Colin Turkington arrives at Thruxton for rounds seven, eight and nine of the British Touring Car Championship buoyed by the “confident energy” within the West Surrey Racing team.
With the input of his engineers, Turkington recovered from a lacklustre opening weekend at Donington Park last month to seal his first pole position, fastest lap, and victory of the season in the third and final race of the day at the Brands Hatch Indy track a fortnight ago.
Combined with his other results that day, the four-time champion has managed to elevate himself to fifth position in the standings.
Tom Ingram of EXCELR8 Motorsport is currently the man everyone is trying to catch on 92 points, with Josh Cook his closest pursuer on 84 and reigning champion Ash Sutton a further 13 points in arrears. Despite being on the back foot initially, Turkington believes things are now starting to fall into place for him.
“I have had some fantastic results and shown really good pace so far, despite the rub of the green not going our way,” said Turkington, who will have 4.5 seconds of hybrid boost for each qualifying lap to call on across the half-hour session tomorrow.
“I have been working harder than ever on my own performance and my car feels a step forward from last year. We really showed this at Brands Hatch — I have never had a pole around the Indy Circuit before — and our Race Three pace in the wet was unmatched.
“This all adds up to building confidence in decision making and a confident energy in the team.”
Turkington capped off a productive pre-season test programme at Thruxton in less-than-optimal conditions back in April, yet the BMW driver was comfortably in the ballpark aboard his 330e M Sport saloon. And with six races under his belt, Turkington — like the rest of the BTCC gird — is now better informed about how to get the best out of the Cosworth Electronics-developed hybrid energy system. All told, he hopes this will prove to be a recipe for success in each of Sunday’s 16 lap battles.
“It will be interesting to see how much the extra power impacts the performances and where is best to utilise it,” he said. “This circuit is already one of the higher speed venues that we visit, so there will be considerably more options to deploy hybrid power than what we had at Brands.
“We head to Thruxton with a positive spring in our step. The competition is so close, and every margin over the others is more crucial than ever.”