Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Turkington takes a sideways look at Donington

A day of ups, downs and more than a little sideways, Colin Turkington emerged from yesterdays British Touring Car Championship rounds at Donington Park in second place on the points table, just 13 adrift of leader Matt Neal.

It was a busy day at the office for the Portadown racer whose Team RAC BMW ended the first of the days three races in a gravel trap after being nudged off-track while contesting fifth place.

The incident might have led to an early bath for Colin — a fate which befell team mate Stephen Jelley after he made heavy contact with the crash barriers at Redgate Corner.

But the Ulsterman had better luck, even though he was forced to start the day’s second race from 19th place on the starting grid.

A gritty drive in race two saw the orange car fight its way through the pack to emerge in fifth place at the finish behind James Thompson’s Honda, the Vauxhalls of Neal and Fabrizio Giovanardi and Jason Plato’s Chevrolet Lacetti.

And in the third race, run on a drying but still slippery track, Colin (pictured) made all the right moves. Starting from the third row of the grid he took advantage of a physical squabble involving Giovanardi, Plato and Chevrolet drivers Mat Jackson and Harry Vaulkhard to slip through and claim the runner-up spot behind the BMW of Rob Collard.

Meanwhile former motocross star Alan Morrison brought his Team Aon Ford Focus home 16th, 13th and 15th in the three races. The Aon team is working hard to develop the Ford as a BTCC car, but it has yet to show real form, leaving the Killinchy man and team mate Tom Chilton to fight for minor placings.