A stellar weekend for Colin Turkington duly put him at the top of the British Touring Car Championship standings last weekend after a brace of wins at Oulton Park.
The weekend in Cheshire was a memorable one for the 2009 champion, who snatched a late pole position in mixed conditions on Saturday afternoon before claiming his third and fourth wins of the 2014 season the following day during a strong weekend for his West Surrey Racing squad.
Leading a one-two for the BMW team in race one with team-mate Rob Collard, the Northern Irishman doubled his win tally of the day in race two to now hold the most wins of the season with four. A third place in the damp conditions of race three ended a superb weekend for Turkington, who now leads the championship by nine points from Honda’s Gordon Shedden.
Turkington told The Checkered Flag afterwards: “It’s a very strong weekend for us as a team and for me personally. The hard work was done on Saturday in qualifying, as we got the car tuned in and did a really good lap that set me up for a good day.
“The pace of the car has been good in all conditions. Winning a race in the BTCC is never easy, so by winning two you know you have had a good weekend.
“What’s most pleasing is that the pace of the car is getting better. We know the car goes well at Oulton, but the feeling I have is that it’s a better package so hopefully that continues.”
Turkington flirted with the possibility of claiming only the third hat-trick of wins over a single BTCC weekend since the three-race format began in 2004, but had to settle for third in the damp conditions of the final race of the day.
“There was a brief opportunity when I was slightly quicker than Gordon, but then as it dried I dropped back again a bit. I was doing as much as I could!”
Turkington crossed the line fourth, but was nudged wide at the Shell Oils Hairpin by Triple Eight‘s Jason Plato in the closing stages. The results were later swapped after a ruling, Turkington giving his view afterwards: “I was lucky to get the car stopped at Shell as I was going straight on.
“I thought there was a gentleman’s agreement that if you pass somebody unfairly you give the place back and go again, and that obviously didn’t happen.”
Turkington now heads the field to Croft on 28/29 June, a track he also claimed two victories at last season.
He added: “Croft could be another good track for us. There is so little between all the cars so you can’t expect to be fast. We’ve got to keep grafting hard to make sure that is the case.
“Obviously it’s nice to be leading, but it doesn’t mean a lot at this stage. Having points in the bag is the important thing.”
Championship standings after round 4/10:
1) Colin Turkington – 183 pts
2) Gordon Shedden – 174 pts
3) Andrew Jordan – 156 pts
4) Jason Plato – 147 pts
5) Rob Collard – 125 pts
6) Matt Neal – 117 pts
7) Mat Jackson – 105 pts
8) Sam Tordoff – 102 pts
9) Árón Smith – 76 pts
10) Rob Austin – 60 pts