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Colin Turkington pays the penalty for collision

By Sammy Hamill

The shine has been taken off Colin Turkington's strong British Touring Car Championship display at Snetterton on Sunday.

The Championship leader's hopes of success in the next round, at Knockhill in Scotland, have been hit after he was given an eight-place grid penalty following an incident during the final race.

The Portadown driver was battling over fourth place when he hit Matt Neal's Honda Civic under braking for a hairpin bend. Turkington continued to finish third, while Neal could only recover to 11th.

The collision was investigated by race stewards, who dished out the penalty for the next round on August 24, along with three points on Turkington's license.

"When someone sits on the inside at the hairpins it's very tricky to pass so you have to look at forcing a mistake," said Turkington.

"He caught me by surprise at how early he stopped. I swerved to avoid him and tagged the rear. There was no malice involved."

Turkington's position at the top of the championship was not affected and he remains 23 points ahead of Gordon Sheddon going to the Scot's home circuit where he won twice last year.

Meanwhile, Craig Breen has pulled out of Rally Deutschland in an effort to ensure he's fully fit for his next European championship appearance in the Czech Republic at the end of the month.

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