Colin Turkington was happy to pick up more solid points in the fifth Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting of the season at Croft, telling TCF he felt Team BMR were “best of the rest”.
The reigning BTCC champion took to the North Yorkshire circuit in front-wheel drive machinery for the first time since 2006, enjoying results of seventh, third and fourth place.
The consistent weekend for the Northern Irishman puts him now 34 points behind championship leader Gordon Shedden, fifth overall in the standings.
“I’m pleased with the weekend”, Turkington told The Checkered Flag. “I think that we were definitely the best of the rest behind the BMWs.
“We’re making progress with the car; that’s the most encouraging thing is that I felt up for a race today and the car was working well.
“Oulton was a struggle, but this weekend the car was working so it made all the difference. Hopefully that gives us good direction.”
Turkington’s points-scoring motive remains key to his title challenge, insisting that the Volkswagen CC squad must be consistent on their tougher weekends. “The game plan is going well at the moment”, he said.
“It’s so important to keep scoring points all the time. Whenever we’re strong we need to hammer it home.”
Having been left with the prospect of not being able to defend his title during the winter period, Turkington ended the first half of his maiden campaign with Team BMR in a highly positive mood heading into the lengthy summer break.
He said: “It’s been a big challenge. I need to continue working hard, but I’m really enjoying the new environment. We’re going in the right direction with everything.”