5 August 2014
Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit: Turkington elated as BTCC points lead grow
Colin Turkington: They're all big days and there are plenty of points on offer. But today (Sunday) we got a pretty big haul and that's' what is important.
BTCC championship leader Colin Turkington leaves Snetterton with a healthy 23-point lead over Honda's Gordon Shedden following a trio of podium finishes.
Following his first, and so far only non-finish Croft's final race, Turkington had initially arrived at Norfolk with just an eight-point lead ahead of the 2012-champion Shedden. But two seconds and third has seen the WSR man comfortably re-establish his advantage.
Turkington, under normal circumstances, was the only man able to mount a challenge against Jason Plato's searing MG pace despite admitting to crash.net earlier in the weekend that matching the Triple Eight machine would be a tall order.
The 2009 BTCC-champion says, given his previous struggles at Snetterton with the 1 Series, the weekend's points haul could prove a vital weapon in clinching his second title.
“Yeah, any time you hit the podium three times is a good weekend,” Turkington told crash.net. “We had a good car and really managed to improve it over the weekend as well. This could be a key event for us because it's a track we found difficult last year, so it's great to be running at the front and scoring strong points.
“We really improved the car in that second race, we picked up good performance and got fastest lap. We try not to stand still but to improve and go faster, we're in good shape.”
Turkington's weekend, however, wasn't completely trouble free. In yet another ferocious reversed grid race three the eBay BMW driver found himself right in the thick of the action, most prominently with Honda's Matt Neal.
After a series of laps, where the 32-year old tried to manufacture an opening on Neal, the pair touched heading into the Montreal hairpin, which sent the Civic Tourer into a spin.
Turkington, later receiving an eight-place grid penalty for Knockhill and two-points on license, said it wasn't a race he particularly enjoyed, given the fragility of his championship lead.
“It was a super race, really bumper-to-bumper and nobody was giving an inch but I can't say I enjoyed it, as it was pretty intense,” Turkington continued.
“They're all big days in the championship and there are plenty of points on offer. But today (Sunday) we got a pretty big haul and that's' what is important.”
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