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A RETURN TO THRUXTON KICKS OFF THE SECOND HALF OF THE 2021 BTCC SEASON
- Colin Turkington aims to turn up the heat this Sunday as the BTCC returns to Thruxton, this time with fans!
- Kicking off the second half of the season, rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the 30 round championship take place at the fastest circuit on the calendar.
- Fresh from his victory at Knockhill less than two weeks ago, Turkington now sits third in the standings.
- As before, only the hard compound tyre will be used at the Hampshire circuit without any tyre strategies in play.
- Catch all the race day action LIVE on ITV4 from 11:10am.
- In the latest health installment, Colin exposes his secrets for keeping a healthy immune system.
Q&A WITH COLIN TURKINGTON
THE SECOND VISIT TO THRUXTON THIS YEAR FOR YOU COLIN. WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING THIS TIME ROUND?
I’m expecting it to be slightly more mixed up than our first visit. When we came here to launch the season in May, we were all without success ballast. This time I’ll have 57kgs and the other contenders will also be ballast laden. I managed P3 in qualifying then, but that was in mixed conditions on a drying circuit, so it might be a steep ask to repeat that with the weight.
Nevertheless, I’m hoping the wind will be in our sails and it’s maximum attack on all fronts.
YOU’RE SURE TO FEEL BUOYED BY YOUR RECENT RESULTS AT KNOCKHILL?
I feel like our confidence is back, and although such an everyday day word, it really is the key to success. From this point, we’re in better shape to push our title assault forwards. My position in the championship gifted me an opportunity at Knockhill that I needed to convert. I did, and from that perspective it was very rewarding. It won’t be smooth sailing from here on in, but the best is still to come from us.
YOU ARE THE CHASER NOT THE CHASED THIS SEASON. DOES THIS ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVE AND SUBSEQUENT STRATEGY PROVIDE AN ALMOST REFRESHING CHANGE FOR YOU?
When you are the one that everyone is chasing, the one that everyone is desperate to beat, it can wear you down. I’ve found in the past it can sometimes be a false sense of security and the more challenging days where things go against you await nearer the end. That narrative had become familiar to me of course, so this season I’ve had to adjust my thinking. I’m enjoying this shift and finding new areas to work on. From that side of things it’s a real positive change.
I’ve always found security in having the points in the bag, but this time around I’m learning to be comfortable without the points but with the opportunity to score them. As long as I arrive at the Finale with a realistic chance of winning – then the gloves come off and it’s game on! I’m excited about what the next 15 races have in store!
SATURDAY 28th AUGUST
9:30am – Practice
12:05pm – Practice
2:45pm – Qualifying
SUNDAY 29th AUGUST
11;40am – Race 1
2:15pm – Race 2
5:35pm – Race 3
Watch LIVE on ITV4 from 11:10am
GOODYEAR HARD TYRE
Only the hard compound tyre will be used at Thruxton. Drivers and teams will not have a tyre strategy to plan.
STAY UP TO DATE LIVE FROM THE PADDOCK
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COAT OF ARMOUR
In the latest installment of his 2021 health series, Colin explains how he keeps a healthy immune system to off-set factors that suppress it throughout the season.Back to news