Colin Turkington praises ‘incredible’ team after claiming first 2018 win

Colin Turkington praises ‘incredible’ team after claiming first 2018 win

Colin Turkington
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Colin Turkington praised the efforts of his WSR mechanics after claiming a first win of the British Touring Car Championship season at Oulton Park, moving the Northern Irishman into a clear 12-point lead.

From sixth on the grid, Turkington made steady progress throughout the race to work his way to the front and claim his 46th outright victory in the BTCC.

The win moved the 36-year-old to the head of the championship table, and he then extended his lead in race three by finishing in third behind BMW team-mates Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan in a memorable 1-2-3 finish for WSR.

“What an amazing day for the Team BMW,” said Turkington. “Two wins and leading the championship; it doesn’t get much better than that.

“On a personal level, it feels great to get my first win of the year because the level of competition in the BTCC just seems to be going up and up so to have the kind of performance we’ve put in today shows what an incredible team we have here.

“To be part of a 1-2-3 for WSR on the podium, with both Rob and I on the podium, is a great feeling too.”

WSR Team Principal Dick Bennetts was proud of his team as Team BMW also moved to the top of the Teams’ and Manufacturers’ standings with another Oulton Park victory.

“Everyone at Team BMW can feel very proud of the job they’ve done to achieve these results,” said Bennetts. “Colin and Rob scored a win each, which they thoroughly deserved, we’ve taken the lead of the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’ Championships and scored a 1-2-3 finish for WSR-run cars in the final race. It doesn’t get much better than this.

“Colin and Rob have both driven extremely well and I’m sure these results are going to help both of them as we head towards Croft and the halfway point of the season.”