TURKINGTON IN CONTROL
COMPOSED CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER SHOWS STRENGTHS WITH SNETTERTON VICTORY
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington has extended his championship lead following another victorious weekend at Snetteron.
Claiming his fifth win of the season with a measured and patient performance, the King of Cool has once again upped the ante on his rivals.
THE GAME MOVES ON
The second half of the season coincided with an adjustment in boost levels for the BTCC field; a move designed to balance performance of the 30 car grid. As a result of this, competition was looking fierce for qualifying, and the BMW driver was honest about slightly struggling with the balance of his 3 Series throughout Saturday morning practice. Despite this, he produced a critical lap late in the session to secure P5, good enough to out-qualify his nearest championship competitors.
INTENSITY AND ACCURACY
Dry, consistent conditions continued for race day, a day of tyre strategy that would ultimately prove crucial for many. Maximising the weekends results on each tyre, Colin put on a flawless performance, delivering on every level in every outing. The intensity and accuracy of his driving at the moment is setting the standard, a standard he himself aims to better.
- Qualifying: P5
- Race 1: P4 – Medium tyre – 54kgs
- Race 2: P1 – Soft tyre – 36kgs
- Race 3: P9 – Hard tyre – 54kgs
- Championship position: 1st
- Championship points: 235
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“I feel I couldn’t have done any more over the weekend, we maximised every situation and I’m satisfied with my performance.
We were up against it on Saturday to balance the car with 54kgs on a hot track, but qualifying P5 was the key to Sunday’s results. Moving the car in the right direction in such limited time is not easy. The relationship with my engineer Dan allows us to quickly find solutions and keep the plan on track.
We opted for a tyre strategy that gave us the best opportunity to score well, and although the third race on the hard was extremely difficult, we knew we had to take the pain in that one to allow us to strike in the other two.
I didn’t expect the soft tyre to perform as well but once some weight came out, the car came to life. This was the race to strike and make it count.
A P9 finish on the hard tyre with max ballast was a job well done! I’m glad we don’t have to race that combination against light cars on the soft tyre again.
We played to our strengths this weekend and extracted the maximum. The competition is only going to increase and the only way we can maintain the advantage is by moving our own game on. I’m comfortable in this uncomfortable position, but we need to keep improving to keep the pressure on the others.”
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Rounds 19, 20, 21 Sat 17/Sun 18 August Thruxton
Rounds 22, 23, 24 Sat 14/Sun 15 September Knockhill
Rounds 25, 26, 27 Sat 28/Sun 29 September Silverstone
Rounds 28, 29, 30 Sat 12/Sun 13 October Brands Hatch (Grand Prix)
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