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Colin Turkington helps Subaru get off the mark with stunning win

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington made his own piece of motorsport history at Oulton Park yesterday, scoring the first-ever victory for Subaru in the British Touring Car Championship.

The Japanese marque has a distinguished record in rallying but not in touring cars - until now. In a remarkable turnaround after a troubled start to the season, Turkington qualified his BMR Subaru Levorg on pole position for the first time and showed all his ability as a double BTCC champion to take a lights-to-flag win in the first of three races.

It was close to the start of the season when the BMR team elected to switch from Volkswagen to Subaru and they have struggled to bring the all-new cars up to speed.

But all that changed at Oulton where Turkington dominated the opening race with his team-mate Jason Plato third behind the West Surrey BMW of Sam Tordoff. "This result is good for me, but it's even better for all the BMR guys who have put in so much hard work and until now got nothing back," he said.

"We know there's more work to do and race two will be a step into the unknown as we've never carried any weight before, so I'm not so sure the next one will be quite as easy…"

He was right. Weighed down by 'success ballast' from his first race win, Turkington was beaten off the line by Tordoff who pulled away to win comfortably with the two Subarus following him over the finish line.

Starting in sixth place behind Plato on the reverse grid for race three, Turkington followed his team-mate throughout the race until the final corner where he was nudged out by the BMW of Rob Collard as Matt Neale took the win for Honda ahead of Tordoff, the new championship leader.

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