Colin Turkington says he is ready for the challenge of the Snetterton 300 circuit as he prepares to make his BTCC debut on the layout this weekend.
While the 2009 title winner has won at the Norfolk circuit in the past, that win came before the venue underwent extensive redevelopment work – all of which was carried out during his time away from the series.
As such, he has yet to compete at the longest circuit on the calendar although he was able to try out the layout during last month's two-day Dunlop tyre test.
“We had the two-day test at Snetterton recently so I'm not going into the weekend blind, but at the same time, it will be a slightly more difficult weekend because of the changes that have been made since I last raced at Snetterton back in 2009,” the eBay Motors man said. “There is probably two-thirds of the circuit that is either new or has been changed, which will have an impact on how I go about setting up the car and will also alter how I approach each lap.
“When you have raced at a circuit for so long, you become something of a specialist and know exactly where you need to brake, where you need to turn in, and where you can gain the extra few tenths needed for a quick lap.
“When the circuit is then changed, you have to almost forget what you know because it is no longer relevant. In that respect, it's almost more difficult than going to a completely new circuit, because at least then, you are working from a clean sheet of paper.”
Turkington will be aiming to try and add to the double win he took at Croft to roar back into championship contention and he said he was hopeful of a strong showing on track, even if a repeat of his Croft double may be hard to achieve.
“Croft is probably the best circuit for the BMW so we expected to go well there,” he said. “I don't think Snetterton is as well suited to the car, but I believe we can have a good weekend and fight towards the front.
“We went well during testing and if conditions go in our favour, I think we'll have a strong race car. I'm not sure if we'll have the one lap pace to go for pole, but from what we learned in testing, we should have a car that performs strongly when it really matters.”