Colin Turkington admitted he was frustrated at twice being knocked out of the lead during the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton.
The eBay Motors man went into the weekend buoyed by his double win the previous event at Croft, and qualified in a solid fifth place in his NGTC-spec BMW.
Having taken fourth in the opening race, Turkington worked his way up to second place at the start of race two and inherited the lead when Jason Plato
was slowed by mechanical issues.
Despite huge pressure from Andy Jordan behind, Turkington held the lead until contact from his rival forced him wide heading onto the back straight, leaving he 2009 champion to finish back in sixth.
A rocket start in race three then saw Turkington again take the lead from the second row of the grid, only for further contact – this time from Gordon Shedden
at Agostini – to again put his car into spin.
Again restricted to a sixth place finish, Turkington admitted to being frustrated by the missed opportunities he encountered on race day.
“We knew our car wasn't the quickest here, but we found ourselves out front in two of the races and I knew I would have to defend hard to try and keep my position,” he said. “However, on both occasions, people have driven into me in order to get ahead and there is nothing fun in leading the race and then losing eight places because you've been turned around.
“If you'd told me before the start of the day that I'd have three top six finishes then I would have taken it, but to have been taken out of the lead twice is frustrating and has turned the weekend into something of a missed opportunity for us.”