Team BMW's Colin Turkington admits his narrow British Touring Car Championship defeat to Ashley Sutton at the Brands Hatch finale was 'hard to take' but has vowed to come back fighting next season.

The former two-time champion arrived into the title deciding race just six-points behind Subaru's Ashley Sutton but saw his hopes of clinching a third BTCC crown quickly vanish after suffering a heart-breaking early retirement on lap two.

As a result, Sutton went onto clinch his maiden BTCC crown by 21-points over Turkington but the Team BMW West Surrey Racing outfit still walked away with the Teams' and Manufacturers' titles.

"It’s the hardest thing being second when you’ve come so close. We gave it everything today [Sunday] and we kept fighting till the end," said Turkington.

"It just didn’t go my way in race three. I was just unfortunate to be at that bit of track when there was a bit of action going on. I’m really disappointed but we tried and gave it 100% and that’s all you can do."

Leading up to his retirement, Turkington was on yet another charge following his race two heroics and looked set the heap further pressure on Sutton after scything his way from tenth on the grid to fifth in the early stages of a wet finale.

However, the race for the 2017 title took a premature end after Turkington found himself caught up in Tom Ingram and Mat Jackson's altercation at Graham Hill bend.

It was that minor exchange between the aforementioned duo which ultimately sent Jackson's Ford Focus into the rear right of Turkington's BMW 125i M Sport and the Team BMW driver subsequently limped back to the pit-lane into an early retirement with broken rear suspension.

Turkington had won a stunning previous encounter from 15th and was sitting directly ahead of his title nemesis Sutton when the incident occurred.

"It broke the rear suspension. I knew instantly I was out. It’s hard to take but we live to fight another day. You just try and be positive but it’s hard for all the guys," he continued.

"You put so much into with every moment and every bit of effort you can. But when it’s not your turn, it’s not your turn and that’s it.

"Everyone feels it, right from the top to the bottom. We’re Manufacturer and Teams’ champions, so there’s some consolation there. But the big one we all wanted just got away."


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