Cut­ting the apron strings – for a few sea­sons

Motor Sport News - - Insight: Turkington At Wsr -

Al­though Colin Turkington has spent 75 per cent of his ca­reer at WSR, he has en­joyed suc­cess with the two other teams that he has driven for: Triple Eight Race En­gi­neer­ing and Team BMR.

Al­though ac­knowl­edged as a rear-wheel-drive ex­pert, Turkington founded his ca­reer in front-wheel-drive cars with the Wsr-run MG ZS, and it was this prow­ess that brought him to the at­ten­tion of Ian Har­ri­son, the Triple Eight boss.

He was plugged into the As­tra Sport Hatch along­side ac­knowl­edged bench­mark and team dar­ling Yvan Muller and plonked the car on pole for his maiden out­ing with the squad. That was a false dawn and, de­spite a flour­ish in the mid­dle of the year when he won at Croft and Mon­dello Park, he was un­able to match the French­man and fin­ished vir­tu­ally 100 points be­hind the sis­ter car.

Af­ter re­turn­ing to WSR, he was tempted to leave by the big bucks that Team BMR chief War­ren Scott was spend­ing at the end of the 2014 cam­paign.

Turkington and his en­gi­neer Kevin Berry went over to the VW CC team and joined forces with Ja­son Plato. Turkington was back in a front-wheel-drive car along­side Plato, who had only ever raced that for­mat of car since his BTCC de­but in 1997.

Turkington strug­gled ini­tially to read­just and Plato put him in the shade. The high­points were a win at Don­ing­ton Park, Sil­ver­stone and two mid-sea­son tri­umphs at Snet­ter­ton, but he was over­shad­owed by his team-mate.

Last sea­son, Turkington was right back at home in the rear-wheel-drive Subaru Levorg, which was newly de­vel­oped by the team. De­spite strug­gles at the start of the year with the project, he took five wins to Plato’s one.

VX Rac­ing drive was in 2005

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