Turkington’s title target entering final British round

Portadown-born Colin Turkington celebrates the 100th podium appearance of his British Touring Car Championship career. Pic by Jakob Ebrey.
Portadown-born Colin Turkington celebrates the 100th podium appearance of his British Touring Car Championship career. Pic by Jakob Ebrey.

Colin Turkington has finished the final day of the British Touring Car Championship season with title glory on two previous occasions - but a third crown this weekend would mark the most significant achievement in his 300-race career.

Both previous title triumphs by Turkington arrived with the Portadown ace in the driving seat entering the closing round.

However, the defending champion must reverse a 32-point gap on leader Gordon Shedden across three races in which no fewer than five drivers remain in contention for the ultimate prize.

Shedden heads Turkington’s Team BMR colleague, Jason Plato, with Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan following the town driver in the running order.

With 67 points on the table, Turkington is relishing the challenge as part of the five-strong team of past champions in pursuit of Brands Hatch GP glory.

Success in the penultimate round at Silverstone handed Turkington a significant boost in his points tally.

“This is my first season with Team BMR and we can certainly see improvements in speed and other areas across the campaign,” said Turkington. “That progress is a positive no matter what happens this weekend in the overall championship race.

“However, we are going in with the attitude that anything can happen and with the confidence to put my full weight behind the weekend.

“The Silverstone points really helped keep me in contention and we have found this season to be about clocking up those results on as consistent a basis as possible.

“It has been about working hard as a team and grinding out results even when not the quickest car on the circuit.

“It will be a different challenge for me following those two past campaigns when I have been leading the championship on the final day.

“People talk about having one hand on the title but, in British touring cars, one hand is never enough.

“No matter what happens, I will be giving it my best shot in a competition which seems to get tougher every year.”

Support from family and friends has been a long-standing element in Turkington’s career. He also highlights a growing bond within Team BMR.

“I am enjoying the new environment and the fresh challenge,” said Turkington. “I could not be happier with the guys around me and we will certainly reflect on quite a few positives I am sure once the season has ended.

“That is for down the line and, at this point, our only focus is on a positive approach to Saturday and Sunday.”

Full coverage of Sunday will be broadcast on ITV4 from 10.15-6.30.