Team BMW’s Colin Turkington noted he was pleased to be “capitalising on the summer months” after two successful British Touring Car Championship races so far today at Brands Hatch.
The reigning champion secured second position in the opening race at the iconic 2.4-mile GP layout, and would go one better in the following race after jumping Dan Cammish at the start.
He would then fend off pressure from Tom Ingram’s Toyota Corolla to secure his second victory of the 2020 season in what he described as a “close to perfect” race with a comfortable margin at the flag.
“The 3 Series BMW was just beautiful in that race, it was like Donington [Park], I had to try and beat Dan [Cammish] to the first corner, which I did with no problem,” he told ITV.
“It was pretty much pressure on from there, I think it was Ollie [Jackson] and then Tom Ingram, they were hot on my heels.
“Tough, tough race because when you’re leading you can’t afford any mistakes, the other guys could get a sniff and they’re right on you.
“That was a close to perfect race, big thanks to the team because like Donington my car was improved for race two and that’s why we had that outstanding place so really pleased to chalk another win.”
The four-time champion observed the importance of quite literally making hay while the sun shines, as his BMW 330i M Sport favours the higher temperatures seen in Kent this weekend.
Given cooler temperatures will be guaranteed at the tail end of the season in October and November, the Northern Irishman feels it is crucial to make the most of his advantage over the front-wheel drive runners while it lasts.
“This is perfect for us today, but that said, it’s very important for us to capitalise on these days because our season obviously runs into October and November this year, which is going to be very cold, wintery and dark which doesn’t necessarily favour us as much.
“So it’s important for us to be strong in the summer months, which we usually are. There’s no feeling like crossing that line in first place.”
The final British Touring Car Championship race of the day is scheduled to get underway at 17:30 BST.