Colin Turkington admits that WSR have ‘work to do’ to find more pace in his BMW for the final three events of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship season, despite scoring a hat-trick of podiums at Knockhill.
Turkington moved into the lead of the championship for the first time this season with three third-place finishes in Scotland, but the Northern Irishman was comprehensively beaten by the Subaru cars in the first two of Sunday’s three races.
Whilst he was pleased with the results, the lack of a challenge to the Subarus has left Turkington with the view that he and the WSR team have to work to try and find more pace in the car ahead of the next round at Rockingham next weekend.
“It’s been a really strong weekend; three podiums in any championship is hard to come by, so I’m really pleased with the score,” said Turkington to TouringCars.Net. “We didn’t have the fastest car today but we had a really good package in the BMW and sometimes that’s what counts.
“I’m satisfied but also aware that we’ve got work to do and speed to find for the last three events, so we’ll keep working hard, keep plugging away at it and try to improve.”
Turkington finished behind Jason Plato and Ash Sutton in both of the first two races, and at no point did he come close to mounting a challenge for a pass.
“[The Subarus] had the legs on me and it felt like a couple of tenths each lap,” added the two-time champion. “I was getting the maximum from my car, but we just couldn’t hold pace.
“Once somebody breaks the tow and gets up the road a bit it’s very hard to get back on their rear bumper.
“I was just focussed on trying to get the most out of my car and not worry too much about the other guys.”
Although Turkington now faces heading into the next event with the maximum 75 kg of success ballast, as he leads the points, he is not fazed by the increase as he has been amongst the top four drivers in the standings all season.
“We know we have a big fight on our hands – there’s a few of us in contention, so we’ll just keep working hard at it.
“I’m not concerned at this moment [about maximum ballast] – I might be in the morning! We’ll take one weekend at a time – I came into Knockhill with second-place ballast, so the situation isn’t going to change too much.
“There’s nothing I can do about that so we’ll just try to optimise the car with the weight.”