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Oulton Park: Turkington hopeful of converting 'landmark' pole

Although admitting his 'landmark' maiden pole position for Subaru came as a bit of a surprise, Colin Turkington believes he's in good shape of converting that success today.
Double British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington is hopeful of guiding Subaru to yet another 'landmark' result during today's three Oulton Park races after already clinching the Levorg's first ever pole position in qualifying.

Turkington's 15th pole position in the series sent shockwaves down the paddock after the Subaru squad successfully bounced back from the disappointment of the previous Thruxton round.

The Ulsterman seized the initiative early in the 30-minute Saturday shootout and while many threatened to dethrone his time from the top, Turkington - even somewhat to his surprise - managed to hold on by 0.019s ahead of rookie sensation Daniel Lloyd.

"It was a great day for us yesterday to get pole position. The first pole position for Subaru is a landmark. I was really pleased but also a little bit surprised because I didn't expect us to be just as competitive," Turkington told Crash.net.

"The times are extremely close. I'm on pole so I've given myself the best chance for today. The package is improving all the time."

Although the Subaru package still appears to be lacking venom with straight-line speed performance, Turkington said a highly productive test at Pembrey - evolving both reliability and performance running - has benefited the Levorg.

"It's a big turnaround from not racing at Thruxton to being at pole Oulton Park. It shows a really good sign of progress. We had our first test with the car down at Pembrey last week and made some gains there. It's all moving in the right direction," Turkington continued.

"It was a bit of both. The priority was ensuring reliability but once we had that under control we started working on the chassis. We improved every bit really.

"Straight-line speed definitely isn't our strength at the moment. We need to keep working on that side. The whole is package is moving forward but we need to keep improving the car and the engine."

While admitting leading from the front will be knew territory for Subaru, Turkington remains confident over the race pace of his RWD Levorg.

"We'll have to wait and see. It's new territory for us to lead from the front. The car was good even through free practice so we should have a good race car," said Turkington.

"Historically this is a good place for RWD cars. Hopefully that will work to our advantage.

"It's quite a step forward from our previous efforts so far. I'm just getting more familiar with the car. It just gets easier to drive so naturally you become more confident."





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