Quick turnaround for Colin Turkington

The next instalment of the BTCC takes place this weekend around Brands Hatch GP circuit less than a week from Donington Park.

Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 1:00 pm
Colin Turkington in action at Donington Park

This event marks the first back-to-back event in the 2020 revised calendar.

Championship leader Colin Turkington is keen to maximise results despite carrying 60kgs of success ballast.

“We’re not used to such tight turnarounds in the BTCC but like most things, with a bit of extra planning and the desire to make it happen, anything is possible,” he said.

“Today will be the busiest day for the team with a strip down and rebuild but they are all fired up for the challenge.

“For me, it’s been busy completing my reports and understanding everything from Donington Park before commencing the Brands preparation, but I’m being careful to fully recover as well.

“We will carry out our shakedown around the Indy circuit on Friday evening so that will give the team back some time on Thursday.”

Turkington still has high expectations despite arriving with maximum success ballast.

“You have to just get on with on it and approach your weekend with the same pursuit of performance and lap time,” he said.

“It won’t be easy, but we’re well used to adjusting our expectations for qualifying and race one when arriving heavy.

“It’s not so bad if you can get some clear track space and clean air, and in the end it’s all about scoring points at this stage.

“Nothing surprises me in BTCC! Donington Park proved that it’s going to be a super competitive season and the usual big players are all going to be a big threat.

“In the BTCC you can take nothing for granted and you have to work as hard for 20th position as you do for second.

“The heat will make things more laboured for everyone this weekend, and its important to ensure we arrive prepared to stay cool and hydrated. For the cars the temperatures can have a significant impact on tyre wear.”

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