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Double champ Turkington looks forward to 'thrill' of Oulton Park

Tuesday, May 16 2017

Double Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington is ready to close the gap on title leader Tom Ingram at Oulton Park this weekend (20/21 May).

The Northern Irishman claimed Subaru's maiden pole position and a win last year, and two years previously took two wins in the BMW 125i M-Sport to launch a successful title bid. With results in this year's opening three events similar to his 2014 record, Turkington is making the most of his BMW return.

"We've had a consistent run so far," he said. "We definitely haven't been the fastest car at any of the tracks yet, [and] given the increase in the competitive nature of the championship it's much more difficult to go in and dominate a weekend. But certainly we go to Oulton with confidence; historically it's been somewhere where we've gone well and it's been a happy hunting ground.

"It's been a similar pattern to 2014, so if it all works out in the end like that it'll be decided!"

Oulton Park is where Turkington's seasons have really taken off in recent years, and that's no surprise given that it's the first track on the calendar to favour rear-wheel-drive cars. But there are seven of them on the grid, so Colin's clearly making the difference.

"For sure it's one of my favourite tracks," he said. "What I enjoy about it the most is the high speed corners like Cascades and Druids, where a driver [can] make a bit of difference. You have to push yourself beyond what is comfortable, and that's where you get the biggest thrill."

Of his rear-wheel-drive opposition, Colin is unsure of where his old team will be this weekend. "I've no idea really, the margins are so fine that it's really hard to call who's going to be strong on any particular weekend," he said. "I'm not really sure what's gone on in the other camp, I'm just concerned with trying to win races for myself."

That definitely leaves a battle between the BMWs to be best of the rear-wheel-drive bunch, and Colin's expecting to be in the thick of it with Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan. "We've each taken a win between us," he said. "So the challenge comes from inside and outside, so we're all keen to improve and keep pushing forward."

Tickets for the BTCC at Oulton Park on 20/21 May are available from £27, with free entry for under-13s. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.