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Colin Turkington top of pile pending race probe

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington shot to the top of the British Touring Car Championship standings with back to back wins in round four of the series at Oulton Park.

The Portadown driver, champion in 2009, won the first two of the three races at the Cheshire circuit to jump from third to first in the points positions. He finished fourth in race three but the result was under investigation following an illegal 'tap' pass by Jason Plato.

After taking pole position in Saturday's qualifying, Turkington led from start to finish in the first two races. He started eighth on a wet track in the reverse grid third race but he quickly moved to third behind the leading VW of Aaron Smith but four laps from the end the BMW was nudged off line by Plato.

Smith held on to take his first win of the season, completing a clean sweep for Irish drivers.

Andrew Watson retained his lead in the BTCC supporting Ginetta SuperCup series with a sixth and second places but two wins for Charlie Robertson saw him close to within four points of the Tyrone teenager.

Meanwhile, Sebastien Ogier extended his lead in the World rally championship with his fourth win of the season in Sardinia. But there was little joy for Kris Meeke or fellow Ulster driver Marty McCormack who both suffered mechanical setbacks.

Meeke picked up 25 minutes in penalties when his Citroen stopped with electrical failure on Friday and he eventually finished a distant 18th as his team-mate Mads Ostberg split the Volkswagens of Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala by claiming second.

McCormack's WRC2 Ford Fiesta R5 was plagued with transmission trouble which cost him 30 minutes in penalties but he battled through to finish 30th, one place ahead of the Subaru of former Irish Tarmac champion Eamonn Boland.

Derek McGarrity stretched his lead in the Northern Ireland championship with his third win on the Mourne Rally. David Armstrong and Alistair Cochrane in Escorts were second and third.

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