Turkington, Howard Get Grid Penalties For Silverstone BTCC Visit

by Dan Mason

Colin Turkington will start from the back of the grid in the first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone on 17/18 September, his second and third strikes among a raft of penalties dished out at Rockingham.

Race stewards punished the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing on a brace of occasions in Corby last weekend, Turkington first given a six-second penalty in race one for overtaking Josh Cook with all four wheels over the white line at the edge of turn one.

A third infringement of the season came when Turkington was adjudged to have passed Jake Hill‘s Toyota Avensis under yellow flag conditions in race three, triggering a grid penalty for Silverstone as both followed a penalty for an incident with Rob Collard at Knockhill.

Turkington will be joined at the back of the grid by Mark Howard in the Silverstone opener, the Team BKR driver picking up a third reprimand, plus a suspended one race ban and two penalty points for an incident which put out Jack Goff in race three.

Matt Simpson picked up a verbal warning for a clash with James Cole in race one, Dave Newsham taking an official reprimand and two penalty points for an incident with Aiden Moffat. Race three winner Aron Smith took a verbal warning for an unfair advantage on the opening lap, whilst Ashley Sutton and Hunter Abbott both picked up official reprimands and two penalty points for incidents with Newsham and Cook respectively.

With 135 points still on the table in the final six races of the season, Turkington sits 48 points shy of the championship lead with visits to Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP remaining.

The Northern Irishman admits that the title fight is not over yet however, telling The Checkered Flag: “We’re still very much on the outside at the moment. I’m 48 points behind, but we’re still in the mix.

“I remember at Brands Hatch a couple of years ago leading by 49 points, but I still wasn’t sleeping that well so it’s not over.”

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