Turkington Keeping It Safe After Double

by Dan Mason

Colin Turkington was a happy man after two dominant wins in the opening two races at Croft, and intends to keep it steady in race three to extend his points lead in the British Touring Car Championship.

The Northern Irishman dominated both races on Sunday from pole position, beating Gordon Shedden‘s Honda Civic Tourer by over six seconds in each to continue to extend his series lead.

“Great day so far”, Turkington said to The Checkered Flag afterwards. “The car is working really well around Croft and we’re still working hard to manage the balance to combat the degradation.

“I was able to get two good starts and then open up a gap and go from there. 

Turkington was almost hampered by a clutch overheating issue at the start of race one which was initially aborted, but he added: “We’ve had to make a few amendments. It got very hot in race one, so we it’s something we just have to keep an eye on.”

“It’s extra hard at Croft as well because there’s a lot of grip offline on the tarmac which puts quite a bit of stress through the rear wheels.

On degradation and the thought of a hat-trick, he continued: “There’s a reasonable drop-off, but I think that the rear-wheel drive makes it a lot better for us. But even in my car, you’re working really hard in the closing stages just trying to keep it consistent and on the track.”

“It would be a great result. But now we go onto the soft tyres for the third race so it’ll just be steady away and take my time.”

Jack Goff starts from pole in the final race after Matt Neal was excluded from third for failing the ride height check.

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