P3 FOR TURKINGTON
DRYING TRACK PROVIDES KNOCKHILL QUALIFYING THRILLER AS TURKINGTON SECURES P3 ON FINAL LAP
It was an anxious time today in qualifying as the Knockhill weather played havoc with the BTCC drivers and teams. Starting under rain, the all important session of the day looked likely to provide some surprises as many predicted the circuit would be dry by the end of the 30 minutes. Wets were the tyre of choice for the first 18 minutes of running as the 32 car grid grafted hard to bank an initial ‘wet’ lap. But it was all to change with 12 minutes left on the clock as a red flag returned everyone to the pits.
WETS OR SLICKS?
Sitting down in P22, and with a dry line appearing on the track, it was time for Colin and Team BMW to make a call on tyre selection. As onlookers held their breath, it was fast becoming a ‘lottery’ of who would come out with a positive starting position for Sunday’s races. Opting for slicks, and one last adjustment to the setup of the 1 series, Colin returned out on track a couple of minutes after the rest of the field. It was a decision and moment of timing that proved critical, as he crossed the line on his final lap in a time good enough for P3 in the end. A momumental effort and great result for the #4 BMW driver.
“It was a crazy session out there this afternoon and very similar to the free practice one we had this morning. A drying track is never ideal and it throws a complete spanner in the mix. You can come out a hero in sessions like that or it can go the complete other way.
I’d be lying if I said i enjoyed that but our experience paid off!
The car was never far away from the optimum balance, but with the track conditions continuously changing all day, it has been hard to work through the programme how we would have liked. Saying that, I’m happy we have a car I can race with tomorrow and am really looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do.
Today was always going to be vital to set tomorrow up, and we’ve done a fantastic job despite the difficult conditions.
I’ll take it one race at a time and my goal is to secure three top ten finishes and keep the championship hopes moving the right way.”