MOTORSPORT: Colin Turkington aiming to keep championship hopes alive

Colin Turkington and son Lewis on the podium at Croft
Colin Turkington and son Lewis on the podium at Croft

Colin Turkington heads to Silverstone this weekend for the latest rounds in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in the penultimate race weekend of the season.

Five former champions currently occupy the top five positions in the standings, with 11 drivers in total still holding a mathematical chance of claiming the much-coveted honours.

Huge crowds have attended venues all around the country during this unforgettable season so far, and Silverstone will be no different with tens of thousands of spectators set to descend on the famous circuit over the weekend.

Rounds 25, 26 and 27 of the 2015 campaign will be contested around the 1.64-mile National Circuit, with the layout normally playing host to some of the closest racing of the year.

Scot Gordon Shedden will arrive at the Northamptonshire track with a slender six point lead in the series and the works Honda driver will be aiming to build on his points score.

Currently in second place is Turkington’s Volkswagen teammate Jason Plato and Shedden’s teammate Matt Neal is further 20 points adrift in third.

Fourth spot is held by Turkington and he is 33 points behind Shedden, however the Portadown driver is not one for giving up and the reigning champion is keen to hold onto his crown.

With six races remaining it looks more and more likely that the champion will not be crowned until the last race.

In the battle for the Independent Driver’s Trophy it is Turkington who heads the list, ten points clear of Plato.

Already announced, the launch for the 2016 British Touring Car Championship will take place on March 22 at Donington Park.

The 2016 like 2015 will be fought out over 30 races and the action starts at Brands Hatch on April 2.

Meanwhile, the build-up continues for the big car race meeting of the season at Kirkistown: the Martin Donnelly Trophy supported by Ards & North a down Borough Council which takes place next Saturday, October 3.

Already more than 20 Formula Fords are entered including the 2015 Northern Ireland Champion Jake Byrne.