Belfast Telegraph

Fast start for Colin Turkington in British Touring Car Championships

By Sammy Hamill

New team, new car and a return to front-wheel-drive techniques after nearly a decade, but it hasn't taken Colin Turkington long to find his feet.

The reigning British Touring Car champion won for the first time for his new BMR Volkswagen team in just race five of the 2015 season and has slotted into second place in the championship table.

Turkington won the BTCC title for a second time last season in West Surrey Racing's BMWs but had to find a new team following the loss of a major sponsor. His move to the unheralded BMR, along with arch-rival Jason Plato, was a surprise move but two of the most prolific winners in BTCC history have quickly shown the team's potential.

Plato won the first of yesterday's three races at Donington - his 89th victory - with Turkington, who had been on pole position, taking his second podium of the season in third place behind Honda's Gordon Sheddon.

In race two it was Turkington's turn, the Portadown driver powering past Sheddon on the opening lap and going on to take a comfortable win ahead of the Honda of Matt Neal and the Mercedes of Adam Morgan. Plato was fifth.

For the third race with its reversed grid format, Turkington started eighth, his Volkswagen CC loaded down with maximum 75 kgs of success ballast. He made it up to sixth at one point but a combination of the extra weight and having to run the unfavourable soft compound tyres gradually took their toll and he fell back to finish 11th.

Victory went to Neal who remains top of the BTCC standings but Turkington moved from fifth to second in the table. Andrew Jordan was second for MG with Sheddon third.

Meanwhile, Derek McGarrity had to settle for second place behind local man Alan Ring on the Circuit of Kerry Rally which was cut short after two spectators were injured and taken to hospital. Welshman Steve Wood completed an all-Subaru one-two-three and Omagh's Paddy McVeigh was sixth.

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