Colin Turkington pleased to qualify ahead of title rivals for Silverstone opener

Colin Turkington says he is content with starting from eighth in race one at Silverstone after outqualifying his title rivals.

Lying second in the championship standings and carrying 66kgs of success ballast, the Team BMW driver produced a scintillating lap in what turned out to be a frenetic session.

Starting ahead of series leader Ashley Sutton as well as reigning champion Gordon Shedden, Turkington is firmly focused on extracting the most from his rear-wheel-drive in a bid to close the 12-point deficit to Sutton.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be happy with eighth, but given the circumstances, I’m content,” the Northern Irishman said at the end of the session.

“I’m carrying 66kg success ballast so I knew it was going to be a challenge today, but I’m ahead of all the other title contenders, so that’s a positive.

“All I can do is focus on attacking every single lap as hard as I can and extract the maximum from the BMW, which I think I did today.

“We’ll review the performance tonight, re-set ourselves and get ready for what I’m sure will be three incredibly tight races tomorrow.”

Turkington’s Team BMW team-mate Rob Collard, who is also in mathematical contention for the title, will line up 22nd.

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