A fourth race win of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship season was on the cards for Colin Turkington, before the Northern Irishman spun out whilst leading on lap five, which saw him exercise damage control to eventually finish seventh.
The 35-year-old explained to TouringCars.net after round 16 that either dust or fluids left out on track that saw him try to exercise caution heading into the Bomb Hole, but found that the rear of his BMW 1-Series stepped out, dropping him down to 11th on lap five.
“There was a slippery track flag out of the previous corner and I think there’s just been something on the track because the rear of the car just left straight away,” stated Turkington, who is third in the drivers’ standings, three points behind leader Gordon Shedden.
“The rear just departed as soon as I turned in, and I didn’t have a chance to catch it.”
With the drivers’ title fight having closed up significantly between the top four, who are separated by just seven points after the first race at Snetterton.
“It’s always disappointing to lose a win but it could have been a lot worse and there’s still a lot to play for in the rest of the day,” said the Team BMW UK driver.
Turkington goes into the second race of the day with only 27 kilos of success ballast, 30 lighter than earlier today, and will revert to using the harder Dunlop tyres for the remainder of the day.