Colin Turkington enjoyed a ‘very good day’ in the British Touring Car Championship races at Knockhill, as the Team BMW driver finished twice on the podium to take over at the top of the drivers’ championship standings.
Turkington, three times a previous winner in Scotland, was on the pace in all of the dry sessions on Saturday, ultimately qualifying his BMW 330e M Sport in third for the opening race.
From there, Turkington had the pound seat to watch Jake Hill and Ash Sutton scrapping for the win ahead, but in the end the Northern Irishman didn’t have the pace to take the fight to the leading duo and he took the chequered flag in third.
Turkington followed that up with another third in race two, briefly taking second from team-mate Hill before an uncharacteristic mistake at Duffus Dip dropped him back behind.
The final race saw the minimum number of cars reversed, and from fifth on the grid Turkingtom immediately jumped up to third, although he ultimately took the finish in fourth after Hill got by late in the race.
“A super set of results and fantastic points haul this weekend,” said Turkington, who is now five points clear of Tom Ingram in the drivers’ standings. “Three top four finishes is a very good day.
“We converted our qualifying into two strong podium finishes and some heavy points and that’s not always easy in this series.
“I maybe didn’t have the car exactly where I needed to challenge for wins, but I kept my head down and scored well regardless.
“The 3 Series never missed a beat all weekend and this is testament to the continued efforts of the team.
“The car got stronger and more suited to my style as the weekend progressed, so a big thanks to WSR for this.
“Knockhill always proves to be a very busy day for everyone, but we handled this well and kept focused on our performances.
“It turned out to be a really hot day and definitely physically challenging in the car. It will be important to recover well as we have two more events coming up in quick succession.”