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BTCC champ Turkington: "Oulton Park is one of my favourites"

Sunday, May 31 2015

Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington returns to Oulton Park next weekend (6/7 June), the venue where his 2014 title charge took off one year ago.

With two victories at the Cheshire circuit, Colin took a championship lead that he would not relinquish, however with a new team and front-wheel-drive car to learn, it's a different story in 2015. Nevertheless with a win under his belt, Colin's second in the title race, just 11 points off leader Gordon Shedden's Honda.

"I'm quite pleased with how the season has started although you always wish for a bit more," Colin said. "I was delighted to take my first win at Donington and I still feel there is more to come. There were a lot of changes for me through the winter so to be still near the front is great. The VW has been fast at every circuit so far and we are improving all the time.  It's a very different championship to last year."

Colin admits that whilst he is gaining front-wheel-drive experience, he still has a few old habits to give up: "I had two seasons with the 1-Series and five seasons with the 3-Series before that, so it was a car I knew and understood really well. The VW feels and reacts in a completely different way so naturally it takes some time to adjust. I've had to work hard to adapt quickly back to front wheel drive, but I really enjoy driving the car. My confidence is growing all the time."

Now that Colin is heading to circuits that he likes, starting with Oulton Park, that confidence should be at a high next weekend: "I have always performed well at Oulton Park, even in my early career. It makes it easier to achieve good results when you enjoy the tracks and certainly this is one of my favourites. We had a pre season test with the VW at Oulton and the car felt really strong, so I'm hoping to continue my good form here."

Driving the car is only part of the story this year, with strategy playing a big role in tyre choice and carrying success ballast, but Colin thinks that this can be overplayed. "The rule tweaks have certainly made the approach to the races more challenging, but it's the same for everybody," he said. "You have to pick a strategy that gives you the best chance to win races and score points based on your current situation, but this strategy can change all the time. Securing three strong race finishes across the day is not easy but I try not overthink it and just drive as quickly as possible.    

"It's been such an unpredictable start to the season, the pack is much closer this year and everybody has a fast car, so I think it's more about whoever gets up on the right side of the bed."

Tickets for the BTCC at Oulton Park on 6/7 June are available in advance from £26, with free entry for children under 13. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.