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Turkington: There’s nothing nice in being turned around

Colin Turkington frustrated by contact that hits hopes his hopes of a BTCC win at Snetterton
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.”



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Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic and Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport collide and crash
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic and Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport collide and crash
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic and Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport collide and crash
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic and Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport collide and crash
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic and Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport collide and crash
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic and Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport collide and crash
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic and Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport collide and crash
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Honda Civic and Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport collide and crash
Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport
Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport
Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport
Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport
Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport
Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport
Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport
Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport
Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport
Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport

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Slagheap

August 06, 2013 6:25 PM

The Jordan move was marginal as Colin was closing the door on the straight, but Shedden should have been penalised as he came from such a long way back couldnt stop his car enough to avoid hitting the rear quarter of the bmw. Shedden ruined Turkingtons race and should have gained some form of penalty. This rubbing is racing thing ruins good motorsport, and Toca have a few questions to answer really.

FVA47

August 06, 2013 11:28 PM

The MSA are continually harping on about driving standards in Grassroots racing and Karting yet appear to do nothing when it occurs at this level. What kind of message does this send to the younger drivers. Was the Clerk of the Course at Snetterton too frightened or intimidated to see or do anything about this incident, or was he too slow in dealing with it! MSA, sort your priorities and penalties out!!!!!



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