Darren Turner said it was the perfect result for SEAT after he joined team-mate Jason Plato on the front row of the grid for the latest rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone.
Turner had endured a tough start to the weekend when his Leon TDi returned to the pits in a cloud of smoke during the first free practice session with an oil leak in the turbo. With the car repaired, he went out to post the second quickest time in the second practice session and went into qualifying confident of building on form that has seen SEAT start first and second on the grid in every race since the summer break.
Having posted the fourth quickest time, Turner returned to the pits to allow the team to check over the car and with oil having been dropped on the track by the Vauxhall of the returning Erkut.
In the closing stages, Turner elected to head back out and having got himself onto the front row, it was a case of job done as he helped SEAT lock-out the front row for the fourth straight race weekend.
“FP1 didn't go to plan and then we had the issue with the car,” he told Crash.net
. “We were a bit surprised as we thought we would have been stronger, but it took us a bit longer than expected to get the car to work. It was better in FP2 and we were confident going into qualifying.
“JP put a good lap in and I was fourth, then I went out late on to see if I could improve and went second. People had been going quicker on the their second flying lap but I came in after the first one when I'd got on the front row as I didn't want to take the bonus point off Jason.
“For the team, it's the perfect result.”