Belfast Telegraph

Colin Turkington is turning up heat in British title race

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington is up to second place and right in the thick of the battle for the British Touring Car Championship.

Two victories from two pole positions from yesterday's three races at the Snetterton circuit in east Anglia saw the reigning champion from Portadown close to within 16 points of the series leader, his BMR Volkswagen team-mate Jason Plato.

And at Mondello, Jonny McMullan added to his growing list of successes by winning the Vivion Daly Trophy in the Formula Ford feature race at the Naas circuit.

Turkington's profitable weekend at Snetterton started with a stunning fastest lap in qualifying on Saturday, earning him pole position for yesterday's first race ahead of his BMR team-mates Aaron Smith and Plato. He made the most of his front-row start, steadily pulling away to take an assured victory in an historic 1-2-3 finish for the BMR team.

He also set the fastest lap which gave him pole position for race two and again he led from lights to flag, this time winning ahead of the Mercedes of Adam Morgan and the BMW of Andy Priaulx with Plato fourth.

However, the victories meant Turkington had to carry maximum ballast of 75kg in race three and he struggled to stay with the leading group, finishing seventh as MG's Jack Goff won for the first time ahead of Plato and Priaulx.

With Honda's Gordon Sheddon having a disastrous day, Plato takes over at the top but Turkington is right on his heels.

Meanwhile, Young Driver of the Year McMullan, after taking third place behind Robert Barrable and Jake Byrne in the opening FF1600 race at Mondello, turned the tables in the main Daly Trophy race to take victory.

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