Team BMW’s Colin Turkington has said preparations for the second half of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) have been running smoothly as he chases a record-breaking fifth Drivers’ crown.
Turkington climbed to third place in the standings on 183 points at Croft last month before the series entered its traditional four-week summer break.
The Portadown man used the free time to regain fitness following an accident at Oulton Park in early June that left him with whiplash, and participate in a Goodyear tyre test at Snetterton.
The Championship resumes at Knockhill in Scotland this weekend – one of Turkington’s favourite tracks. He has podiumed there a remarkable 18 times and gave the West Surrey Racing squad a century of BTCC victories around the 1.27-mile circuit last season.
“Our two-day test was a positive outing with stable but hot conditions,” he said.
“With such limited track time at the events, you never get the time to test more radical setup changes. It was great to dedicate the days for learning. I am buzzing to get the second half of the season underway and with some good fortune, I feel like the best is yet to come.
“Those four weeks from Croft have flown by, especially with the test at Snetterton, but it feels great to have had a little bit of rest,” added Turkington, who will have three seconds of hybrid boost available to him per qualifying lap today and then for sixteen of tomorrow’s first twenty-four lap battle.
“Between now and the end of August there will be three race weekends, so it is important to kick off the second half with good spirit and a positive test session under our belt. I am happy to report my neck has taken a huge step forward and honestly do not see it being an issue from here on.
“Knockhill is one of my favourite four circuits on the calendar. It is non-stop from start to finish and gives plenty of chances to overtake. Hybrid deployment should make a difference out of the final hairpin and up the hill to the first corner, so we could see a bit more of a shake up in the races.”
Free Practice One and Two are set to take place today at 9.45am and 12.15pm before the focus turns to qualifying (3.30pm-4pm) to determine grid positions for Sunday’s opening race (12.08pm).