Colin Turkington has played down expectations that he will become the first person to wrap up a British Touring Car Championship title before the final round since 1997, suggesting it is more likely the 2014 title battle will go down to the wire.

The West Surrey Racing eBay Motors driver has been the model of consistency in BTCC this season having won on eight occasions and finished outside of the top six in just four of the last 24 races, performances that have put him 55 points clear of Jason Plato with two rounds remaining.

His success means Turkington has moved himself into a good position to wrap up the title before the Brands Hatch finale in October, provided he can out-score Plato by 12 points at Silverstone this weekend.

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Should he go ahead and win the title this weekend, he will become the first driver since Alain Menu in 1997 to win the BTCC before the final event of the season. Even so, the man himself doesn't believe it will happen yet.

"We think it is likely to go down to the wire at Brands Hatch for the final event but with the team doing such a fine job with the BMWs then anything is possible at Silverstone.

"I'm expecting a huge challenge from the chasing pack at Silverstone," concluded Colin. "If we can get the job done there then great, but realistically I am planning and prepared to do battle at both Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

"You can never take anything for granted and I can assure you that both the team and I remain fully focused and committed to the job in hand. We hope we can do it, we believe we can do it, now we've got to make it happen."