Darren Turner rebounded from a difficult start to race day at Knockhill to pick up his second win of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season at the Scottish venue.
The SEAT Sport UK man qualified on pole position at the circuit where he won twice last season, but playing the team game, he allowed Jason Plato to take the lead off the start. However, Turner was then hit by Tom Onslow-Cole coming through SEAT Curve and Leslie's which forced him to run wide and slip down the order.
Making the most of the strength of the Leon TDi, Turner battled back into the top ten but was then forced to retire from the race when contact with Tom Chilton at Carlube Corner saw him spin off into the tyre wall.
Starting from the back as a result for race two, Turner made steady progress up the order into the points and looked well placed for a top six finish when he challenged Colin Turkington for position at the Hairpin in the closing laps. However, when the BMW driver forced Turner wide across the gravel exiting the corner, he slipped back to eighth place.
The saving grace for Turner was that the reverse grid draw put him on the front row for the final race and, having jumped ahead of Andy Jordan off the line, he was able to control the race from the front to take victory ahead of Rob Collard.
"Saturday went to plan to have both cars on the front row but my role at the moment is to help the team and Jason to get as many points as possible," he told Crash.net
. "From the word go, the idea was to blend in behind and let Jason lead and do a defensive job. Tom [Onslow-Cole] had other ideas and got into the side of me and fired me off into turn three and it was really disappointing as it should have been a good race and a 1-2. Then I dropped back to 14th or 15th and had a big scrap with Tom [Chilton] that ended with me in the wall, but that was 50/50 and one of those things.
"Race two was fun coming through the field until the final laps. I had a run on Colin and he decided I should be in the gravel which was disappointing. The final race was great though. Andrew didn't get a good start from pole and I slotted into the lead and was able to pace myself. At one stage I tried to back them up a bit behind me but when Jason was fired out, it was a case of pushing on again to take the win."
Turner now heads to Silverstone looking to build on his win and he admitted that the Leon should run strongly in the penultimate meeting of the year.
"We as a team have been surprised with how we performed at Knockhill but Silverstone on paper is a good circuit for us,” he said. “If we get the set-up working well and maximise what we have, we should be good there."