Colin Turkington was left disappointed to have missed out on another race three victory in the second British Touring Car Championship meeting at Donington, but remained satisfied with another strong points haul.
The Northern Irishman staged a last-lap showdown with Gordon Shedden in the third race at the Leicester circuit having headed the field from the start, the Honda Yuasa Racing man having reeled in his rival over the final four laps.
The pair entered the final lap nose-to-tail, Turkington fended off Shedden’s attacks at McCleans before the pair headed into the final chicane. Both entered the corner not giving an inch, skating through the gravel before Shedden took the flag first, the result still to be debated over the Sunday evening.
“We’ll have to wait to see the footage obviously, but when you’re behind the wheel it’s just over in a flash”, Turkington told The Checkered Flag afterwards.
“You can see that Gordon has passed me through the gravel. Normally you can use all the track, whereas this year you have got to keep all four wheels on the black stuff.”
Turkington added a second pace to results of fifth and sixth in the rain-affected first two races of the day, leaving him fourth in the championship standings and still only three points from the series lead, held by both Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato.
The West Surrey Racing squad saw their three BMW 125i machines again perform strongly throughout the weekend, Turkington delighted to enter Thruxton on 3/4 May having collected another solid points haul.
“Obviously it’s disappointing not to have crossed the line first, but it’s still been a strong weekend and I’ve picked up plenty of points,” he added.
“It’s been a difficult weekend because it hasn’t always been easy in the wet, but it’s nice to finish well in all three races.
“It’s just important to score and minimize the loss to the other fast guys. We’re just chipping away at it and need to work hard to make the car fast, but we are making progress.”