Despite Thruxton being regarded as one of the weaker circuits for the BMW 320si, Colin Turkington enjoyed 'one of his best' BTCC races in Hampshire to secure his first win of the 2009 season.
Turkington had qualified strongly in fifth place but was blocked in at the start of race one and unable to make the most of the starting prowess of the rear-wheel drive car. However, he managed to battle his way past the Chevrolet of Jason Plato and took the flag in fourth, securing his second Independent win of the year.
The Northern Irishman jumped ahead of Andrew Jordan at the start of race two and then broke away from the chasing pack along with Vauxhall pair Fabrizio Giovanardi and Matt Neal.
A brave move at Church saw him take second from Neal and on the final lap, he was able to make the most of a slight error from Giovanardi to get ahead of the defending champion and secure victory.
Forced to start from tenth for race three and with maximum ballast on board, Turkington had to settle for ninth place but he was left delighted with his results from the weekend.
“We have been strong throughout the weekend here at Thruxton,” he said. “Team RAC has come away scoring in each round and personally, I am thrilled with my performances.
“Race two was definitely one of my best races. The pace was extremely rapid from the start but in the last four or five laps, I felt I had the advantage. The Vauxhall's are always difficult to pass, but the BMW felt very good in the corners and it was great to get the win for the team.”
Despite another somewhat controversial coming together with Rob Collard in the opening race, team-mate Stephen Jelley continued his solid start to the new season as he picked up his best points haul from a weekend with three top-ten finishes.
“At what is supposedly our worst track in the BTCC, it is a massive boost to secure my best points tally for a race weekend,” he said. “I'm looking forward to racing at my home circuit, Donington. I can see the Team RAC BMW being strong again.”