Colin Turkington says he is hopeful of warm conditions at Croft as he seeks to secure the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship points prior to the summer break.
In blistering conditions last time out at Oulton Park, the Team RAC driver took a double victory and briefly moved ahead of Matt Neal in the standings – only for the Vauxhall man to reclaim the championship advantage when Turkington failed to score in the final race of the weekend.
The pair head to Croft split by just two points in the standings, but Turkington said he felt that would give him a slight advantage going into the weekend given he will carry less ballast as a result.
"I'm not too disappointed to have dropped behind Matt in that race,” he said. “It means my car will have less success ballast than his in qualifying and race one and I see Croft being a more difficult circuit to carry the ballast.
"If it's another scorcher, like at Oulton, then I think we can be very competitive again but if it's cooler or there's a bit of drizzle then it could even things out. I won twice at Croft last year, in very wet and then damp conditions, so I'm sure the car will be competitive whatever the conditions. But how close to the sharp end you never can tell until everyone takes to the track."
Turkington sits in between Vauxhall drivers Neal and Fabrizio Giovanardi heading to the North East, but he said he didn't feel it was a three horse race for the title.
“Jason, Robert Collard and James Thompson are all pretty close as well and it's still early days,” he said. “Yes, we've had 12 races so far but there are still another 18 to go. It could all look very different after Croft this weekend. In particular I think Jason is looking really strong - it seems his Chevrolet is going to be competitive everywhere and he'll win more races.
"But results breed confidence. I feel I'm driving well but I don't feel over-confident. OK, I had a couple of cracking races at Oulton and you feel on top of the world when that happens but then you get a race like race three. It's important you learn how to ride the highs and the lows as well."