Colin Turkington is expecting his new BMW 3 Series to perform better than the previous 1 Series model at Thruxton, as the British Touring Car Championship heads to Hampshire for the third event of the year.
Reigning champion Turkington heads to the high-speed circuit in confident form, having scored a double win last time out at Donington Park.
The Northern Irishman believes that the saloon body shape of the new 3 Series model will make it ideally suited to the fast and flowing nature of Thruxton.
Turkington has previously won four times at Thruxton, two of those coming in BMW machinery, with his most recent win in 2017 in the old 125i.
“I’m really looking forward to Thruxton,” said Turkington. “It’s a track I enjoy, and it certainly rewards bravery.
“We think it should suit the characteristics of the 3 Series better than the 1 Series, particularly in terms of stability through the high-speed corners.”
Last month the BTCC field took to the circuit for an in-season test, where Turkington ended up as the quickest BMW driver in sixth, just over half a second off the fastest lap.
Given the young age of the car, which was only completed just before the season start, it has left the 37-year-old confident ahead of the meeting.
“The test there last month was very productive from my perspective, and it gave me the opportunity to tailor the new car a lot more to my liking.
“With so few opportunities to run at Thruxton, it was important to make the most of the time we had and I think we did just that.
“The aim is simply to keep on scoring good points and convert opportunities into results. I’ll carry 36 kg of success ballast into the weekend, but we coped well with the weight in race two at Donington, so I think we’re in good shape.
“It’s been a superb start to the season, which is no less than everybody at BMW and WSR deserves for their efforts.
“Hopefully we can keep the momentum of development going and continue that form this weekend.”