Colin Turkington loses lead of British Touring Car Championship after difficult weekend at Thruxton
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington lost his lead in the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton at the weekend.
In race one, the Portadown driver was forced to pit due to an issue with his car.
Turkington finished 13th and eighth in the final two races to collect 11 points as he made up 16 places from his starting position.
Now second in the championship standings, Turkington said: “It’s always so important to finish race one; your entire day evolves from that result. When something happens then, it derails the weekend.
“Thruxton is a difficult circuit to overtake, and you have to force errors to make progress. It also tends to favour the FWD cars, so I was really up against.
“You’re hoping to move forwards and maybe luck into the reversed grid for the final race, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”
Reflecting on his performance in the remaining two races, Turkington said he had to “pull out all the stops” to rescue as many points as possible.
“It was critical for me to stop haemorrhaging points and I had to pull out all the stops,” he said.
“I’d have liked to make more progress to be honest, but when we took the weight out for race two, things didn’t come together as well as we would have liked.
“But all in all we should be proud of having gone forwards because it was clear to see doing that wasn’t easy to achieve. “The team kept their spirit and kept on digging deep throughout the day. And on the tough days, that is never more important,” added Turkington.
“You always expect a bump or two on the journey and this was one of them. These things happen and nobody is to blame. We just have to take it on the chin, dust ourselves down and go again.
“It’s frustrating when you put so much work into an event and you come away with little reward, but that work never goes to waste. We’ll move on, keep grafting and put it right next time out.”