Colin Turkington resumes British Touring car challenge

Colin Turkington and Jason Plato
Colin Turkington and Jason Plato

Colin Turkington continues his challenge this weekend in the British Touring Car Championship to retain his title at one of the fastest racing circuits in Britain at Thruxton.

Last time out the Ulster driver scored his first win of the season as he settles not only into a new car but also a new team. Currently he is just two points from the top of the championship table.

The Hampshire venue will host rounds seven, eight and nine of what has become the premier motor racing series in these islands. 

Some 30 of the finest Touring Car drivers will be chasing glory around the 2.34-miles of abrasive asphalt, featuring some of the fastest corners in motor racing, in what is shaping up to be one of the most open BTCC seasons in history.

Triple champion Matt Neal leads the way after six of 30 races but the fiercely fought campaign has already seen five drivers reach the top step of the rostrum.

Honda’s Neal is the only double race winner so far, but that does not even begin to cover the story of what has widely been regarded as an unrivalled and action packed opening to the championship.

The dark horses, quite literally in their stealth-looking VWs will be champion team-mates Colin Turkington and Jason Plato.

The Team BMR cars have arguably been the quickest machines on-track so far this season and with the pair still acclimatising to new surroundings you would expect them to continue that upward trend as the season progresses.

With Irishman Aron Smith improving all the time in the third VW do not be surprised to see a trio of the German machines in contention for victory.

The entry at Thruxton contains no fewer than five former champions and there is no doubt they will be seeking race victories.

Meanwhile, Motorsport Ireland Dunlop Sexton Young Racing driver of the year Jonny McMullan is raring to go ahead of round two of the National Championship this weekend at Donington park.  

Going into this weekend the 22-year-old Newtownabbey driver is lying second in the championship after two podium finishes a month ago at Silverstone.