Colin Turkington admitted managing the lead to help secure an historic first ever British Touring Car Championship 1-2 result for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing wasn't as easy as it looked during an incident packed opener at Croft.

The landscape of the first race was dominated by a trio of safety car phases which continued to erode the advantage Turkington and Jason Plato established over the rest of the field.

Turkington retained his lead after surviving a bruising first corner skirmish with Eurotech Racing's Daniel Lloyd while Plato took advantage to slot into second.

"We're really strong at the moment. It was great to kick-start our championship at Oulton Park. We knew Croft is similar tyre of circuit and I do tend to go well around here. We thought this was somewhere where we could capitalise but you never take wins for granted," said Turkington.

"It wasn't handed to me on a plate. Three safety car periods made the job tougher. Each time I pulled a little gap and you work hard to get that gap only to see it erode. I was conscious to manage as best I could and get a good jump."

Turkington's second win of 2016 has moved him towards the fringes of the top-ten in the standings with 81-points to his name.

While admitting the likes of Sam Tordoff and Matt Neal remain a long way up the road, Turkington isn't writing off his chances just yet.

"We'll never give up but we're obviously coming from a long way back. Missing Thruxton is a big dent in our chances but you just have to build the points and keep the consistency. The way this championship is set up, we're not carrying success ballast so we can come and get poles and wins," the Subaru driver continued.

"We're racking up the points but the guys at the top of the table are a long way ahead."



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