It was a weekend of dramatic racing at the high speed Snetterton circuit in Norfolk, as Northern Irishman Colin Turkington maintained his country’s sporting form, bringing home further silverware from a successful BTCC event.
Arriving at rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the Championship 11th in the standings, Turkington sat 63 points off the lead heading to the Snetterton 300 circuit, where a rear wheel drive BTCC car had never won before.
It was the first time the team would compete at a circuit where they had tested the new Subaru Levorg after putting in over 140 laps in a two day test at the end of June. Although cautious in his expectations for what the weekend would hold, Turkington and Silverline Subaru BMR Racing left no stone unturned in their preparations.
To walk away on Sunday evening 58 points and two podiums richer was nothing less than remarkable.
Commenting at the end of race 3 Turkington said:
I’ll be knackered tonight but for now I need to enjoy this great haul of points. It was pretty mad out there but we have survived!”
Saturday’s practice sessions drew attention to the potential of the number 4 Subaru as Colin topped the time sheets in FP1. An oil leak in FP2 halved their running time but it wouldn’t hamper the qualifying pace that followed. Planting the Levorg on the front row in P2 only 0.015 seconds behind P1, Turkington was close to scoring his third consecutive pole position.
With the glorious blue skies greeting the crowds on race day; fans poured in from all around the country jamming the paddock with excitement and energy as they got up close and personal to the stars and cars of the BTCC.
Race 1 did not disappoint as Turkington grabbed the lead two thirds in after a spectacular duel with Shedden. Showing hunger and determination he became the first BTCC driver to win three races this season and put rear wheel drive machinery on the map as a race winning car round the Snetterton 300 circuit.
“I’m extremely satisfied with another strong performance and claiming my third win of the season was definitely the highlight. We thought that it could potentially be a tricky weekend for us, but all the summer test miles and hard work really paid off and that is incredibly rewarding.
Coming from P2 to win in race 1 was a special moment and it was made even more significant as the whole team finished inside the top 10. I gave it my all throughout the three races and despite some pretty scary moments I was able to take home a big haul of points.
There were a lot of unusual incidents and damage in race 2 and 3, perhaps highlighting the driving standards and speed discrepancies throughout the field…but I’m sure the Championship knows what it is doing, and will react accordingly.”
“Knockhill is a completely different track full of gradient changes and technical turns. I’ve been looking forward to it for some time and my aim is to build on this momentum and see how far up the leader board we can climb.”