Colin Turkington off to mixed start

Colin Turkington
Colin Turkington

Colin Turkington began the defence of his British Touring Car Championship crown at Brands Hatch and with a new team and a new car he came away with a mixed set of results at a meeting which saw Honda and BMW triumph.

The opening race and Turkington had a sluggish start as he tried to get used to the front wheel drive Volkswagen Passat, he did eventually finish fifth with his BMW teammate from last season Rob Collard taking the win.

Race two and he made it onto the podium in third place with Scotland’s Gordon Shedden providing the new Honda Civic Type R with its maiden win and in the final race of the day Matt Neal made it two wins for Honda.

The third race featured the customary reverse grid with Rob Austin’s Audi on pole and Turkington back on the fourth row, but he had an off and dropped to the back of the pack, fighting back to finish twelfth.

Matt Neal and Jack Goff share the lead of the championship with Turkington sixth, seven points adrift of the leaders with the next three rounds at Donington Park

Meanwhile Jonny McMullan finished second in the opening round of the Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600 Championship held on the International circuit at Silverstone.

The Newtownabbey driver followed on from his win last weekend at Kirkistown in the opening round of the Northern Ireland and Irish Formula Ford Championships.

McMullan held off a strong challenge from Jake Byrne, the pair the previous weekend at Kirkistown tangled for the lead of the second Formula Ford race, both retiring as a result. The winner at Silverstone was Joey Foster.