Turkington opens Snetterton round with success

Colin Turkington.
Colin Turkington.

Colin Turkington sparked into gear across the early stages of the British Touring Car Championship weekend at Snetterton by claiming an opening-race win.

The Portadown driver managed to edge his Silverline Subaru BMR Racing car home in front of the defending champion, Gordon Shedden.

Both drivers proved bumper-to-bumper for sustained periods before Turkington made his move on lap eight of 12.

That victory provided Turkington with the accolade of the season’s first three-time race winner.

Matt Jackson won the second race, with Shedden first in the final outing.

Race two featured a major multi-car collision that resulted in a stoppage. Turkington eventually came home as runner-up to Jackson.

The final race also included plenty of drama, with a red flag on show following contact then a last-lap victory for Shedden.

Turkington finished sixth to cap an afternoon that bolstered his overall points tally in the Drivers’ Championship.