British Touring Car Championship leader Colin Turkington says he's not about to ease off the pedal in his quest for the title despite hitting drama last time out at Knockhill.

eBay Motors driver Turkington clashed inadvertently with MG's Jason Plato whilst attempting to recover ground lost with a grid penalty in the first of three races at Knockhill, sending the BMW 1-Series machine into the gravel and retirement.

On the back foot, the 2009 BTCC-champion, then relentlessly scythed his way back up the order in the final two-races to finish on the podium in race three - refusing to relinquish any momentum in the title-chase.

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"It was a real roller coaster of a weekend at Knockhill," Turkington told "Obviously things were made more difficult with the grid penalty after qualifying. Was really frustrated in race one not to finish and to be pushed off.

"But in the end that's what you get at Knockhill, it's such a tight course and when you try and get three or four cars into a corner, we lost out. The positive thing was we were able to bounce back really well. What started as a pretty difficult day ended quite positively."

Able to preserve his comfortable, if not substantial 23 point lead over Honda's Gordon Shedden, Turkington believes a change in approach to his race-craft would ultimately work against his favour in an ultra-competitive field.

"BTCC is all about wheel-to-wheel action, you can't shy away from that. When you take your foot off the pedal or try to be a bit more complacent, you get shuffled back through the pack. You have to keep charging forward. It's not easy to do to always push forward and stay out of the trouble at the same time, but that's the name of the game.

"At the moment my 23 point lead is nice, but you can see how quickly it can disappear. I have to keep attacking because there are so many strong teams and drivers out there; you have to push to the limit to stay out in front."

Heading forward to Rockingham this weekend the Ulsterman is optimistic his WSR-prepared BMW should prove to a potent force, but admits predicting a concrete outcome on their fortunes would be unrealistic.

"I think it's going to be really competitive again this weekend. We'll be at the sharp end like we have been so far this year," says Turkington.

"I just find it so difficult to predict a race weekend. You never know who's going to turn up pace-wise and who you're going to have to battle with because there are a lot of quick cars now, particularly as all the teams are developing towards the end of the season.

"It's going to be another weekend where we're going to have to fight to get the results. I don't it expect it to be easy by any means."