Turk­ing­ton gets grid penalty for next race

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For­mer cham­pion Colin Turk­ing­ton has been handed a third rep­ri­mand of the sea­son, which means the Subaru Team BMR BTCC driver will start the open­ing race at Sil­ver­stone from the back of the grid.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man was told off af­ter the open­ing race for putting all four wheels be­low the white line at the edge of the Rock­ing­ham cir­cuit as he was over­tak­ing Josh Cook on his way to fourth place. Turk­ing­ton was handed a six-sec­ond penalty that dropped him back be­hind MG man Cook in the re­sults in fifth.

In race three, he was ad­judged to have passed Jake Hill’s Toy­ota as the yel­low flags came out for a safety car.

“I am gut­ted about this, be­cause both Rock­ing­ham in­ci­dents are rel­a­tively mi­nor and they are go­ing to make things tough,” he said. “I felt I had been squeezed onto the grass by Josh, but they didn’t see it that way.

“In race three, I was side-by-side with Jake rac­ing for the line. I felt we were level, but Jake’s bumper must have been ahead of me by a frac­tion of a mil­lime­tre. It is very hard to judge those things when you’re strapped in the car.”

He had picked up a penalty for an in­ci­dent with Rob Col­lard at the last meet­ing at Knock­hill too, which now means he will start from the back at Sil­ver­stone on Septem­ber 18.

“Our car ex­cels on tracks that are chas­sis de­pen­dant, so Sil­ver­stone will be hard,” said Turk­ing­ton. “There aren’t many cor­ners to pass on… The ti­tle will be tough, but we will keep on push­ing.”

Team BKR VW CC driver Mark Howard was also rep­ri­manded af­ter race three and he too will start at the back at Sil­ver­stone.

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