Colin Turkington says he is ‘fired up’ for this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship races at Croft in North Yorkshire, although the Northern Irishman did admit to still feeling tender after his big crash at Oulton Park earlier in the month.
Turkington heads to Croft sitting fourth overall in the drivers’ standings, 29 away from the summit of the table.
But his title campaign was dealt a blow in the last race at Oulton Park, when Turkington smashed into the stricken Hyundai of Daniel Lloyd on the opening lap after a big crash at Hilltop.
Whilst that shunt has left Turkington sore, he is able to take part in the BTCC’s annual trip to Yorkshire.
“I’m pleased to say I’m ready to return to the driving seat this weekend,” said Turkington. “It’s been a big push to get here and ideally we’d have more recovery time for my neck but I’m happy to confirm I’m ready.
“Considering the force of the impact it’s inevitable I’m still tender and there’s no denying it might be physically tough this weekend, but I’m prepared for that and keen to continue my push for the championship. The show must go on and I’m fired up for that!
“The outcome from race three at Oulton was certainly not in the plan and as challenging as it’s been, there’s also been a huge surge of passion to get back on track.
“This kind of impetus into a campaign is priceless! We’re in a great position in the standings and ideally placed to bounce back this weekend.”
Turkington has unrivalled previous form at the circuit, having claimed 13 victories and 25 podiums, with the rear-wheel drive cars particularly favouring the track.
“Croft is one of my all-time favourite circuits and a real technical challenge for the driver.
“I have some amazing memories from here over the years and some fabulous results, 13 wins I’ve been told… there must be something in the Yorkshire water!”