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Turkington set to launch BTCC title assault at Snetterton

Tuesday, July 26 2016

Double Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington can't wait to get the second half of the season underway at Snetterton this weekend (30/31 July), now that his works Subaru is a proven winner.

With two wins in the last two events at Oulton Park and Croft, and a two-day test at the Norfolk circuit last month, Colin is set for a late assault on the title. The Northern Irishman is just 62 points away from the championship lead, with 67 on offer this weekend alone.

A breathless opening half of the season began when Colin's Subaru Levorg was finished less than 24 hours before first practice at Brands Hatch. Despite this, he managed to qualify just outside the top ten but only scored minor points in the races and similar was to follow at Donington before the cars were withdrawn at Thruxton for safety reasons. After a test at Pembrey, the cars were on the pace at Oulton, where pole position was followed by a win.

"We've made rapid progress from Thruxton," Colin reflected. "That was our most difficult point of the season, but we thought by the time we got to Croft we'd have picked up the pace. That said we were surprised to be on pole, it was incredibly close, the top six cars were all within one tenth, so it was fantastic to get that win and back it up with Croft."

Subaru could have taken a win in race two at Croft, but for a collision with team-mate Jason Plato when fighting for the lead, which handed victory to WSR's Rob Collard. Colin insists that there was no ill-feeling in the team debrief:  "It was fine," he laughed. "Obviously that wasn't the plan; we were running 1-2 and we gave the win to somebody else, but it's water under the bridge now. As racing drivers we both want to win; nobody wanted to give in, but we're moving on. "

So far the intra-team rivalry has worked in Colin's favour, with two wins to Plato's none and a higher position in the rankings. It's another turnaround for Colin, who wasn't as competitive in the front-wheel-drive VW CC last year.

"I enjoy the rear-wheel-drive cars," he said. "The car we had last year was fully developed, so you turned up at every track and the balance was strong and you were competitive, when you're developing a new car some weekends you'll be strong, others are more difficult. Completely different to last year, but by the end of the season this package ultimately will be stronger."

Colin outclassed everyone in the VW last year, however, with two dominant wins and a strong finish in the finale. Whilst he's not convinced that Snetterton's long straights will suit the Levorg: "Even at Oulton and Croft we were suffering in a straight line," he is looking forward to this weekend.

"It is a venue that I really enjoy," Colin said of Snetterton. "It's a challenging track and you've just got to hook the three sectors up. I have experience to draw on from the BMW and in the CC last year and we were competitive both years. All you can do is give your best performance with what you've got and keep trying to pick up points."

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