Colin Turkington does not expect to be 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship champion tomorrow evening, and aims to stay as close to main title rival Jason Plato as possible.
The West Surrey Racing BMW driver split the works Triple Eight MGs by qualifying second on the grid in qualifying for the penultimate event of the season at Silverstone, a result he did not expect to accomplish.
“I didn’t think that I’d be that close to Jason in the end”, Turkington told TCF afterwards. “We were fourth here last year so I was hoping for something similar. P2 gives me the chance to control my race tomorrow.”
Plato claimed his third pole position of the season in the 30-minute session by just 0.064s, the MG driver lying 55 points behind Turkington with 67 available this weekend.
Turkington feels that, although MG appeared to have the upper hand on Saturday, he can take the fight to both Plato and third-placed Sam Tordoff, although the Northern Irishman still feels he will struggle beat the Triple Eight duo in tomorrow’s opening race.
“I don’t expect to be able to pull away or win a race tomorrow, but at least I know that I can race with the car and take it to the MGs. I’m strong enough to be up there.
“It’s just about getting the car over the line as close to Plato as possible”, he added, saying that consistency is the most important factor of his weekend, where a points lead of 68 or more would see Turkington provisionally crowned champion.
“I’m not in a position where I need to take any risks”, added the championship leader. “It’s more about getting the car over the line. We’ll try and find a little bit more speed tonight hopefully.
“It’s been the same for the last three meetings really; it’s not about winning all the time, it’s about getting over the line.
“I don’t expect to be champion tomorrow night, I just need to keep the points ticking over. Every weekend this season we’ve made a step forward from last year, we’ve worked hard to get the top spot on our own merit.”