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Colin Turkington: “It’s been a difficult weekend”

Colin Turkington admitted it had been a tough weekend on track at Thruxton after seeing his championship lead cut during the seventh meeting of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season.

The West Surrey Racing man was left with work to do on race day after qualifying in eleventh with his ballast-laden BMW 330i M Sport.

That left the Northern Irishman right in the middle of the action throughout race day, with a best finish of ninth in race being the only time he would manage to break into the top ten.

With Andrew Jordan ahead in all three races, Turkington saw his lead cut to 30 points at the head of the standings, with the defending champion left to reflect on his most challenging weekend of the year to date.

“It’s been a tough day and a tough weekend,” he said. “We’re not used to being outside the top ten and there has been a lot of hard graft for not much reward. That’s how it goes through and it swings in roundabouts.

“The qualifying result has determined our raceday because it’s incredibly difficult to get yourself out of the pack when the field is so evenly-matched. We knew that the key here would be to minimise the points loss, and finishing all three races at least did that.

“If this is the worst day we have points-wise all year, I’ll take it. I’m still 30 points ahead in the championship, which is more than a race win, and next we go to Knockhill, which is a track where the BMWs have always gone well.”