Darren Turner admitted he was frustrated with race day at Silverstone after the penultimate rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship yielded just a single points finish.
Turner had qualified on the second row of the grid and, having lost out to Steven Kane at the start, was quickly back into second place behind SEAT team-mate Jason Plato. Although he lost position to Mat Jackson before the finish, Turner was still able to bring home a solid third place.
Things started to go wrong for Turner however at the start of race two, with contact from Fabrizio Giovanardi coming through the right-hander at Luffield forcing the SEAT off across the gravel. Although Turner rejoined down the pack, he was then forced into retirement when he slid off at Brooklands and hit the stationary Honda of Michael Doyle, who had gone off into the gravel seconds earlier.
Forced to start from the back in race three as a result, Turner elected to gamble on tyres by pitting at the end of the green flag lap to put slicks on the front, but with the circuit not drying out, he struggled to 19th place at the finish, a lap down on the leaders.
"Saturday, as ever, was great, with a fantastic qualifying session for the team, and race one was perfect,” he said. “Jason got the win and I got third and minimised how many points Giovanardi scored with a good team strategy.
“Race two was very short and very disappointing. I got fired off the track by Giovanardi on the opening lap and from where I was sitting it seemed very unnecessary, and for me that put paid to race two. We were going to start race three from eighteenth on the grid, but the rain had stopped and had it been at any other circuit it might have been the right decision to come into the pits at the end of the green flag lap and change to front slicks, but the track never dried. I was lapped by half the field and it was a waste of time being out on the track; but at the time we thought it might pay off, but it didn't work.
“Race day started well and deteriorated after that, but I'll take what positives I can from this weekend; we qualified well, race one was great and we worked extremely well as a team."