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Turkington lays down early marker with Brands Hatch win

Colin Turkington laid down a marker for this year's British Touring Car Championship with a victory in the opening round of the series at Brands Hatch.

But he must have feared it might have been a repeat of last season when he was in the wars in the first of the three races at the Kent circuit. His eBay Motors BMW suffered suspension damage as he battled over fourth place with the Honda of Gordon Sheddon and was forced to drop back to eighth place.

But Turkington, the 2009 champion, bounced back in race two to take third place behind the Honda of reigning champion Andrew Jordan, who also won race one, with Sheddon second.

In the final race of the day, Turkington started from row two behind BMW team-mates Nick Foster and Rob Collard but soon dispatched them to hit the front and sweep to his first victory of the season ahead of Matt Neal (Honda) and Jason Plato (MG).

There was further Ulster success with 19-year-old Donaghmore driver Andrew Watson winning the opening round of the Ginetta Super Cup series and then took second place in round two despite his car being damaged in an early collision. He finished fifth in race three.

At Kirkistown, southern drivers Niall Murray and Noel Dunne won the two Formula Ford races.

Brands Hatch Festival winner Murray took race one from Jake Byrne and Adrian Pollock third, while Dunne beat Murray in race two, with Pollock again third.

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