Reigning British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington says winning the final reverse grid Silverstone race was 'crucial' to give himself once last of chance of defending his 2014 crown at the Brands Hatch season finale.

Turkington kept his hopes of winning a third title alive with a dominant fourth win of the season to keep the Team BMR driver within 32 points of championship leader Gordon Shedden and 9 of team mate Jason Plato.

The third race beautifully fell into place for Turkington after passing his former West Surrey Racing team mate Rob Collard in the early stages of the action.

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Turkington faced little to no opposition for the remainder of the afternoon as Collard was forced to defend his second position from Sam Tordoff for the majority of the race.

Speaking after the race, Turkington said he knew had to strike while the iron was hot against the BMW's from his extensive experience of driving the championship winning RWD machine.

"There's no easy win in this series," Turkington told "I'm obviously delighted to take the win as it was pretty crucial to keep myself in the hunt for the championship. The car was really good in that third race. We've struggled for balance all weekend but we managed to turn a corner for race three.

"I was pleased to deliver that sort of performance.

"I knew I had to strike early against the BMW. I've understeered into Brooklands for many years during the opening laps in a BMW so I knew where I was strong and that was a key moment of the race.

"I got my head down and I could see they were both [Collard and Tordoff] battling away but you can never be too confident because my car dropped off quite a bit in race two so I was just to manage things and get the car home."

This time last season, Turkington arrived at Brands Hatch on the cusp of winning his second title in the series while Plato - then driving for MG - was the only man standing in the way of spoiling the 33-year old's crown.

12 months on, the Volkswagen CC driver says the Team BMR duo - now as team mates - must work together in trying to stop Honda's Shedden in taking the glory.

"I guess we've been the two strongest packages all season and it's good that it's going down to the wire at Brands. It's going to be interesting and Jason's [Plato] is a fighter too, so he won't be giving up," Turkington continued.

"We're both going to be gunning to take points away from Gordon [Shedden]. There's not much point fighting between ourselves. We need to take it one race at a time and its Gordon we're going to try and hunt down. Maybe we can hunt in a pack, we'll see!"