Colin Turkington returned to Portadown with silverware for a second successive British Touring Car Championship season - but a puncture cost the defending champion a chance at retaining the main prize.
Turkington was crowned winner of the Independents’ Drivers’ Championship following results of fourth and 12th across the opening and closing races of the season’s finale.
However, a puncture on the final lap of the middle race at Brands Hatch GP ultimately knocked Turkington out of contention as Gordon Shedden joined the Portadown man on a second British crown. Turkington entered the final weekend as one of five drivers in contention but 32 points off top spot.
“We went into the weekend just aiming to give it our best shot,” said Turkington. “I picked up early damge in race two and knew it was a matter of time, with the puncture coming on the final lap.
“We gave it 100 per cent and sometimes you need that slice of good luck, although we can be proud of our achievements this season.
“Now I will take some time to let the dust settle then have a chat with Team BMR, although my intention would be to come back next year.
“We have built a good foundation and I feel I am a better driver for taking on this different challenge.
“I see it as year one of the project.”
Portadown’s Stuart Cochrane finished third in the Two-Litre Hot Rods Irish Championship final at Tullyroan Oval as part of a field that also included Adam Heatrick from the town.
Wayne Woolsey from Portadown just missed out on success in the section’s Irish Revenge race.
Nigel Jackson came home as Lightning Rods Irish Championship runner-up, with Jordan Rochford - another Portadown driver - mounting an early title bid before slipping down the field. Rochford was second in the Irish Revenge outing behind Portadown’s Feargal McNally.
Lee Davison from the Birches lifted heat success in the Superstox class.
Racing will run at Tullyroan Oval on Sunday from 2 o’clock. QUADS
The Moyallen circuit, a recent addition to the motorsport calendar, will stage a special meeting tomorrow (Saturday).
The Ian Winters Memorial Grass Track race has been scheduled in tribute to the former North Armagh Junior Quad Club founding member.
Entries can be registered at the event. Contact Linda McCauley on 07752430452.