COLIN TURKINGTON STAYS SHARP AHEAD OF BTCC THRUXTON
Fresh from his Donington Historic Festival outing, Colin Turkington is finishing off his preparations ahead of the next instalment of the British Touring Car Championship. Having enjoyed a successful few days immersing himself in race cars of the past, Turkington now turns his attention to Team BMW and the BMW 125i M Sport.
Ensuring he is ‘race ready’ for the BTCC action this weekend, Colin drove three cars during the Festival. Racing an original Steve Soper BTCC BMW in the Super Touring Car Challenge and a Lister Knobbly in the Stirling Moss Trophy on Saturday; Colin relished plenty of historic battles, overtaking some of the most beautiful cars of days gone by.
Despite looking every bit the epitome of perfection, a brake line issue with the stunning Jaguar E Type unfortunately ruled it out of competition on race day. Nevertheless, it was still a delight for the crowds to see a modern-day touring car hero behind the wheel of one of the most cherished cars of the past.
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It’s been a productive few weeks since Turkington and Team BMW secured their first win in this years’ BTCC Championship at Donington Park, as they completed a successful test day at Thruxton. Giving the engineering team a wealth of data to work through, the test allowed Turkington and Team BMW to better understand the 2017 construction HARD tyre that is compulsory to use throughout the weekend at Thruxton. With an abrasive surface and long loading, high speed corners; Thruxton throws a unique challenge at the cars.
After a positive start to the Championship, Colin currently sits 2nd in the standings with 72 points. Already this season there are 5 different winners from 6 races, as the series continues to deliver close, exciting and unpredictable racing. Insisting that ‘pushing forwards’ will be key this year, Turkington maintains that in such a tight pack of cars, attack is the only form of defence.
COLIN TURKINGTON COMMENTS
“On paper we’ve had a good start to the season, but it’s been far from easy. Winning in the wet at Donington was a great confidence boost for me.
In typical BTCC fashion there has been many unforeseen challenges, but the manner in which we handled those situations has kept us in a strong position. The guys at Team BMW are some of the best in the business and their hard work further inspires me to push myself that little bit more. We continuously strive to improve our preparation and engineering, with the aim to make the car faster each time out. I’m confident this approach will stand us in good stead at Thruxton and ultimately at the final weekend in October.
I had such a fantastic time in the Classic cars at the Donington Festival and find it one of the best ways to keep myself sharp and ready for the BTCC. I’m keen to get back in my BMW now and make sure we keep collecting the points and trophies.
Tyre management and chassis setup will be critical at Thruxton, so we’ve made sure to do all our homework.”
BTCC RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
RACE 1 – 12.12pm
RACE 2 – 2.32pm
RACE 3 – 5.17pm
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COVERAGE STARTS AT 11.15am
Distance: 2.36 miles
Qualifying record: Tom Ingram / 1m16.161s / 2016
Race record: Yvan Muller / 1m17.303s / 2002
Thruxton showcases the greatest average speed of any of the circuits visited by the BTCC and provides some of the biggest thrills and spills in motorsport.
The Dunlop extra-hard compound tyre is the only tyre used at this event.