30.05.22

TOP-NOTCH TURKINGTON

COLIN SHOWS HIS CLASS WITH A TERRIFIC THRUXTON

  • Colin Turkington claimed his 165th BTCC career podium yesterday securing 2nd place in the final race of the day at Thruxton.
  • The Team BMW driver backed this up with a pair of 4th place finishes, recording a fantastic 43 championship points in total.
  • Thruxton has historically been a tricky event for the rear-wheel-drive cars, but Turkington’s terrific results have thrust him up to third in the overall standings.
  • After initially struggling with the balance of his 330e on Saturday, the four-time champion produced a one lap wonder in qualifying to secure a second row start, a lap he feels was key to his Sunday success.
  • “This was an excellent result for us at Thruxton and a really good points haul. That one lap in quali followed by the positive steps we made to significantly improve the car in race trim were crucial.” Colin Turkington
Colin Turkington praised his team for their efforts in transforming the balance of his car for race day

RESULTS

Qualifying: P4

READ QUALIFYING REPORT HERE

Race 1: P4

Race 2: P4

Race 3: P2

Championship position: P3

Colin finished P4, P4 and P2 in Sunday’s three races

COLIN’S THOUGHTS

Looking back over the weekend, I had no idea that my one lap wonder in qualifying would be so crucial for the overall weekend results. The nature of Thruxton means that overtaking is difficult. The problem is that when you get close to the car in front in the high speed sections, you lose a bit of front aero and therefore grip and find yourself falling back again. I was able to battle my way through the first few laps and hold P4 for the first two races. Those points were priceless.

This was an excellent result for us at Thruxton and a really good points haul. That one lap in quali followed by the positive steps we made to significantly improve the car in race trim were crucial. There was a lot of work behind the scenes to make that magic happen. It could easily have been a completely different story. We did well!

That final race involved a lot of thought; I was trying to attack the BMW in front but also defend from Ash. You’re trying to figure out how many laps are left and how many laps of hybrid I have left. You don’t want to use it when you don’t need to. The last five laps I had full deployment but it’s difficult to get a good run on somebody round Thruxton, it requires a bold move into the Complex but we’re not at that stage of the season just yet.

Yes I was temped to make a move on Adam, or force an error into the final chicane, but I never had enough to get round the outside. It was important to bring the car home with a good score and round off a strong day with a podium finish.

BMW have now moved to the top of the Manufacturers standings

NEXT EVENT

The BTCC heads West to Cheshire for the fourth event of the 2022 BTCC season on Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th June.

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Thruxton was as busy as ever over the weekend with the appetite for BTCC bigger than ever
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TOP-NOTCH TURKINGTON

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COLIN SHOWS HIS CLASS WITH A TERRIFIC THRUXTON