Motorsport: Tough task for Colin Turkington at Knockhill

Colin Turkington faces an uphill battle at Knockhill
Colin Turkington faces an uphill battle at Knockhill

Colin Turkington faces an uphill battle this weekend as the British Touring Car Championship heads to Knockhill for the only Scottish rounds in the high profile series.

The Ebay Motors BMW driver brings with him an eight place grid penalty after the previous meeting and Knockhill is one circuit where it is critical to start as high on the grid as possible.

Even if Turkington can set the fastest time in qualifying he will start from row five and ahead of him a giant task as this is one circuit where overtaking is extremely difficult.

Turkington currently leads the points table but the 2009 BTCC Champion will have a host of rivals knocking at his door. He has stood on the podium in nine of the last ten BTCC races, and he has scored no less than a phenomenal five victories in that sequence of results.

Scottish hero Gordon Shedden is the man chasing down Turkington, with the Honda Yuasa Racing driver having extracted every last drop of performance from his new-for-2014 Civic Tourer so far this season. The estate style car has been consistent throughout, if not the outright pace-setter, and there is every sign that both car and driver are ready to take more victories.

Shedden knows Knockhill better than any other driver in the BTCC as he works there and it could be said he has the advantage.

Few could have foreseen the summer period endured by reigning champion Andrew Jordan, who led the title race after the opening events at Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Thruxton. The 25-year-old collected a disappointing points haul in the next two events, but worse was still to come when the Pirtek Racing driver had a high-speed accident during practice last time out at Snetterton.

The event at Snetterton belonged to double champion Jason Plato, who reignited his title challenge with a stellar pole position and two commanding victories.