Team BMW's Colin Turkington has described his performance at Knockhill as 'probably one of his best weekends of the year' after taking the lead of the British Touring Car Championship, following a hat-trick of podium finishes in Scotland.

Turkington produced a near immaculate scorecard of three third place finishes, which has catapulted the BMW 125i M Sport driver into a four-point lead in the title race ahead of Subaru's Ashley Sutton, with three meetings of the season to go.

“Three thirds – that’s probably one of my best weekends this year. It’s not easy to do to get three podiums in a day now,” said Turkington.

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“I’m really pleased with the performance of the BMW around here. I think we know we still have work to do with more speed to find. But we’re where we need to be at the moment.”

Whilst Turkington’s route to third place during the first two races appeared a relatively straight-forward endeavour, race three proved a taller order after starting from eighth on the reverse grid.

Turkington found himself perched behind a dog-fight for second position between Gordon Shedden and his WSR team mate Rob Collard in race three.

Second initially looked to be going the way of Collard, until brief contact with Shedden - after losing the position to the Honda driver - allowed Turkington to move up into third behind the reigning champion.

“It’s not easy going through the pack at Knockhill. It’s a narrow track so if you’re passing you’ve got to be decisive and clean. I was able to make the most of the opportunities without being too forceful. I’m conscious of who else I’m racing,” Turkington continued.

“That’s how cards fall sometimes. That gave me another spot and I suppose the chance to pressurise Gordon [Shedden]. But after the safety car we just didn’t have enough in those last two laps.”

Despite coming away with three podium finishes, Turkington conceded the Subarus were too quick for the BMWs to beat at Knockhill.

Turkington finished behind both Subaru runners Jason Plato and Ashley Sutton during the opening two races.

“They [Subaru] were faster than us this weekend. That’s why I say we’ve got work to do and speed to find. That’s always the case.”