Belfast Telegraph

Colin Turkington staying cool in bid to defend British title

Colin Turkington has his first win under his belt and sits second in the British Touring Car Championship but he says it is "early days" in his bid to retain the title.

He could hardly have imagined his switch to the front-wheel-drive Volkswagens of Team BMR could have brought such early success after being effectively ousted from his championship-winning West Surrey Racing BMW.

Six races into the new season, he is two points behind leader Matt Neal and has comfortably out-scored his team-mate and rival Jason Plato, who is fifth and 15 points behind.

But Turkington isn't "getting ahead" of himself and remains cautious as the championship moves to Thruxton, the fastest circuit in the BTCC calendar, this weekend.

"It's still early days," said the Portadown driver. "We don't know where the car is, we're still moving it forward, trying to score points. In this championship you can't win them all, you've just got to keep on fighting.

"I don't know how we'll go at Thruxton. We haven't had much of a run around there with the car and it's never an easy track. We'll keep grafting and see what happens."

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph