SUBARU RACE AHEAD
AT the most recent British Touring Cars Round at Rockingham, Northern Irish racing star Colin Turkington survived a massive 120 mph spin on the demanding banked circuit yet went on to a subsequent podium finish — despite starting midfield, 15th on the grid.
“Thunderstorms, heavy rain and low light stopped Saturday Qualifying” said County Armagh father-of-two Colin.
“Racing the all new Levorg with minimal practice laps was daunting, but the Subaru’s Boxer engine’s exceptional low centre of gravity and impeccable handling allowed me to secure another top placing and a good points haul from the weekend.
“I’m still very much in the Championship contention with only six rounds left.
“My spin was the result of a hard compound tyre choice — teams must use the hard rating in at least one round. Drivers on the softer mix had more grip — and cornering pace.
“Recovering a flat-out spin on a banked circuit requires more than just a great car and skilled driving. There was an element of good fortune as following cars managed to avoid a collision. I’m told it was sensational for spectators.”
Colin has led the Subaru Levorg Team BMR all season and outclassed fellow double BTCC Champion, team-mate Jason Plato. The greatest rivalry can often be between an outfit’s individual drivers and Jason lacks the race pace of Colin on track.
Colin regularly carries more ballast than his competitors — designed to increase the competitiveness of BTCC and prevent any one make dominating the Cham- pionship. The formula delivers excitement and regular incidents as rivals fight for the apexes at high speed.
“British Touring Cars draws huge crowds, typically 40,00050,000 on race days and 21 million viewers over the season on ITV4’S live race coverage.” Colin explained.
“Subaru have built up a big following and many fans travel from Northern Ireland to enjoy live action. At each round Subaru supporters gather at one section of the track and just cover the banking with banners, it’s terrific to have such a strong fanbase.
“The Levorg GT Turbo is great to drive and it’s hard to believe how much success we’ve enjoyed thus far when you consider we’ve gone from showroom to a full race machine seriously contending in the championship in just a few short months, in its maiden season.
“Levorg is superbly wellequipped, has striking looks and nice clean lines and is a thoroughly capable family estate in the tradi- tions of the finest Grand Tourer.
“Plus of course every Subaru comes with impeccable Japanese build quality and reliability, as standard. If you’re in the market, check out the Levorg.
“Drive one, and you’ll surely buy one.”
Levorg GT Turbo is available now in Subaru’s Northern Ireland dealers, new vehicles registered in the month of September also get three years/30,000 miles free servicing.
If you take a test drive, be sure to tell the sales person star driver Colin Turkington sent you and follow all the BTTC action at the next Round at Silverstone, 17-18th September.