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Colin Turkington vows to stay on attack

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington has 21 races in the bag and nine more to go to become British Touring Car champion for a second time.

He heads into the Rockingham rounds of the premier British series this weekend with a 23-point lead but knows his advantage could be wiped out in an instance – as it almost was at Knockhill a fortnight ago.

Leading the first of the three races at the Scottish circuit, a tap on the rear of his eBay Motors BMW sent the car spinning into a gravel trap and the 2009 champion from Portadown could only watch his rivals try to capitalise on his misfortune.

But one of the drives of his life saw Turkington claw his way back from 27th place on the grid to fourth in race two and a podium finish in race three allowed him to leave Knockhill still ahead of the pack.

"When I was stuck in the gravel trap I never imagined I would finish the day still the championship leader," he reflects. "But it shows how quickly things can change in the BTCC. You can be down one minute up the next or the other way round and with nine races left there is still a lot that can happen."

Which is why Turkington will not take a conservative approach or try to protect his lead around the usual Rockingham circuit.

"Everyone knows that the intensity ramps up at this time of year and the only thing that can be done in the BTCC is to attack," he says.

"Threats come from all angles and it is way too early to start being conservative."

Tomorrow's three races will be live on ITV4 from 11.30am.

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