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Brakes put on trio's hopes

By Sammy Hamill

Motorsport can be a cruel business – just ask Colin Turkington, Craig Breen and Declan Boyle.

All three had high hopes for the weekend but found themselves effectively sidelined before they barely had time to settle.

Turkington had a mathematical possibility of regaining the British Touring Car Championship in the final day of the series at Brands Hatch but his slim chances were wiped out in the first few hundred yards of the first race.

Starting sixth on the grid, he sprinted up to fourth off the line but his BMW was tagged by team-mate Collard, sending it spinning into the path of Nick Foster.

The collision consigned both cars to retirement and resulted in Turkington starting from the back of the grid for race two. The Ulsterman climbed to 12th but by then it was little consolation that two of his rivals for the title, Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal, both retired after a first lap clash.

Jason Plato, who had been fifth in the standings behind Turkington, won both races.

But Plato couldn't complete the hat-trick and a solid ninth place for Jordan saw the young Honda driver win the title for the first time as Turkington ended fourth.

Craig Breen, meanwhile, made a promising start to the Rally Sanremo in Italy, holding fourth place after the first three stages. But on Friday evening, his S2000 Peugeot broke its rear suspension, forcing his retirement.

And new Irish national champion Boyle made his expected fast start at his home Donegal Harvest Rally, and led by more than a minute after the first two stages.

But by stage three he was out, his Subaru suffering suspension damage.

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