Belfast Telegraph

Colin Turkington's touring car title hopes in a spin at Knockhill

By Sammy Hamill

It was nearly a very good day for Colin Turkington in the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill but in the end he lost ground in the points standings and came away disappointed.

The two-time champion from Portadown might have won two of the three races but instead had to settle for third and fourth places before a collision in the final race saw his Subaru spin out.

Turkington qualified fifth fastest for a weekend in which his team-mate Jason Plato celebrated his 500th BTCC appearance by claiming pole position before going on to win the opening race.

The BMW of Jack Goff was second with Turkington a close-up third.

Race two was just as tight with Honda's Matt Neal taking the win ahead of Sam Tordoff's BMW with a frustrated Turkington denied a chance to challenge the leaders by the defensive Plato.

Starting third in race three, Turkington immediately moved in to challenge the leading Ford of Mat Jackson and Rob Collard's BMW but the move ended in disaster, the Subaru and the BMW tangling and both cars spinning out.

Jackson went on to win ahead of Tordoff with Plato taking third place again. Turkington slipped from fifth to sixth in the table, now 48 points behind Tordoff.

Meanwhile, Charlie Eastwood continued his impressive form in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with two more second place finishes at Knockhill.

The Porsche scholarship rookie from Belfast tracked championship leader Dan Cammish in both races to retain his third place in the series.

But there was trouble for Daniel Harper in the UK Ginetta junior championship where he and was penalised for a jump start in the first of three rounds at the Scottish circuit. The 15-year-old finished third but both he and winner Seb Priaulx were penalised for jump starts. Harper went on to finish third and ninth in the other two races.

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