4TH FOR THE 4-TIME CHAMP
COLIN TURKINGTON PRODUCES STUNNING PERFORMANCES TO ROUND OFF THE YEAR
- Colin Turkington signed off his 2022 BTCC campaign in 4th place yesterday (9th October) after a spectacular season finale crowned Tom Ingram the new Champion.
- Turkington, a 4-time champion himself, produced two stunning races but ultimately was unable to challenge for the top spot following his costly points deficit from Silverstone.
- Repeated hybrid issues left the Team BMW driver frustrated at Silverstone and again in Saturday’s qualifying.
- Four drivers, including Turkington, went into the final event in contention delivering some gutsy and heart-in-mouth racing.
- Brands Hatch was packed to the rafters as people travelled from far and wide to witness another sensational display of world class motorsport.
HEAR FROM COLIN
Firstly, I would like to congratulate Tom Ingram on clinching his first British Touring Car Championship. This is the hardest series in the world to win, I know just what it takes to get it over the line and Tom is a worthy champion.
In parc fierme after the second race, I knew exactly how he (Tom) was feeling and seeing someone take that pressure and deliver – I was really pleased for him.
Race day proved to be a good day in what’s been quite a difficult run-in to the end of the season for me. Silverstone did the damage, and it took too long to iron out the hybrid issues for me to have a realistic chance this weekend. The BMW was strong today and in race 2, that was the best car I’ve had all year. After our frustrating qualifying session I had no idea what to expect from the races, but I really enjoyed them and could race well. That’s a positive way to end.
Race 3 was a difficult one, having been through so much heartache myself in season finales, I never wanted to play a role in how the title would be decided. Being out of contention, I just needed to stay out of the title fight. Ash was ahead of me, and both Jake and Tom went by – I felt the right thing to do was to let them race it out.
Overall, I feel we took a step forward with the BMW from what we learned this weekend and it was great to get a final podium of the year.
The competition has been tough, but overall, I think it’s been a fantastic year of racing with a clear shift towards racing with respect. Yesterday’s races proved you don’t have to crash people off the track to be in contention for a title.
I’m still proud of where we finished, as I know, together with WSR, we never let ourselves down and pushed hard to the end. Team BMW were once again, a force to be reckoned with, and clinching their 7th consecutive Manufacturers title is a truly impressive achievement.
Qualifying – P10
Race 1: P5
Race 2: P3
Race 3: P12
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P4
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