Colin Turkington believes ‘anything is possible’ in this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship finale, even though the BMW driver is 32 points adrift of Ashley Sutton.
The Northern Irishman enters into the finale at Brands Hatch as the ‘hunter’ in the title race, sitting second in the drivers’ standings.
But statistics are not on the side of Turkington – not once in the past 20 years has such a deficit been overcome in the final meeting of the year.
With 20 points available for a win, even in Turkington won race one and Sutton retired, he would still be 12 points behind.
Given the chances of lifting the title, Turkington is proud to have achieved his goal of making it to the final event of the year still in contention for the championship.
“I started the season with the intention of getting to the finale with a chance of winning, and I’m proud to say that here we are,” said Turkington.
“The final race weekend is like nothing else, and anything is possible. We’ve seen year after year that the championship leader has the hardest time over this weekend, and it’s usually been me on the receiving end of this.
“This time, I am the hunter and have the fire in my belly to give it everything I’ve got – I’ve nothing to lose.”
Turkington, who won one race on the last visit to the GP circuit, admits that concluding the 2020 season on the Indy circuit in November last year didn’t feel as good as it does to end the year on the Brands Hatch GP loop.
“I absolutely love the GP circuit and the BMW has been immense around there the past two seasons.
“The last time we raced on the GP loop was August 2020 and the 3 Series was singing. If we can roll out on Saturday morning in that window of performance, I’ll have a grin on my face and its game on!
“Last year we finished on the Indy loop instead of the GP track, and to be honest, it just didn’t provide the spectacle or result I’d hoped for.
“Since then, I’ve been working hard and patiently waiting for my chance to try and win again. It’s a magical day and one I’m honoured to be a part of as a contender.
“The plan is to drive as hard and as fast as I can; the strategy is simple. Like me, the team are prepared for a fight, and we’ll push as hard as we can until the end. It’s not over until it’s over.”