Belfast Telegraph

Turkington makes point in tough test

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington did his best but could only watch from behind as the BMWs in which he often dominated British Touring Car races at the Croft circuit in north Yorkshire again reigned supreme.

The two-time champion from Portadown has won 10 times at Croft, a track which has historically favoured the rear-wheel-drive BMWs and did so again yesterday as Turkington's old West Surrey Racing team won all three races.

But Turkington, now with the BMR team and in a front-wheel-drive Volkswagen CC, gathered valuable points with seventh in race one, where he dropped from fifth with a turbo issue, a third and a fourth.

He remains fifth in the championship standings, 34 points behind the new leader, Honda's Gordon Sheddon, heading into the summer break.

But Turkington remains upbeat, satisfied that he is getting to grips with the Volkswagen and looking forward to a strong second half of the season.

His old WSR team enjoyed a stellar day, all three drivers, Andy Priaulx, Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard, scoring a victory each; indeed they swept the podium in race one and took the top two places in race three.

Richard Lyons and his Hong Kong team-mate Frank Yu had a mixed weekend in the GT Asia series at Okayama in Japan, finishing down the field in race one but grabbing second place for the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin team in race two.

"Highs and lows," said the Hillsborough driver. "We didn't get the result we expected in race one but race two was much more exciting and after taking over from Frank in sixth place, I finished on the boot lid of the winning Bentley for our second podium of the season."

Jake Byrne strengthened his grip on the Northern Ireland Formula Ford championship with back-to-back wins at Kirkistown. But it wasn't all plain sailing for the young Dublin driver who qualified his Ray on pole position for race one only to mess up the start and drop to last place.

He flew through the field to grab the win by a 10th of a second ahead of Alan Davidson (Mondiale) with Adrian Pollock (Van Diemen) in third - only for the throttle cable to break after he crossed the line. Race two was more straight forward, Byrne taking the victory by four seconds with Davidson and Pollock again following him home.

Donagh Kelly added the Raven's Rock Rally to his impressive list of successes this year, winning by more than a minute in his Ford Focus from the Subaru's of Melvyn Evans and Alan Ring. Kelly has taken maximum points in every round of the Irish national series so far this season.

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