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Stunned Turkington left in a spin

By Sammy Hamill

Disaster struck for Colin Turkington in his bid to regain the British Touring Car Championship.

Back in the series after a three-year absence, the 2009 champion was third in the standings going into yesterday's penultimate round of races at Silverstone.

And he had moved to second after taking fourth place in each of the first two races won by the MG of Jason Plato. But in race three it all went wrong for the Portadown driver spinning out, in third place, when the BMW's rear suspension broke.

Gordon Sheddon went on to win the race but Andrew Jordan continues to lead the championship from Neal and Sheddon with Turkington now 48 points behind going to Brands Hatch in two weeks' time.

Meanwhile, Kevin O'Hara won the Martin Donnelly Trophy at Kirkistown as race favourite and two-time winner Ivor McCullough failed to finish.

The end-of-season trophy showdown had started well enough for NI champion McCullough when he won the second of the two heats to decide the finalists. Neville Smyth and Niall Murray were second and third.

O'Hara, the current Young Irish Driver of the Year from Kildare, had earlier won heat one from Noel Dunne and Jonny McMullan.

McCullough was on pole for the final but in a hectic start he was squeezed down to fourth behind O'Hara, Dunne and McMullan and gradually fell back before pulling his Van Diemen in to retire.

Dunne saw his chances go when he spun, allowing O'Hara to break away and win comfortably from McMullan and Murray.

Other winners included Colin Turkington's younger brother James in the Ford Fiesta race, Jim Hutchinson and David Beatty in saloons and Stephen Donnelly and Jim Larkham in roadsports.

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