Colin Turkington out in action at Oulton Park meeting

Colin Turkington
Colin Turkington

Colin Turkington is currently in second place in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship which heads North West this weekend for rounds 10, 11 and 12 at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

The picturesque circuit is expected to draw one of the biggest crowds of the year, with in excess of 40,000 fans expected to catch the high speed action.

Thirty top level touring cars will be going flat out for victory around the 2.26-mile Island configuration and after three thrilling events in 2015 the BTCC is proving as unpredictable as ever with six different winners having taken to the first step of the podium already and the top five drivers are covered by just fifteen championship points.

Honda Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden leads the way at the minute.

The Ulsterman has adapted quickly to a switch in team and car this year and is already a frequent front-runner and after nine races he finds himself three points ahead of Honda driver Matt Neal and four the better of his Team BMR team-mate Jason Plato.

Plato has won nine times at Oulton Park and will be gunning for more glory in the Volkswagen CC having taken two victories already this campaign.

2013 champion Andrew Jordan has yet to win a race having switched to the manufacturer MG Triple Eight Racing squad at the start of the year, but two podiums and consistent top ten finishes put him fifth in the standings.

Just a single point behind Jordan is WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan, a driver who grabbed headlines last time out at Thruxton.

In 2014 it was Turkington who stole the show with pole position and a double race win at he wheel of a BMW. This bodes well for the three drivers who race the WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport cars this year, Rob Collard, Sam Tordoff and triple World Champion Andy Priaulx.

However Turkington ranks Oulton Park as one of his favourite circuits and he will be out to top the points table in defence of his championship crown.