BTCC: Turkington hails 'incredible turnaround after title tilt

Despite effectively missing three rounds earlier in the year, Colin Turkington and Subaru came within just 19 points of taking the title at Brands Hatch.
Colin Turkington has lauded Subaru's miraculous turnaround in fortunes, which saw the former double British Touring Car champion come within 19 points of taking the 2016 crown at Brands Hatch.

Turkington went into the final weekend of 2016 with an outside chance of taking his third BTCC title but an inspired final day charge - comprising of two victories - saw him close to within 10 points of the championship lead.

Ultimately, the penalty of running 75 kilos of ballast proved too much in the final race, meaning Turkington was unable to trouble Gordon Shedden and Sam Tordoff in the final reckoning.

Having outwardly played down his chances earlier on in the race day, even Turkington admitted he did start to believe a third title might have been on.

"Naturally I'm disappointed. As much as you try to deflect it, when you get that close you start to believe. It's still a big ask. Even with the wins today [Sunday] it was still a big ask because the weight stays on the car," said Turkington.

"We now we get in the pack it's very difficult to carry the weight. I'm disappointed now but I'm sure tomorrow morning I'll be pleased with what we've achieved this year. No reason to feel too disappointed."

Subaru bounced back from the ignominy of having to withdraw from Thruxton and rapidly became a force to be reckoned with following Turkington's landmark win just one meeting later at Oulton Park.

The Team BMR's tale of redemption was a remarkable one, which guided the RWD Levorg to six victories - five to Turkington, one to Jason Plato - during its first year of competition.

However, Turkington said the ground lost during those first three meetings ultimately deprived Subaru of a season long title challenge.

"It's been an incredible turnaround. To leave Thruxton with 10 points in the bag and feeling miserable, this seemed a long way off. To get within 10 points going into the final race was an incredible effort," Turkington continued.

"I was so proud to get another two wins today. But to win this championship you need to be strong from the beginning. You need to throw good points in the bag from round one."

With a year a data ready to crunch through, Turkington is confident the BMR outfit will know what direction to go down over the winter to unlock yet more performance from the Levorg.

"We were very much learning through the season. You need consistency to win the championship, which we had from Oulton Park onwards.

"To make those big steps so quickly is a big plus. What we've done is build a great foundation for next season. We know the car now. We know we can test through the winter and come back with a better package."

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