Turkington Says Race One Error “May Have Helped” BTCC Points Haul

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Despite a rare spin from the lead at Snetterton, Colin Turkington said that his race one error could have aided his overall Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title push.

The West Surrey Racing driver grabbed the race one lead at the Norfolk circuit with a traditionally rapid start in the RWD BMW 125i, but threw away a comfortable advantage with a spin heading through the penultimate corner on lap five.

Turkington commented that slippery surface warnings heading through the Bombhole a corner earlier caused a lapse in concentration, but results of second and third followed to keep the Northern Irishman just two points away from the championship lead.

“I was pretty frustrated to lose the win in race one because I was just controlling things at the front”, said Turkington, who was first to see the slippery surface flags heading through Coram bend.

“But, you never know; I may not have had this big an overall score if I’d won that one, so I’m taking this whole weekend as a major positive.”

Turkington spent much of the remainder of the afternoon dicing with WSR team-mates Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan.

The double champion battled to second place in race two after a tight battle with Collard, before both Bavarian machines continued their squabble in race three, with the results reversed to conclude a weekend which Turkington left in good spirits.

“It’s always a lot more difficult trying to pass your team-mate! Side-by-side through the Esses is probably not advised but as a driver you’re just hungry to get as high up as you can”, concluded Turkington. “I didn’t quite have the pace in the car in the final race that I had in the second race but regardless, it was enough to hold station and pick up the pieces from what was happening up front.

“It’s been a good haul of points and podiums for BMW and it’s been a great weekend for us.”

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