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Triumphant Colin Turkington left frustrated by team-mate's error

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington racked up win number 11 at Croft in the British Touring Car Championship, but it might have been more only for his BMR Subaru team-mate Jason Plato.

Turkington followed on from his victory at Oulton Park by qualifying on pole position at the Yorkshire circuit and led race one from start to finish with Plato in second place.

The double champion from Portadown was beaten off the line by Plato in race two but quickly regained the lead only for his team-mate to barge him into a spin in a rash overtaking attempt. The collision allowed Rob Collard to dive through into a lead which he held to the end of the race as Plato and Turkington followed him home.

A less than pleased Turkington bit his lip, but still said: "It wasn't what we had agreed and it cost the team another one-two finish." He had reason to complain, too, in a rain-hit, door-bashing race three where he started sixth but quickly jumped to third before being rammed by the race-winning MG of Ashley Sutton. And in a frantic finish he was elbowed off the track at the final corner, dropping from fifth to seventh.

Croft proved a bitter-sweet experience for Daniel Harper who took two podium places in the UK Ginetta Junior Championship, but saw his chance of a second win in the series spoiled by an early incident in race three which involved his Douglas Motorsport team-mate Stuart Middleton and two other cars.

Harper, just 15, had been third in race one, second in race two but relegated to ninth in race three.

Charlie Eastwood continued his good form in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with fourth place in race one and eighth in race two.

Meanwhile, Porsche snatched a dramatic last gasp win in the Le Mans 24 Hour race when the leading Toyota slowed to a stop with less than five minutes remaining.

So victory went to Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb with the number two Toyota in second with Audi taking third.

Jonny Kane and his Strakka team-mates Danny Watts and Nick Leventis finished eighth overall, fourth in LMP2 and Adam Carroll completed his first Le Mans in 33rd place, fifth in the GTE/Am in his Gulf Porsche.

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