BTCC SNETTERTON: PREVIEW
“MINDSET THE SAME” FOR TURKINGTON AS HE AIMS TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON
The second half of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship resumes this weekend at Snetterton, with a unique tyre strategy set to spice things up.
Returning to action following a five week summer break, the BTCC has added a one-off challenge to the usual proceedings, with drivers required to race the soft, medium and hard compound tyres at the Norfolk circuit. With the hard tyre expected to lap around one second per lap slower than the soft, this creates an interesting debate for when best to run each tyre and even more interesting races!
BMW WEATHERS THE SEASON SO FAR
Far from predictable, the weather has played a huge role in the 2019 season to date, adding further challenges into one of the most demanding motorsport series. Coming out on top in all conditions nevertheless, has been the new-for-2019 BMW 3 Series. A race winner from the first event, it has displayed engineering prowess and highlighted the excellence of Team BMW. They are currently top in all three championship standings and at the moment the ones to beat.
PERSONAL PERFORMANCE THE PRIORITY
Despite this, Championship leader Colin Turkington insists the standings are making no difference to his preparation and commitment. Working to better his own performance, Turkington’s growth mindset has continued to deliver at each event and seen him ramp up the pressure on his rivals. Producing one of the finest laps in his career, Turkington put the maximum ballasted BMW on pole at Oulton Park, a feat many believed impossible. He also recorded his 50th BTCC career victory in commanding fashion and increased his championship lead to 33 points.
Reflecting on the season so far, we entered the summer break exactly how we wanted with momentum on our side, and although we are ahead in the standings, my approach and mindset is the same.
There are still 15 races to go and it only gets tougher from here on in. I’ll continue to focus on my performance and hunt out areas for improvement. We’ll keep this growth mindset the priority, enjoy the journey and see where we are come the finale in October.
Following our test at Snetterton, we know so much more about the new BMW 3 Series and the seat time was invaluable.
Pinning down that optimum window of performance is crucial for this stage of the season, especially with the tyre strategy we have to run at Snetterton. It’s been a careful step by step approach for me with the new car, and I feel we are beginning to reap the rewards of our discipline and persistence in those early stages.
I have trust in the process and my system. I know if I continue to look after myself and prepare to the best of my ability in advance of a race weekend, then I can enter the event with full confidence.
Away from the track I couldn’t be happier and these positive vibes reverberate into how we perform.
Driving the BMW E30 M3 at the Silverstone Classic last weekend was brilliant! Being part of that event is a privilege, and it was a fantastic exercise for me between BTCC race weekends. It was a shame we didn’t go the distance in the race, but the car was really strong in both testing and qualifying and I know it won’t be long before we are on the overall podium.
I’ll be attacking Snetterton from the off and seeking to bring that killer instinct with me. The competitive fire is burning and although I expect things to get more difficult, we’ll be brave with what we believe we can achieve.”
Colin relished the opportunity to compete at the Silverstone Classic last weekend. Driving an Steve Soper 1991 BMW M3, Turkington was in fine form in practice and qualifying bringing the fight to the more powerful machines. Unfortunately a mechanical issue on the green flag lap forced early retirement for the 3 Series and Turkington was unable to race.
SNETTERTON RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
- Free practice 1 – 9.30am
- Free practice 2 – 12pm
- Qualifying – 3pm
WATCH LIVE ON ITV4
Showing on ITV4 this Sunday from 10:45am, Snetterton will be broadcast LIVE all day giving you unrivalled access to the action!
SNETTERTON TYRE STRATEGY
Snetterton see’s a unique tyre strategy for the 2019 event with all drivers required to run the SOFT, MEDIUM and HARD tyre for one race. Tyre choices are not required to be nominated in advance but must not be changed on the grid prior to each race.
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