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Turkington feeling revved up for a fresh challenge

By Staff Reporter

Colin Turkington is optimistic but realistic ahead of the opening rounds of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch tomorrow.

The two-time champion from Portadown will be on board a Subaru Levorg for the first time, a car never seen before in the series and one which had barely turned a wheel on a race track before this weekend.

The decision by Turkington's Team BMR to change from their race-winning Volkswagens to the Subarus came late in the day and took many by surprise. In fact only one was ready for the BTCC media day at Donington last month and was only there for show, never taking to the track.

Since then Turkington has been able to put in some test mileage while the team work frantically to have four of the Levorgs ready for Brands Hatch where he will be joined by Jason Plato, James Cole and team owner Warren Scott.

He said: "The feeling inside the car was very positive and I am pleased to report it sounds just like a Subaru."

But how it will fare on a first outing against a capacity 32-car field including the Honda of reigning champion Gordon Sheddon is a complete unknown.

Meanwhile, the local motor racing season begins at Kirkistown today with a packed 14-race programme, headlined by two rounds of the Historic Formula Ford 2000 championship. It was a major feature of Irish racing in the 1970s and '80s and saw the late Ayrton Senna win the Leinster Trophy.

There are Formula Ford 1600s on the programme too with Ford Fiesta race winner Andrew Blair switching to single-seaters in a field including Jordan Dempsey and James Roe.

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