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'King of Croft' Colin Turkington happy to have the wind in his sails

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington has been dubbed 'the King of Croft' and with good reason.

The double British Touring Car champion has won there 10 times and is the current lap and race record-holder.

Now he goes to the north Yorkshire circuit this weekend on the back of a dramatic turnaround for his BMR Subaru team.

The Portadown driver qualified on pole position at Cheshire's Oulton Park circuit and recorded the first victory for the Japanese manufacturer in the history of the BTCC.

Until then Turkington and team-mate Jason Plato had been struggling to bring their all-new Subaru Levorg's up to speed, even missing all three rounds at Thruxton because of a risk of the cars catching fire.

But that changed a fortnight ago when Turkington set fastest time in qualifying, led home a Subaru one-two in race one and finished second in race two. It was, he said, all down to the commitment and hard work of the BMR engineers.

He still remains outside the top 10 in the BTCC standings which means he starts the Croft meeting minus any 'success ballast' and sees his favourite circuit as an ideal opportunity to capitalise on the progress made at Oulton Park.

"As cool as it sounds, I don't think of myself the 'King of Croft', but it's always the last event before the mid-season break and a good opportunity to make your intent known to the rest of the pack," said Turkington.

"I've got some wind in my sails at the moment and it will be important to make the most of the lack of success ballast in the car."

Dromore High School student Daniel Harper, leading rookie in the UK Ginetta junior series, will be in action, too, at Croft.

Meanwhile, Adam Carroll makes his debut in one of motorsport's most iconic races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this weekend.

Fresh from two podium finishes in the British GT championship, Carroll shares a Gulf Porsche 991 RSR with Ben Barker and Mike Wainwright.

In the Le Mans line-up, too, is Jonny Kane, a Le Mans veteran who partners Danny Watts and Nick Leventis in the LMP2 Strakka team.

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