Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Turkington: I've got nothing to lose!

Colin Turkington: It's a big point's gap to swing. 10 points in one race with the weight will be a critical factor.
Subaru's Colin Turkington still feels he's too far back to claim this season's British Touring Car Championship despite taking a brace of victories prior to the decider at Brands Hatch.

The former double BTCC champion led home a Subaru one-two finish ahead of Jason Plato to secure his second win of the day, which has moved Turkington to within ten points of championship leader Sam Tordoff.

Turkington initially enjoyed a healthy lead ahead of Rob Austin, but Plato's move on the Toyota Avensis for second changed the complexion of the race.

With fellow title protagonist Gordon Shedden following Plato through ahead of Austin for third, Turkington had a battle on his hands to retain the lead.

However, Plato dropped back from Turkington, which protected the Ulsterman while also moving Honda's Shedden back into the clutches of Tordoff - something which the title protagonist thanked his team mate for.

"I'm obviously still in the mix but that was a lot more difficult with the weight on and the soft tyre. It's a big point's gap to swing. 10 points in one race with the weight will be a critical factor," said Turkington.

"He [Jason Plato] was fast in the middle part of that race. He was faster than me. It looks like he took one for the team which has kept me in this position."

Despite the momentum swinging very much in his favour, Turkington says carrying the weight amongst the pack will ultimately count against him in the decider.

"You can manage the weight when you're in the lead but it's a lot more difficult to manage when you're in the pack. I've got my work cut out but it's nice to get this close.

"It was OK in the beginning but from mid-race on it was a struggle. I was losing grip but maybe it will be easier on the medium to carry the weight.

"I've got nothing to lose. I'm just going to go out there and enjoy it. The last race always throws up something special."

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Colin Turkington (GBR) Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT
Ashley Sutton - Subaru Team BMR [pic credit BTCC]
Jack Goff, Eurotech Racing, [Credit: BTCC media]
Matt Simpson, Team Dynamics, [Credit: BTCC Media]
Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport [Credit: Handy Motorsport]
Andrew Jordan, WSR Pirtek BMW [Credit:Jakob Ebrey]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing [Credit: Halfords Yuasa]
Ant Whorton-Eales,, BTCC [Credit:]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Senna Proctor, Power Maxed Racing, BTCC [Credit: BTCC media]
WSR BMW  - Gardx / JCT 600 teams champions

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