Colin Turkington turns back clock for supercar series
Colin Turkington may be one of the UK's most successful drivers, a double British Touring Car champion, but he is first and foremost a racing enthusiast.
Which is why he will step back in time to his teenage days and return to his home circuit at Kirkistown tomorrow to take part in the ASK supercar series.
"I'll take any opportunity I can to race," he said. "It all helps to keep you sharp and it will be a good warm-up for the next round of the BTCC at Oulton Park the following weekend.
"It's been 11 years since I last raced at Kirkistown in a one off event (he crashed), but it is where I started in 1998 in the Northern Ireland Metro Championship when I was 16 (he won it).
"I've never driven one of these ASK supercars and because I'm testing with the BMR team in England this week I probably won't get the chance to try the car before qualifying tomorrow. But I'm looking forward to it."
Turkington has had a disappointing start to the BTCC season following BMR's late decision to switch from Volkswagens to the all-new Subaru Levorg. They have been plagued with a lack of straight line speed and all four cars were withdrawn from the last round at Thruxton because of fuel system problems.
"It takes time with any new car to get it competitive but we are making progress and we expect a big step forward for the next round at Oulton," he said.
In the meantime Turkington will fly back home today and head for Kirkistown in the morning to take on the likes of Andy O'Brien and Peter Barrable in the two supercar races which headline the 500 Club programme.
It also includes the BOSS single-seater series with some of the fastest cars in Irish racing round the Co Down track. Local interest will be on drivers like former Portadown footballer Noel Robinson who leads the championship and will be looking for another win on his home circuit.