Belfast Telegraph

Colin Turkington and his fellow drivers facing a busy time

By Sammy Hamill

Former British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington leads a strong group of Ulster drivers into a big weekend of racing at two of the UK's top circuits.

Turkington is in action at round two of the BTCC series at Donington while Jonny Kane is part of the Strakka team in the first round of the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone, which also hosts the start of the European Le Mans series and sees the sportscar debut of Wayne Boyd.

After being marginalised for several years, former British Formula Ford champion Boyd has finally got a break with the Anglo-American United Autosports team and steps up to drive an LMP3 Ligier in the four-hour race on the Grand Prix circuit.

Boyd, who will share the car with Matt Bell and Mark Patterson, says he is "super excited" about his first ELMS race after encouraging performances in pre-season testing.

"I was pleasantly surprised how easily I was able to get up to speed and how I've adapted to a completely new style of car," said Boyd. "Now I can't wait to get started."

At the other end of the scale, the vastly experienced Kane is the anchor man of a Strakka team which includes Nick Leventis and Danny Watts, contesting the LMP2 class in the WEC series in a Gibson S103.

A late addition to the line-up is Damien Faulkner who has joined the Murphy Prototypes team and will drive an LMP2 Oreca at Silverstone.

Turkington, meanwhile, says his BMR team have made "positive strides" ahead of the second series of BTCC races at Donington this weekend.

The decision to switch from Volkswagens to an all-new Subaru Levorg came late in the day and saw the team scrambling to have four cars on the grid for round one at Brands Hatch two weeks ago.

But Turkington qualified 11th, just four-tenths of a second off pole even though his Subaru only fired up for the first time during practice.

"It would have been very easy to turn up at the first round and be consistently outside the top 20 but that wasn't the case, we scored points. There is a lot of positivity in the camp and we know we are going to get stronger," Turkington said.

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