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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.

Colin Turk­ing­ton

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