Colin Turkington described his pole position lap as one of the best laps he has driven in the 2014 British Touring Car Championship season, after grabbing the top spot in the closing minutes of qualifying at Oulton Park.
The eBay Motors driver left it late to put in a two-lap burst in the final minutes of qualifying at the Cheshire circuit, a 1m42.310s effort enough to snatch a first pole position for the Northern Irishman in a straight fight with MG’s Jason Plato.
Turkington told The Checkered Flag afterwards that he risked it all for pole position, saying: “I was hammering on. They were probably two of the best laps I’ve done this season.
“It wasn’t easy to produce those laps because there was more little spots appearing on the windscreen, so it was hard to judge whether or not I was doing the right thing.
“I think I was only third at that stage so I thought it was worth a chance not backing off. With the high ambient temperature there was a lot of grip available.”
A four-time winner at Oulton Park, Turkington topped the day’s opening practice session in what proved to be a strong day for the West Surrey Racing BMW team. With Andrew Jordan qualifying down in 12th place, the BMW driver hopes to convert his opportunity to close the gap to the points leader on Sunday.
He added: “Rear-wheel drive cars always seem to go well at Oulton, so it makes us look pretty good. The car has been fast wet and dry.
“We’ve made a god step forward with the car from Thruxton although we haven’t been testing, and the car has just been strong out of the blocks.
“There’s still a long way to go. I qualified where [Jordan] did at Thruxton, so the races are a different thing altogether from qualifying. I’ll be focused on my race, and hopefully try to convert it.”
Turkington became the first BTCC driver to claim pole around the full international layout of Oulton Park since Frank Biela in 1996, and said that he thoroughly enjoys the added challenge of the extra section.
“I really enjoy it actually. It feels like, although most of the lap is the same, that you’re racing on a different track. It’s a very technical second sector so I think we’re all still learning about it. I always enjoy racing here.”