Belfast Telegraph

Turkington is striving to bounce back

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington will put the disappointment of Knockhill behind him and look to get the defence of his British Touring Car title back on track at Rockingham this weekend.

The BTCC's annual trip to the tight, undulating circuit in Scotland provided, as Turkington feared, his worst points return of this year's series, dropping the Portadown driver down to fourth in the championship standings.

He is now 28 points behind his BMR team-mate Jason Plato, the leader, with nine races remaining.

But Rockingham, the Indy-style circuit in the Midlands, is where he struck two crucial blows in his charge to the 2014 title, scoring back-to-back wins in his West Surrey Racing BMW.

Now, of course, he is on board a Volkswagen CC and although he feels Rockingham's combination of banked corners and a twisty in-field section isn't ideally suited to the front-wheel-drive VW, he is confident of a strong performance.

"We tested at Rockingham in July and we made progress with the car. It is a big help when you can go to a track for the second time. Knockhill was difficult because it was our first time there with the car and if you have one big problem, it is difficult to get round it in the weekend," he explained.

"Rockingham may not play to all of our strengths like some other circuits but I'm confident it won't be as bad as it was for us at Knockhill.

"Anything can still happen in this championship. It only takes one bad race for things to turn around so I am hoping that we can bounce back this weekend to keep ourselves in contention heading into the final rounds."

Qualifying is on Saturday with all three races live on ITV4, starting at 11.30am on Sunday.

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