Colin Turkington: Fast corners mean drivers make the difference at Oulton

Colin Turkington: Fast corners mean drivers make the difference at Oulton

Colin Turkington

Colin Turkington says the fast nature of Oulton Park will ensure driver ability plays a significant role in deciding the outcome of this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship triple-header at the Cheshire venue.

Turkington, who cemented his early-season form with a second victory of the season during the reverse grid race at Thruxton a fortnight ago, sits 19 points adrift of standings leader Tom Ingram.

The Team BMW driver believes the 2.2 mile Island configuration of Oulton Park, which the championship returned to after a brief switch to the International layout in 2015, will help distinguish the field in the faster sections.

“Oulton Park is my favourite circuit on the BTCC calendar by some distance,” admitted the double champion.

“The track is just amazing and one where a driver is much more capable of making a difference than at other places, simply because of the challenge of some of the quicker corners.”

His focus is on securing a third win of the season for BMW as he looks to pull back the early advantage of Ingram.

“The season has started incredibly well for me and the whole team so the aim is to keep this up and hopefully get a third win of the season to continue our championship push.” he commented.

Turkington is also set to enjoy some popular home support in Cheshire, with the event the closest to his home in Northern Ireland.

“Because it’s so close to Northern Ireland, I do tend to have more friends and fans coming to this event than any other.” said Turkington.