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