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Donington Park: Turkington: Top-ten shows signs of Subaru progress

Subaru Team BMR continue to progress as Colin Turkington secures the Levorg's first ever top-ten result during the BTCC race at Donington Park.
Double British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington feels his top-ten finish gained during the first race at Donington Park is proof that Subaru Team BMR are heading in the right direction with the brand new Levorg.

Turkington was the only Subaru driver to register any points over the Donington weekend after securing the Levorg's first ever top-ten finish, at just the fourth time of asking.

However, the 34-year old found himself at the wrong place, at the wrong time during race two and was forced into an early retirement from the resulting contact.

"It was a pretty difficult day. It was good to get our first top-ten finish with the car and get a few more points. We ran into a few issues in race two having got a puncture as a result of the debris and getting mixed up in someone else's accident," Turkington told Crash.net.

"It would have been good to have finished the race so we could have learned more with the car but we were able to make a bit of progress in race three on soft tyre. It was good to do another race distance and gain more information."

Although Turkington doesn't feel the Subaru is quite top-ten material, at this stage of the development, his qualifying performance amidst the treacherous conditions on Saturday showcased the potential of the Levorg's chassis.

The 36-time race winner had featured as high as third at one point in the session before later falling to a still highly commendable eleventh by the end of qualifying.

"Obviously we want a lot more than a top-ten but it shows signs of progress and it's also twice where I've qualified just outside the top-ten. On true pace, I don't think that's really where we are at the moment but we're certainly targeting to be there more consistently," the Subaru driver continued.

"I was really pleased with the car in the wet. The car was responding well and gripping well so that definitely tells us we're not a million miles away with the chassis."

Vitally, during this development phase for Subaru, Turkington says the Levorg reacts positively to any changes made to the RWD challenger.

"The car hasn't given me any bother. It's ran very reliably but it's so easy to get caught up in trouble when you're running in the middle of the pack. We've made a step forward since Brands Hatch and learnt quite a bit," Turkington explained.

"The car is reacting positively to changes. We can really feel what's going on. The base of something good is definitely there.

"We're dampening the negatives down. It's just about getting a better understanding with the car. We're just going through a development process. It's a development year so there's no quick fix."




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