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Work still to do but Turkington 'Rocking' up for fight

 

By Sammy Hamill

Colin Turkington calls it "the business end of the season" and with just nine races left he has worked his way to the top of the British Touring Car standings.

A trio of podium finishes at Knockhill a fortnight ago saw the two-time champion from Portadown take the lead in the series for the first time this season, but he goes into this weekend's Rockingham races with just a four-point advantage over Subaru's Ash Sutton.

In fact, only 17 points -less than a race win - cover the top four, which also includes Gordon Sheddon (Honda) and Turkington's BMW team-mate Rob Collard. And with a total of 67 points on offer over the two days any one of the quartet could finish in front on Sunday evening.

But Turkington is looking forward to returning to the vast Rockingham complex, which was originally designed as an Indycar circuit and still includes part of the steep banking. He was a double race winner there in 2014 and has scored multiple podiums.

"Everything has been coming thick and fast in the past few weeks, but I enjoy the intensity at this stage of the season," he says.

Meanwhile, the UK Ginetta Junior Championship has been blown wide open ahead of three Rockingham rounds.

The suspension of leading team JHR Developments pending an investigation left two of Daniel Harper's major rivals, Sebastien Priaulx and Tom Gamble, scrambling to find new teams.

Priaulx, the series leader, and second placed Gamble have switched to HHC Motorsport and Elite Motorsport respectively, but the situation is hardly ideal with the duo of Kiern Jewiss and 16-year-old Harper, from Hillsborough, breathing down their necks.

Harper has scored more points than anyone else in the last two meetings, and with a stunning double win at Snetterton and a pair of podiums in Scotland he has moved from more than 80 points back to just 29 off the top.

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