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Colin Turkington can't wait to get back on tour after his Thruxton woe

By Sammy Hamill

He has driven historic cars, sportscars and supercars in the past few weeks but all Colin Turkington wants to do is get back on track in a touring car - which is why he is keener than ever to climb on board his BMR Subaru Levorg at Oulton Park this weekend.

The two-time British Touring Car champion from Portadown was forced to sit out the last series of BTCC races at Thruxton when his BMR team withdrew the cars due to worries over the high pressure fuel system.

One of the team's four Subarus had caught fire at Donington and, despite modifications, there were signs it could happen again at Thruxton, hence the late call to put safety first.

"It was frustrating but it was the right call," said Turkington. "The fuel is under such high pressure, any failure in the system could be catastrophic. The fact is these cars are so new to touring cars there are bound to be teething troubles."

Thruxton was the low point in an already difficult start to the season for BMR. Their decision to switch from Volkswagens to Subarus came late and they have been playing catch-up ever since.

But Turkington and his record race-winning team-mate Jason Plato are optimistic about Oulton, where they have both been successful in the past.

"We had a productive two days testing at Pembrey in Wales," explained Turkington. "It was the first opportunity we've had to put in some proper test miles and we made gains with the chassis and engine.

"The issues we had at Thruxton all appear to be sorted and the team have left no stone unturned to ensure that we take a good step forward. I can't wait to get back in the car now and see where we fall into the pack.

"I got some extra racing miles in various cars to make sure I'm as sharp as possible."

Racing, too, at Oulton will be UK Ginetta Scholarship winner Daniel Harper who will be keen to repeat his Donington performance where he won for the first time in just his fifth race.

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