Team BMW's Colin Turkington has labelled his phenomenal race two charge from 15th on the grid to victory as 'hard to absorb' after keeping his British Touring Car Championship hopes alive at Brands Hatch.

Arriving 24-points behind championship leader Ashley Sutton, Turkington faced the prospect of falling out of mathematical contention before the final race after starting from 15th, while Sutton started the penultimate encounter in third.

However, Turkington reaped the rewards of running the soft tyre with no championship ballast and produced a remarkable fightback up the order to eventually win the second race ahead of Honda duo Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal.

"A race that like is hard to absorb. Coming from P15 you give yourself a lot of work to do. The opening laps were tricky but I had to survive. I was just on the right strategy with no weight and the soft tyre," said Turkington.

"My car was strong in the right areas. In race one I wasn’t, I couldn’t capitalise on my strengths."

By lap 7, Turkington had latched himself onto his title rival Sutton and moved past the Subaru driver on the run up to the Druids hairpin after almost going off on the grass.

Having got past Sutton, Turkington knew time was of the essence as he set his sights on the race leading Mercedes of Aiden Moffat but didn't believe the victory was possible until passing the long-term race leader on the 13th lap of the race.

"I knew I didn’t have the time to sit behind people for too long. I was keen to move on each lap and when I got past Ash [Sutton] I could see Aiden [Moffat] was still leading with 75 kilos. I knew I could still get past," he continued.

"You never think you’re going to win it because it’s a hard job getting past. It was only when I got into the lead with three laps to go I knew I could do it.

"You don’t think too much about the bigger picture. You just try to drive every lap as fast as you can. You’re not thinking about points or where other people are. You’re just focussed on driving every lap as quick as you can."

As for the upcoming championship decider, Turkington said: "We’ll see how it plays out. I’ve just got to go as fast as I can. You can’t predict anything in this game. I’ve just got to go for it."

Incidentally, Turkington has since been penalised for his race winning move on Moffat after the BMW 125i M Sport driver made contact with the Mercedes A-Class at Paddock Hill bend.

Turkington was issued three points on his license while also receiving a £500 fine.



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