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BTCC CHAMP TURKINGTON READY TO STRIKE BACK THIS WEEKEND - 5 Aug 2015

Wednesday, August 05 2015

 

Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington is eyeing strong performances for the second half of the 2015 season, starting at Snetterton this weekend (8/9 August).

The Ulsterman moved from WSR to the BMR outfit over the winter, swapping his rear-wheel-drive BMW 125i M-Sport for a front-wheel-drive VW CC. He took pole position and a win at Donington, but admits to having had to change his driving style to suit his new car.

"It hasn't been easy," Colin said. "It's definitely been a lot of hard work getting up to speed and progressing with the car at every event, but we've definitely been getting stronger. I had some real good moments, so we've got a lot to build on in the second half of the season. I'm much more comfortable with the car that I've got now and forgetting what the BMW was like, so I think we can have some really strong performances in the second half.

"I feel pretty much on top of it [now], I've had plenty of laps and I'm refining the techniques, so I feel really comfortable in the car. It's just about trying to take the next step and be really challenging going into the last two meetings, we know there's another step we need to take."

Colin feels that there are similarities between this season and two years ago, when he made his BTCC comeback with a new car and entered the final round in contention for the title. "I think so," he said. "The first few races it's all new, it all feels strange and you're learning all the time, but I know what to expect now and I know how to extract the most from the car, so it's just having that bank of knowledge and it gives me confidence that we know we can have a really strong second half."

The 33-year-old needs to be on top of his game, because not only does he need to beat the rest, but also his team-mate Jason Plato, who has taken four wins to Colin's one. "Along with everybody else, the top ten is really strong and close in points at the moment. I think the Honda seems to be the dominant car at the moment, so that's really who we're chasing."

Colin does feel that the Hondas could be chasing them this weekend: "This type of track suits our car, we've got it really working well on the high speed and the slow speed, so certainly it's somewhere where we would hope to bank a good score, it's our sort of territory."

Another factor in his favour is that he'll be carrying less success ballast into qualifying than Jason and the Hondas: "I've still got some weight in the car, but it's definitely going to make it a bit tougher for the guys who are on the big weights, so it's the ideal type of track to strike back."