Belfast Telegraph

Turkington takes title control into his hands

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington has opened up a nine point lead at the top of the British Touring Car Championship standings after what he called a "stunning" fourth round weekend at Oulton Park.

The 2009 champion from Portadown qualified his eBay Motors BMW on pole position at the Cheshire track and went on to win the first two races, leading from start to finish. He finished fourth on the road in race three which was won by another Irish driver, Aron Smith, but was promoted to third after Jason Plato was penalised.

Turkington had been in third place but close to the end of the race his BMW was pushed wide by the MG of Plato, who was subsequently penalised for the illegal passing manoeuvre and dropped to fourth.

"It was a stunning weekend but it wasn't easy," said Turkington who moved from third to top of the table, nine points ahead of 2013 champion Gordon Sheddon.

"It might have looked as though it was easy but I can assure you it definitely wasn't. It's absolutely vital that when you've got a fast car that you maximise every opportunity, so I'm delighted with the wins.

"We felt the weight (45 kilos of success ballast) a lot more in the wet in race three – it was a really tough one and I had to graft hard to stay up there. It was a brilliant day for eBay Motors, two wins and a third was amazing."

An added bonus for Turkington was the poor performances by two of his big Honda rivals, Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal. Reigning champion Jordan slipped from first to third and is now 27 points behind Turkington and Neal is down to sixth. Plato is fourth, 36 points behind.

The series now moves to Croft at the end of the month.

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