Colin Turkington happy to claim latest BMW milestone on ultra-strong weekend

Colin Turkington ticked off another milestone for West Surrey Racing this past weekend as he added to his impressive record around Croft with a third victory of the season.

Hailed as ‘The King of Croft’, the Team BMW driver was unable to find a way around Ashley Sutton in the opening encounter, and despite hounding the back of his Subaru Levorg, the double champion settled for second place.

Turkington wasn’t to be denied in race two however as he got the jump on Sutton off the line and took a lights-to-flag win. His win however wasn’t an easy one with Sutton this time applying the pressure race-long. Turkington’s resolute defence

That triumph was a milestone one for WSR too with it being their 50th in the BTCC with BMW. Back in 2007, it was Turkington that took that first win, ironically at Croft when he was driving the 3-Series model.

Clinching sixth in race three, the Northern Irishman closed the gap to championship leader Gordon Shedden to within 12 points.

Reflecting on the weekend, Turkington said: “It’s been an ultra-strong weekend for me, capped off by taking the 50th win for WSR with BMW in the BTCC; 10 years after I got the first one – also at Croft.

“We’ve had very good race pace today on both types of tyre and a big points haul means I’m right in contention for the championship as we hit the halfway point of the season.

“There’s still 15 races to go and anything can happen, so we’ll go away, keep working on fine-tuning the BMW and make sure we have an equally strong second half of the season.”

Turkington’s team-mate Rob Collard was in the thick of the action too as he bagged a podium in race two to close the gap to Gordon Shedden in the championship standings.

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