Belfast Telegraph

Colin Turkington drops to fourth after torrid time

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington always knew it was going to be difficult at Knockhill. He was victorious in the past at the Scottish circuit but in the rear-wheel-drive BMWs which work well around the undulating track.

Now on board a front-wheel-drive Volkswagen CC, the reigning British Touring Car champion would have been content with three point-scoring finishes.

But it didn't work out and he finds himself down from second to fourth in the standings after a bruising day which saw three different winners.

As feared, Knockhill proved a stark contrast to the previous three races at the fast sweeping turns of Snetteron where Turkington won twice and BMR recorded a first all-Volkswagen podium.

Only ninth fastest in qualifying, Turkington struggled to 10th in race one but still closed to within 10 points of championship leader Jason Plato who finished well down the field. Rob Collard, in one of the West Surrey BMWs Turkington used to drive, was the winner ahead of Mat Jackson (Ford) and Andy Priaulx (BMW).

Starting seventh in race two, the Portadown driver was up to sixth and on course for good points when he was hit from behind by another of the BMWs, the collision breaking the Volkswagen's rear suspension and forcing it into retirement. Local hero Gordon Sheddon won for Honda with Collard second and Jackson third.

For race three, Turkington was at the back of the grid but battled his way to 15th, and the final championship point, as Matt Neal took a second win for Honda after a last lap pass on the Mercedes of Adam Morgan. Priaulx was third.

BMR team-mate Plato also had a torrid day, sixth in race three his best result, but he remains top of the standings although Sheddon and Neal have closed up ahead of Turkington who is 28 points behind with nine races remaining.

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