TURKINGTON’S WIN­NING WAYS

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IT’S not just Carl Framp­ton win­ning for North­ern Ire­land, Por­ta­d­own’s Colin Turkington heads to Knock­hill full of con­fi­dence this week­end with Team Sil­ver­line Subaru BMR Racing in Bri­tish Tour­ing Cars with an­other big win un­der his belt. Subaru Levorgs dom­i­nated at the pre­vi­ous Snet­ter­ton round with all four Levorgs fin­ish­ing in the top ten, an as­ton­ish­ing re­sult in the Subaru team’s maiden sea­son in a fiercely con­tested Cham­pi­onship. Turkington notched up his third per­sonal win as racing re­sumed af­ter the sum­mer re­cess, sev­eral mas­sive ac­ci­dents un­der­lined how dan­ger­ous motor racing can be.

Two-times BTCC cham­pion Turkington leads the Subaru Levorg driv­ers mov­ing up six places from eleventh to fifth, now only 34 points adrift of the se­ries leader. For­mer BTCC cham­pion team-mate Ja­son Plato is eleventh, an­other 29 points be­hind. Sil­ver­line Subaru BMR Racing col­lected the Team Tro­phy, outscor­ing all oth­ers over the week­end.

“I’m ex­tremely sat­is­fied with an­other strong per­for­mance, claim­ing my third win of the sea­son was def­i­nitely the highlight. It was a po­ten­tially tricky week­end for us, but all the sum­mer test miles re­ally paid off ” said a clearly de­lighted Colin “Com­ing from P2 to win was a spe­cial mo­ment made even more sig­nif­i­cant as the whole team fin­ished in­side the top ten. I gave it my all and de­spite some pretty scary mo­ments I was able to take home a big haul of points. I’m look­ing for­ward to Knock­hill to build on this mo­men­tum.”

Over his very suc­cess­ful ca­reer Colin has built up a huge fol­low­ing within North­ern Ire­land and abroad. Many fans will make their way to the hilly Fife cir­cuit, renowned for its nar­row track and con­stant gra­di­ent and cam­ber changes. Colin stud­ied at nearby Stir­ling Univer­sity and has a great deal of ex­pe­ri­ence of Knock­hill, one se­ri­ous con­tender will be lo­cal hero and for­mer track in­struc­tor Gor­don Shed­den, an­other very fast and proven racer.

“We have proven that the Subaru Levorg is a se­ri­ous con­tender, to win the Cham­pi­onship we must beat them all” said Colin “It’s very en­cour­ag­ing in our maiden sea­son to be tak­ing the race to es­tab­lished, ex­pe­ri­enced and highly re­spected com­peti­tors. We can build a reg­u­lar win­ning habit, our spon­sors and race team are do­ing a mag­nif­i­cent job.”

“An edge we en­joy is the ex­cep­tion­ally low centre of grav­ity from Subaru’s trade­mark Boxer en­gines, the all new Levorg keeps firmly on the racing line and max­imises trac­tion in cor­ner­ing. It is su­perbly well-balanced and gives tremen­dous feed­back to the driver, it suits my driv­ing style, in each re­main­ing Round there is an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove fur­ther, but the com­pe­ti­tion won’t be stand­ing still or mov­ing out our way!”

Belfast Tele­graph read­ers can fol­low Colin’s ex­ploits this week­end at www.subaru.co.uk, or watch the race live on ITV4. There’s still time to book a flight or ferry to cheer Colin on as the racing se­ries with the big­gest fol­low­ing out­side For­mula 1 re­turns to the track this week­end. Good luck Colin – we’re right be­hind you!

Turkington leads the pack

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