Colin Turkington believes he ‘never got the roll of the dice’ during ‘bruising’ Croft weekend

Reigning champion Colin Turkington believes he “never got the roll of the dice” in what he described as a “bruising” weekend of British Touring Car Championship action at Croft.

Usually referred to as the ‘King of Croft’ due to his previous success at the 2.1-mile Darlington circuit, the Nothern Irishman’s podium in the opening encounter was the only real highlight in an uncharacteristically dramatic weekend.

A costly error at the start of the second contest left the four-time champion beached in the gravel on the exit of Clervaux, before things went from bad to worse with contact at the same corner in the finale leaving him without points again due to a resultant issue with his BMW 330i M Sport.

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Points deficit from race two incident was softened by title rival Ash Sutton’s later puncture. Photo: JEP/BTCC

Turkington managed to salvage some consolation from a torrid weekend by breaking his own lap record thereafter, securing a single championship point which may prove pivotal heading into the final rounds of the 2020 campaign.

With triple-headers still to come at Snetterton and the season finale at Brands Hatch in mid-November, Turkington now sits third in the standings, just 12 points adrift of leader Sutton and still very much in the hunt despite his difficult weekend.

“It was a bruising weekend, but we still came away with a podium and a fastest lap,” said Turkington.

“We’ve lost a bit of ground in the championship, but we are in the mix. We just need to forget about this weekend now and re-group. We had a really strong pace all weekend, but we never got the roll of the dice.”

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