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Macau torture for Turkington

By Sammy Hamill

The Far East hopes of Colin Turkington and William Buller took a battering on the streets of Macau.

They had little to show for a bruising weekend on the notorious Guia street circuit, Turkington finishing 13th in the final round of the World Touring Car Championship and 18-year-old Buller taking 15th in the F3 Macau Grand Prix.

Despite going to Macau on the back of his first WTCC victory in Japan, former British champion Turkington had a torrid weekend.

He was on the back foot from the beginning, only setting 14th fastest time in an accident-disrupted qualifying session and missing out on the all-important top-10 shootout.

The Portadown driver’s WSR BMW was one of several cars caught up in accidents early in the first of the two races and he was forced to retire after four laps as fellow-Briton Rob Huff won for the Chevrolet team.

Starting from the back half of the grid in race two, Turkington was again caught up in a multi-car crash which brought out the red flags while the track was cleared and his WSR mechanics were still working on the car when the grid was cleared for the re-start and he was given a drive-through penalty which dropped him to the back of the field.

In the end, Turkington made it through to 13th as Norbert Michelisz recorded his first win for SEAT.

Meanwhile Buller, who was making his debut with the Fortec team was also in trouble early on when he was one of five drivers to incur a five-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags during practice.

To make matters worse, his Dallara-Mercedes clipped a barrier during qualifying, resulting in the Scarva teenager starting from 24th place in the qualification race.

He finished 19th, meaning a 10th row start for the grand prix itself and despite the race being disrupted by several accidents, Buller stayed out of trouble to finish 15th, best of the three Fortec runners.

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