BTCC star Turk­ing­ton to drive open-topped car for the first time in 18 years this week­end

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Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship fac­tory Subaru driver Colin Turk­ing­ton will drive an open-topped car for the first time in his 18-year rac­ing ca­reer when he joins up with Sam Thomas to race a 1963 Brab­ham BT5 at Sil­ver­stone this week­end.

The two-time BTCC ti­tle win­ner will join forces with prepa­ra­tions ex­pert Thomas for the two-driver Guards Tro­phy race. Turk­ing­ton has driven other cars for Thomas, in­clud­ing a Chevro­let Corvette at Don­ing­ton Park’s His­toric Fes­ti­val meet­ing at the start of May.

Turk­ing­ton said: “The last time I drove any­thing with an open roof would have been back in my kart­ing days, so it is go­ing to be some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent for me.

“It is great to get to race on the Sil­ver­stone Grand Prix track too. Be­ing a BTCC driver, it is prob­a­bly the one cir­cuit in the UK where I have the least ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I fin­ished third in Mark Smith’s BMW M3 E30 at Don­ing­ton Park’s His­toric Fes­ti­val too, and that was the first tro­phy I have earned this year. Sam tells me the Brab­ham BT5 will be quite com­pet­i­tive, so there is a chance of more. That could be a good thing if the next BTCC meet­ing doesn’t go to well for me...”

Turk­ing­ton and Thomas’s ri­vals will in­clude Mclaren devel­op­ment driver Chris Good­win shar­ing a Lo­tus 23B with Shaun Hol­lamby.

Turk­ing­ton will race BT5

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