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Colin Turkington admits battle for second helped him to race two win

Colin Turkington said he was helped by an ‘almighty’ battle for second in race two of the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, as Tom Ingram fought to hold on to the position.

Turkington started the race from pole after winning race one earlier in the day, and the BMW driver made a good start to open an initial gap.

However, Ingram came back at the Northern Irishman at the end of the first lap, before he too came under pressure and his challenge for the lead faded away.

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A late-race safety car period then meant that Turkington would be faced with a one-lap sprint to the flag, in which he was again helped by a fierce battle for second behind him as well as a strong restart.

“Once again, I got my start as good as I could and survived the first lap when the pressure was on,” said Turkington.

“It was really the scrap behind me that was allowing me to break free. I could see that Tom was having an almighty race trying to keep the others behind.

“I just tried to keep my focus, keep chalking down the laps. I could have done without the safety car at the end, but I managed it well and [brought it] home for another win, so nothing beats the feeling of winning.”

Turkington said that he wasn’t too concerned about Ingram behind on the final lap, after making a strong restart after the safety car.

“I knew once I got the jump from Tom starting the last lap that the race was pretty safe. It’s a lovely place to be, out in front, it’s a luxury, but the BMW has been ballistic this weekend at Snetterton, so all credit to Team BMW for that.

“Race three is about surviving and getting stuck in and still trying to score really good points. Obviously, I keep the weight but I’m back in the pack.”

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