Belfast Telegraph

Triple podium by Turkington sees him move into top spot

By Sammy Hamill

Ulster drivers piled up a plethora of podium places at Knockhill in Scotland to ramp their challenges for a trio of British championships.

Only Charlie Eastwood made it onto the top step to increase his advantage at the head of the GB Porsche Carrera Cup standings, but three third places took Colin Turkington into the lead in the British Touring Car Championship and Daniel Harper consolidated his fourth position in the UK Ginetta Junior series with a third and a second.

On a day when his Team BMW 125i couldn't quite match the pace of the Subarus he used to drive, Turkington said he was happy to leave the roller coaster Knockhill circuit with a big haul of points and leader of the BTCC series for the first time this season.

"It shows you don't have to win all the time to pile up the points and I'm satisfied with how the day worked out," said the former two-time champion from Portadown. "Mind you, I'm just four points in front so there is a lot of hard work to do to stay ahead."

In the first two races Turkington couldn't compete with the Subarus of Jason Plato and Ash Sutton who took win apiece but he held off the challenge of his BMW team-mate Rob Collard each time to claim the last place on the podium.

Starting from eighth place on the reverse grid for race three he fought his way up to third and finished on the tail of Gordon Sheddon's Honda as Tom Ingram won from the second row for the Speedworks Toyota team.

Fellow Ulsterman Chris Smylie produced his best result of the season with 14th place for the Norlin Chevrolet team in race two.

Eastwood, meanwhile, was involved in two hectic Porsche races, taking second place behind champion Dan Cammish in the first of them and then leading from pole position to the chequered flag in race two.

Eastwood has stretched his lead to 13 points over Dino Zamparelli with an unhappy Cammish third, 31 points adrift.

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