Colin Turkington eyes final British Championship attack

Colin Turkington and son Lewis on the podium at Croft earlier this season
Colin Turkington and son Lewis on the podium at Croft earlier this season

Colin Turkington will start his 300th race in the British Touring Car Championship this weekend at Rockingham and the reigning champion has only nine races left in the high profile series if he is to retain his crown.

The Portadown driver is not giving up yet and with the three rounds at Knockhill behind him he now can concentrate on the remaining races, which should suit his BMR Volkswagen CC.

It was no secret that the twisty Scottish circuit would ideally suit the BMWs and the Hondas and for the Volkswagens it would present a huge challenge.

“All in all this was a frustrating weekend as I was on course to limit the damage on one of my weaker circuits,” Turkington said.

“I was really pleased with the qualifying performance and felt there was potential for three strong race finishes. The second race was my first retirement of the season and unfortunately that destroyed my chances of scoring in not one but two races.

“The plan was to build on the strong results from the previous meeting at Snetterton, but I will continue to work hard and return to Rockingham ready to take up the fight once again.”

Now in fourth position in the championship Turkington arrives at the former Speedway track this weekend carrying 48kgs of championship success ballast as he eyes the rostrum.

Turkington’s BMR teammate Jason Plato also had a difficult weekend at the Scottish circuit and just hangs on to his position at the top of the championship leader board.

Filling the second and third places in the race for the title Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal.

Rockingham should suit the BMR cars, but make no mistake: Shedden and Neal will be out to knock Plato off the top spot and to keep Turkington at bay.