Colin Turkington says that he will fight until the bitter end to defend his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship crown, remaining in title contention after a fine race three win most recently at Silverstone.
The reigning champion enjoyed a solid scoring weekend at the home of British motorsport, netting results of fifth and eighth place before making a decisive move for the lead early in race three of the day on his way to a fourth win of the season with new squad, Team BMR.
“There’s no easy wins in this series!” Turkington quipped when speaking to TCF afterwards. “I’m delighted to take the win which was pretty vital to keep me involved and in the hunt.
“The car was really good in that third race. We’ve struggled for balance and speed all weekend, but we turned a corner and I’m pleased to live with that level of performance. We made a decent change to the car and I guess after we were struggling here a bit, we were bold – at times you have to take that risk.”
The race ultimately hinged on a brave early move in the race from the Northern Irishman, who moved up from third on the grid to the lead with a successful dive inside former team-mate Rob Collard‘s BMW at Brooklands corner.
Turkington commented on the move: “I knew I had to strike at him early doors; I’ve understeered into Brooklands for many years in the opening laps in the BMWs! So I knew where I was stronger and it was the key moment of the race.
“I got my head down and I could see that [WSR] were scrapping away so, although you can never be too confident, I was just trying to manage things.”
The result keeps Turkington well in the championship hunt as he bids to defend his BTCC crown at Brands Hatch GP circuit on 11 October, although he lies 32 points adrift of Honda’s Gordon Shedden with just three races remaining.
“I’m in the mix”, a fighting Turkington enthused. “There’s still a lot of points up for grabs and obviously 32 points is a lot to recover in one weekend, but we can keep trying.
“I’m not ready to give up just yet! We’ll keep grafting away and see what’s possible.”