TURKINGTON’S WINNING WAYS
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