Turkington Extends His Championship Charge!
It was another great weekend for the BTCC championship leader, Colin Turkington, in the latest rounds held at Rockingham. Turkington took the chequered flag in the first two races of the day with Rob Austin making a popular climb to the top of the podium for the final race. Turkington’s wins also coincided with a poor weekend for his nearest challenger going into the weekend, Gordon Shedden, so his advantage now stands at 55 points over Jason Plato.
The MG duo of Plato and Sam Tordoff had looked strong all weekend and it was no surprise that Tordoff took his second pole position in a row from Turkington, with full ballast remember, then Plato, Shedden, Andrew Jordan and Adam Morgan.
Race One saw Turkington make a great start when the lights went out and he flew off the line and into the lead with Tordoff and Plato behind him. Matt Neal, having a season to forget, was once again well down the order after the lights went out. Lap 2 saw Tordoff pressurise Turkington, but to no avail, while Morgan made it up to 5th as the queue for the lead increased. A couple of laps later, Morgan and Jordan past Shedden as he went sideways after trying to pass Plato himself. However, one man who didn’t recover from going sideways was Lea Wood as he lost the back end of his Avensis under braking into the Deene Hairpin and his out of control car smacked into the front end of Warren Scott causing a safety car. Both cars suffered substantial damage, Wood’s especially, which was a bit surprising as it didn’t seem to be the worst impact ever seen. (more…)