Colin Turkington admitted he was thrilled to secure his first win in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship since 2009 after securing victory at Donington Park.
Turkington has returned to the series for the first time since his title winning campaign this season and went into the Donington weekend eager to build on an encouraging debut in his new eBay Motors BMW 125i M-Sport at Brands Hatch.
The Northern Irish racer qualified eighth quickest and took eighth and ninth place finishes in the first two races, which meant he ended up on the front row for race three thanks to the reverse grid draw.
Running on the soft compound Dunlop tyre, Turkington jumped ahead of poleman Tom Onslow-Cole
when the lights went out and then led the third race in its entirety to secure his first victory of the campaign and the first for the new NGTC-spec BMW.
“Obviously I'm delighted with the result of the final race,” he said. “I knew that the start was going to be critical and that if I got into the lead, I could try and break away from the cars behind. That's exactly what I managed to do, and it was fantastic to get the win.
“This is a great reward for the guys who have worked so hard over the past six months to get the three cars built and ready for this season and I feel we've made a step forward this weekend. Hopefully this victory can be a springboard for us.”
Team-mate's Rob Collard
and Nick Foster endured more difficult weekends, with contact in races two and three limiting him to a brace of twelfth place finishes as his best results from the weekend and Foster taking a best finish of 15th in the final race.
While admitting that the pair had been unfortunate on track over the course of the weekend, team boss Dick Bennetts said he was pleased to see Turkington take the WSR-run outfits first victory of the campaign.
“We thought a podium was possible in the final race from the front row, so to get a victory in just the sixth race for the car is great,” he said. “The reality is that we have been doing our testing programme in public in front of everyone, but we are now starting to get a better understanding of the NGTC car. It was unfortunate for Rob and Nick today but the three drivers are all doing a good job and we are making progress. The whole team has worked really hard to get to this point, and I want to thank them for it.”