TOUGH THRUXTON FOR TURKINGTON
CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER TOUGHS IT OUT TO KEEP TITLE PUSH ON TRACK
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington remains top of the leader board in the 2019 BTCC title fight despite a difficult weekend in Hampshire.
Battling it out in all three of Sunday’s races, Turkington hadn’t the pace to cut through the pack, but picked up valuable points along the way keeping his title push on track.
SPIKE IN COMPETITION
The story of the weekend was the spike in competition clearly seen in Saturday’s qualifying session. Although feeling confident in the development of the BMW 3 Series since the previous visit, it was a difficult day for the success ballast laden BMW of Turkington, failing to qualify in the top 5 for the first time this year. Maintaining his belief in the growth of the project, the triple champion confirmed they had put their best foot forward and the result was not a reflection of the performance of the 3 Series.
TOUGHING IT OUT
The theme continued on race day with Turkington unable to move forwards through the pack. Three typical BTCC brawls played out for the BMW driver, and despite his very best efforts, the defending champion had to be content with three points scoring finishes. Crossing the line in P13, P9 and P13 it was tough day of battle that delivered 13 valuable points.
- Qualifying: P11
- Race 1: 13
- Race 2: P9
- Race 3: P13
- Championship position: 1st
- Championship points: 249
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“That was a very testing weekend for us as a team but one that won’t dampen our spirits. The landscape has changed around us but we have to keep the focus on our own performance.
We know we have done a super job with this car and we have confidence in our work. The results do not reflect the effort that has went into this weekend.
With the spike in performance from the competition it’s more important than ever we look at every small detail and continue to find improvements. This attitude has served us well so far.
Reflecting on the three results, I’m probably most surprised that we couldn’t make much progress without the weight. The pace of the pack around us was so strong.
Thruxton used to be a favourable track for the front wheel drive cars and following our breakthrough in 2018 I suppose we felt we had rewritten the rule book. It appears that those results and our success earlier in the year where the exceptions and not the rule.
We managed to bank 13 valuable points despite things going against us. These could prove crucial by the end.”
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