Pole-Sitter Colin Turkington Expecting Hard BMR Team Battle


Snetterton pole-sitter Colin Turkington told TCF that BMR Racing’s drivers will race each other hard in Sunday’s trio of Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races.

The Volkswagen CC squad locked out the top three places on the grid for Sunday’s first race at the Norfolk circuit, the reigning champion grabbing his second pole position of the season.

Turkington’s lap record-breaking effort pipped team-mates Aron Smith and Jason Plato to the top spot, the Northern Irishman confident in the balance of his machine ahead of his efforts to close up from fifth place in the championship.

“We had a really good day yesterday”, Turkington told The Checkered Flag on BMR’s dominance.

“It feels great to get a second pole of the year and the car is definitely progressing.

“It’s been faster all weekend and now I feel really confident. We’ve given ourselves a great chance.”

While admitting personal confidence in the Volkswagen’s capability around Snetterton, Turkington set himself a visit to the top step and a solid haul of points as his target on Sunday.

He added: “It’s perfect for scoring a good haul of points and getting on the top step; when the car is strong you have to maximise it, and with the balance I’ve got I want three strong finishes.

“You have to work on the car hard round here. It’s nice to see that we’re moving in the right direction and it’s getting easier to drive.”

On the question of potential team orders, Turkington dismissed such a tactic, adding: “I would think [we’ll race each other]. We all want to do our best, so we’ll all be pushing hard for the win.”

Team boss Warren Scott echoed that statement, telling TCF that team orders are not an option.

“We’ll always race each other – that’s what we come here to do! Yesterday was a really good day and I hope we can prove it again today.”