Colin Turkington hailed a historic result for Team BMR in the first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race from Snetterton.
Turkington held onto his pole position when the lights went out thanks to a blistering getaway, heading home team-mates Aron Smith and Jason Plato in the opening race from the 300 circuit.
The result was a historic one for Warren Scott‘s BMR squad, claiming a sweep of the top three spots for the first time in their still young BTCC life.
Speaking to TCF after the race, Turkington commented: “It shows how far the team has come. When you have the right ingredients, you can create a very strong team.
“In hindsight I had great pace. It looked easy but because I was on the soft tyre, there’s always questions about degradation.”
The soaring temperatures in Norfolk made it more difficult for those on the softer tyre compound, although Turkington admitted that BMR entered well prepared for the summer conditions.
“We simulated that here in our July test. Generally when it gets warmer the tyre works better, and it’s always easier when you’re leading the race and can manage things.
“I’m not too concerned”, Turkington added on the question of tyre troubles that could occur. “You’re constantly managing and trying to stay on top of things, so I’m pleased to start the day with a win and to be look so strong.”
On the potential changes ahead of race two, for which Turkington will start from pole position ahead of Sam Tordoff, Turkington said that a different balance would be implemented to his Volkswagen CC.
“We have to change the car a little bit. We had to change it for the soft [tyres] in race one, so now we’ll have to go back again.”