Colin Turkington's career turns full circle with return to Kirkistown
Colin Turkington will make a return to the circuit where his racing career began. The double British Touring Car champion is to take part in rounds four and five of the ASK supercar championship at Kirkistown on Saturday.
Winner of the BTCC title in 2009 and 2014 with West Surrey Racing, Turkington currently drives for the BMR Subaru team and will be in action in the top British series at Oulton Park at the beginning of next month. But before then, the Portadown driver will be back at Kirkistown where he raced little Metros back in the late 1990s.
He won the NI Metro title in 1999 before moving on to British championships but his last competitive appearance at Kirkistown saw him crash his Ford Fiesta into the barriers on a just-for-fun Boxing Day event a few years ago.
He still attends the circuit regularly, helping his younger brother James with the set up of his Seat Leon and testing some of the exotic cars belonging to one of his sponsors, Breezemount.
But Saturday will be a rare opportunity to see a real local motorsport star on home ground in a competitive situation.
The Tools Dynamics ASK supercars are purpose-built racers, turning out more than 250 horse power from their two-litre Ford Zetec engines. They have become a big attraction at their Mondello base and just a fortnight ago they came north to race at Bishopscourt, where Peter Barrable took his first win and Andy O'Brien added to his championship lead.
They will both be at Kirkistown, as will Sam Moffett, who is combining his Irish Tarmac and British championship campaigns with a supercar programme.
Turkington, meanwhile, has been taking advantage of a lull in the BTCC season by sampling historic racing. He drove a little Brabham BT5 sportscar at Silverstone last weekend and previously had been to Donington to drive a BMW M3 and a Corvette in the historic festival.