Slowly, slowly!

“It’s slowly starting to sink in but I don’t want to waste the moment away because this is all that you live for.”

“I really felt the relief after race one and it’s slowly starting to sink in but I don’t want to waste the moment away, because this is what you live for.

“We’ve really been on the case all the time, we’ve attacked every free practice, qualifying and race. We’ve found the maximum out of them and realised that in this you cannot afford one single lapse of concentration.

“I’ve always worked hard but I’ve put even more into this”, added Turkington regarding his performances in 2014.

Photo: btcc.net
Photo: btcc.net

“There’s seven champions racing in it this year, so I wanted to go out and be the best of the best – and I managed to do just that.

Turkington was dubbed by WSR team bossDick Bennetts, as the one of the best racers on the grid as well as the cleanest in his eyes, Turkington having found himself involved in several thrilling scraps that shaped the year.

Asked on what races stick out in his season, which included eight wins and 19 podiums, Turkington singled out the visit to Knockhill in Scotland as one of the most distinctive, having recovered from a visit to the gravel trap with a now infamous surge through the pack.

“Probably Knockhill I think was the highlight”, Turkington replied on his favourite drives of the season, where the BMW man put in one of the performances of 2014 as he charged from 27th on the grid to fourth place.

“That was what I like to think was the defining moment of the season. The balance of power could have swung so easily that weekend, but I didn’t let it.

“All the battles have been tough. Looking back to 2009, it was tougher in a way because this year I came here already with a big gap.”

The distinct absence from Turkington’s previous triumph was the opportunity to defend his crown, the Northern Irishman never earning the chance to wear the number one plate in BTCC.

Turkington was, almost sensationally, unable to defend his title on that occasion in 2009 through budget reasoning, but concluded by saying that he intends to return to defend his crown in 2015, saying: “That’s certainly the plan, yes! I want to drive with the number one on the car for the first time that’s for sure.”

Final Championship Standings:

1) Colin Turkington

West Surrey Racing BMW

434pts

2) Jason Plato

Triple Eight MG

399pts

3) Gordon Shedden

Honda Yuasa Racing

349pts

4) Mat Jackson

Motorbase Ford

316pts

5) Andrew Jordan

Pirtek Racing Honda

310pts

6) Rob Collard

West Surrey Racing BMW

277pts

7) Sam Tordoff

Triple EIght MG

255pts

8) Matt Neal

Honda Yuasa Racing

207pts

9) Aron Smith

BMR Racing VW

201pts

10) Adam Morgan

Ciceley Mercedes

185pts

 

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