Contact with Aiden Moffat in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park ‘ruined’ Colin Turkington’s day, after the BMW driver finished outside the points in the first race on Sunday.
Having qualified in fourth, just behind Moffat, on Saturday, Turkington was running in fourth and battling for a podium finish in the first race when the Mercedes ahead appeared to brake early for the final corner, causing Turkington to run into the back of the car.
The resulting damage restricted the air flow on the 1-Series and Turkington lost engine power, eventually finishing in 29th position.
That result left the Northern Irishman with an uphill task in race two, although Turkington managed to pass 15 cars to take points for 13th.
The final race of the day saw another charge for Turkington, and finishing in fifth ensured that the BMW driver remained fourth overall in the drivers’ championship standings.
“Today just didn’t go our way,” said Turkington after the races which have typically suited the rear-wheel drive cars. “In race one I was looking good for fourth or maybe third, but there was an incident with Aiden Moffat that restricted the airflow into the engine and meant I had no power. That ruined my race and the rest of the day.
“The BMW chassis is fantastic and I was able to use it to climb from the back to 13th in race two and then to fifth in race three, but it’s a smaller points total than I was aiming for.
“On the positive side, we go to Croft with reduced ballast, which can only help our chances there.”
WSR Team Principal Dick Bennetts praised Turkington for his recovery drives in races two and three, which see Turkington limit the damage to a 31-point deficit to championship leader Gordon Shedden.
“Colin’s weekend was ruined by one incident in race one,” said Bennetts. “He did the maximum possible in the circumstances and will surely bounce back at Croft.”