Colin Turkington insists he won't be taking it easy through the second half of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship as the Team RAC driver looks to maintain his lead at the head of the standings.

Turkington heads to Snetterton this weekend with a lead of 25 points over Matt Neal in the title race, having enjoyed a fine run of four wins in six races prior to the summer break.

That took his tally for the season to five wins but the Northern Irishman insisted he had no intention of taking it easy through the second half of the year.

"It's a bit too early yet to start cruising for points," he said. "We are still only half way through the season and I see no point in taking my foot off the pedal and getting all conservative.

"Besides, there are still too many people in the frame. We'll keep attacking the same way as we have since the start of the season as it seems to be a tactic that's working well for us."

Turkington - a double Independents' champion - finds himself being chased by three past BTCC champions in the shape of Neal, Fabrizio Giovanardi and Jason Plato and he said he was sure they wouldn't make it easy as he chases his maiden crown.

"I'm sure with all their experience each will be trying everything in his power to win it for himself," he said. "But they were once in my position, under pressure to win it for the first time and they all managed it.

"There's no reason for them to start ganging up on me together - they are all in it for themselves."


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