Colin Turkington fired himself right back into the the title fight with just three meetings remaining after two victories in the seventh round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill.
The 2009 BTCC champion continued to have a stellar comeback campaign as he claimed his fourth and fifth wins of the year at the Fife venue, both in dominant fashion before rounding out the weekend with a fourth place in race three.
Turkington had passed Rob Austin for the race one lead on lap four at the hairpin on his way to round 19 spoils before leading lights-to-flag in race two. Fighting to fourth in race three, he lay just 17 points from the championship lead, but was later stripped of his third race result and the 13 points that came with it following a post-race technical check that discovered his eBay Motors BMW 125i to have been overboosting.
Despite the late setback, Turkington was left very upbeat with his succesful weekend at the Scottish circuit, and says his and the car’s current performances set him in a good position heading into the final three meetings of the season.
“It’s been a really strong weekend”, the Irishman told thecheckeredflag.co.uk after his efforts at Knockhill.
“The car has been fantastic to drive all weekend. We’ve picked up a lot of points from the day.
“It’s important to capitalise when you have a good car and it’s important to bag the results, so I’m really pleased and it gives us a good feeling for the rest of the season.”
Both the returning Turkington and his eBay Motors squad entered the season with caution as they attacked 2013 with an all-new NGTC BMW for the season, but now with five wins to their name, Turkington has not ruled himself out of the running for a second crown.
“I’m slowly working my way back into contention now, but there’s still a long way to go”, he added, prior to the race three exclusion that he later described as ‘a bummer’ to his championship.
“We’ll just keep working hard and see what we can do. It’s a big ask, but we’ll just take it one race at a time and that’s all I can do.”
Turkington’s two wins see him now close the points gap to 30 behind Matt Neal, where he heads to Rockingham on September 14/15 lying fourth in the standings.