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Colin Turkington: “We’ll Never Give Up On BTCC Title Chase”

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Colin Turkington admits that Subaru and himself are not out of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title hunt just yet, after claiming his second win of the season at Croft.

The double champion lead the race from lights-to-flag, surviving contact with fellow front row starter Daniel Lloyd at turn one and a trio of safety car interruptions to claim a 12th career win at Croft.

Turkington added to his Oulton Park win in doing so, followed home by Silverline Subaru BMR Racing team-mate Jason Plato who clinched a fourth visit to the podium in succession.

Speaking to The Checkered Flag afterwards, Turkington said: “We’re really strong at the moment.

“It was great to kick-start our championship at Oulton Park. We knew Croft is similar tyre of circuit and I do tend to go well around here. We thought this was somewhere where we could capitalise but you never take wins for granted.

“It wasn’t handed to me on a plate. Three safety car periods made the job tougher. Each time I pulled a little gap and you work hard to get that gap only to see it erode. I was conscious to manage as best I could and get a good jump.”

Turkington’s second win of 2016 moves him towards the fringes of the top 10 in the standings with 81 points to his name – now 61 adrift of the top spot in 12th overall.

Despite the deficit to both Matt Neal and Sam Tordoff, the Northern Irishman feels that he is not yet out of the championship hunt.

“We’ll never give up but we’re obviously coming from a long way back”, Turkington continued. “Missing Thruxton is a big dent in our chances but you just have to build the points and keep the consistency. The way this championship is set up, we’re not carrying success ballast so we can come and get poles and wins.

“We’re racking up the points but the guys at the top of the table are a long way ahead.”

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